Donut. Quick--what pops into your head? For me it's a jelly donut. For some, most likely those who live in New England, it might be apple cider donuts at the local orchard. For others it could be a date at a donut shop, or "The Doughnut," a story in Robert McCloskey's Homer Price [J MCC].
Donuts have a long--they donuts arrived with the Pilgrims--and proud--think of the "donut girls" of the two world wars--history.
With the proliferation of Dunkin' Donuts and other chain shops, donuts may have lost their status as a special treat, which is sad.
Since it is Poetry Friday, and since it is National Donut Day, I'll put the regrets aside and offer a non-caloric donut treat:
We have this song on A Twinkle in Your Eye by Burl Ives [CD CHILDREN IVE].
Here's one that I used to sing as a kid, having learned it at camp when I was about 8 years old. I remember the opening lines as, "Oh, I went to Toledo, and I walked around the block, and I walked right into a bakery shop."
Instead of the closing line, "Thanks for the donut, so long!" we sang, "Shave and a haircut--two bits." What that had to do with a donut I'll never know. A version of "The Donut Song" can be found in The Complete Book of Rhymes, Songs, Poems, Fingerplays, and Chants compiled by Jackie Silberg and Pam Schiller [372.6 COM]. It comes with a CD.
Who knows, if you head over to Buffy's Blog for the Poetry Friday Round-Up, you may find more donut-related verse!