Never Tease a Weasel

We had a cleaning day this weekend. A bookshelf cleaning day. Hohummm. That means it was kind of a lazy day. There’s never much dust flying when the Mom Person tackles bookshelves. She pulls a few books off the shelf, but then has to sit down and look at the books. Some just get a quick thumbing, but others she actually reads. And we dogs get to hear about how this one was so-and-so’s favorite. And this one makes so-and-so laugh out loud. And this one has the best pictures. And this one reminds her of when such-and-such happened. And, well, you get my drift.

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So this weekend she got nostalgic (big word) about this book – Never Tease a Weasel. Written by Jean Conder Soule and illustrated by Denman Hampson. It was published by Parents’ Magazine Press in 1964. This was evidently a very favorite book of ALL four of the Mom Person’s kids. I don’t know of anybody else who has ever heard of this book!

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It’s a rhyming, sing-song,silly book. Good silly.
“You could give a mule a pool,
And some jaunty swimming trunks;
Send a case of Spanish lace
To a pair of lady skunks.
But never tease a weasel.
This is very good advice.
A weasel will not like it
And teasing isn’t nice!”

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(This is definitely very good advice! You should never tease a weasel! Or a dog. Or a cat. Or any animal at all!) This refrain is repeated several times in the book and the Mom Person can still hear those kids saying it Altogether at once! I wonder if they still recite this book. It is one that kind of sticks in your head. The illustrations are pretty cute. Not much color. Most of the pictures are pink and black. Some of the illustrations are in color though. The rhymes are funny and simple to read.  It’s a pretty good book and I can see how it might become a favorite.

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When looking for this book online, we found 2 different covers. This is the one that came off of our bookshelf and is now nice and clean.

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And this is a newer addition. Quite a different feel, but cute. It is illustrated by cartoonist George Booth.

For more information on weasels you can look here.

And for your entertainment here is a rendition of Pop Goes the Weasel!

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