While rearranging books, I came across a favorite from days gone by. Goops and how to be them, a manual of manners for polite infants by Gelett Burgess. The book was originally published in 1900. Growing up we learned some of these poems by memory, and our children are also quite familiar with them.
What a treat for my sister to discover that Applewood Books has reprinted this classic. She soon after sent me a copy.
Who could forget part one of Table Manners:
The Goops they lick their fingers,
And the Goops they lick their knives;
They spill their broth on the tablecloth —
Oh, they lead disgusting lives!
The Goops they talk while eating,
And loud and fast they chew;
And that is why I’m glad that I
Am not a Goop — are you?