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    finding the words to Quack Said Jerusha...

    Does anyone just have the words to this...when I was little I had to sit with my baby brother on our front porch while he took his afternoon nap...he would only stay there if I read and acted out this poem...we had the book...it was in a huge green covered book of other stories and poems but it is long gone...I would love to have the words to it...can anyone help?

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    Hi and welcome to Pet Talk. I have the poem in the big green book as you described. If you want a xerox copy of it, PM me.
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    Quack said Jerusha

    [QUOTE=AvaJoy;93009][SIZE=3][FONT=century gothic][COLOR=deeppink]I am on a quest and hope maybe someone can help . . .

    If anyone knows the words or can locate this children's poem for me I shall be eternally grateful!

    It is called "Quack! Said Jerusha" written by Mildred Plew Merryman in the 1930's. Quite a lengthy poem about the charming experiences of a duckling upon breaking out of her shell.

    AvaJoy!
    Please let me know how I might get a copy of this precious poem. I too have been on a (passive) quest for info about the poem and a copy. I recited a portion of it at my kindergarden graduation in 1959.
    If it is not emailable I'll gladly pay for postage and trouble.
    Contact me at...[email protected]

    Ever so Grateful! Long live Google! Long live Jerusha!
    Davidrenae

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    I didn't realize the poem I'd loved was a tiny portion of a larger one.

    It's a delight. Thank you SO much, AvaJoy!!!
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    You are very welcome, AmberLee! Yes, it IS lengthy (20 pages) and the illustrations are so darling.

    Davidrenae, I tried to email you with details. You will need to PM (Private Message) me if you are still seeking Jerusha.
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    I, too, have been looking for the poem, "Quack", said Jerusha, for quite some time! When my children were small they received this big story book for Christmas one year and we literally 'wore' the book out! The older children all remember Jerusha but unfortunately the younger ones didn't get to see that book since it became lost somewhere along the way! I have read the response from a BSC user and I would like to know if that person still has or can get any copies of the "Childrens' Stories" book, which I understand contained the poem about Jerusha!! I now have grandchildren and would love to have a copy for them. If at all possible, I would like to have the entire book but if not, I would be most happy to have just a copy of the Jerusha poem, it was a precious poem! Thank you very much,

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    Hi, Grammaw, and if you are interested in a xerox copy of Jerusha you can private message (PM) me. It is a darling poem, and the illustrations are equally as adorable!
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    POEM, quack said Jerusha

    Quote Originally Posted by AvaJoy View Post
    I am on a quest and hope maybe someone can help . . .

    If anyone knows the words or can locate this children's poem for me I shall be eternally grateful!

    It is called "Quack! Said Jerusha" written by Mildred Plew Merryman in the 1930's. Quite a lengthy poem about the charming experiences of a duckling upon breaking out of her shell. It was a favorite of mine as a little girl and I remember my Mother reading it to me many times over. I've had no luck finding anything on the internet. I have a feeling it was within a book of other nursery rhymes by various authors, which makes my search even more difficult . . .

    It had such an impact that later in life when I had a pet duck (I hatched her myself in a little mail-away plastic incubator) I named her Jerusha. She imprinted on me as her mom and followed me everywhere. When she reached maturity I set her free to live on a farm with other duckies; last I heard she was happily sitting on a nest of eggs . . . this was many, many years ago.

    Well, PetTalk people are the greatest, so I'm keeping my paws crossed that somebody will come through on this mission of mine . . . pretty please??
    It was one of my favorites, too. My grandmother read it to us. Here it is:

    "QUACK!" SAID JERUSHA


    One morning when Jerusha woke,
    She took her perky leg
    And gave a sort of poky-poke
    And pushed away her egg;

    And as she stepped from out her shell
    And looked around for luck:
    "Quack!" said Jerusha
    "I seem to be a duck!"

    At once Jerusha went to get
    A dainty bite to fill her,
    When perched upon a plant she met
    A portly caterpillar;

    And thus as she divided him
    And downed him with a scrunch:
    "Quack!" said Jerusha
    "Oh, feel my fuzzy lunch!"

    Jerusha glided off the grass
    To take a little wade;
    She gazed into the looking-glass
    The wavy water made;

    And when she first beheld herself
    Appearing through the blur:
    "Quack!" said Jerusha
    "Now, where have I seen her?"

    Jerusha traveled to and fro
    To hunt a little home;
    She found an empty pumpkin, so
    She bought it from a gnome.

    And though at first it took her breath,
    It seemed so tight a fit,
    "Quack!" said Jerusha
    "Perhaps 'twill grow a bit!"

    Jerusha paused beside her sill
    To pick some prety phlox;
    When all at once beyond her bill
    She spied a wily fox.

    "Good morning, Madam," said the fox;
    "I hope to call some night!"
    "Quack!" said Jerusha
    "Isn't he polite!"

    Jerusha went a-marketing
    To buy potatoes cheap;
    She tripped upon her bonnet string
    And tumbled in a heap.

    Kerplunk! went all the vegetables
    And down the basket crashed:
    "Quack!" said Jerusha
    "I like potatoes mashed!"

    Jerusha, once, correctly shod,
    Attired in bib and sack,
    Went out to take a promenade
    Upon the railroad track:

    When like a flash an engine came
    And dumped her in the dirt:
    "Quack!" said Jerusha
    "I hope the train's not hurt!"

    Now, just beside Jerusha's hedge
    There lay a ripply pond;
    She set her feet upon the edge,
    She waded out beyond:

    She flipped her wing and felt herself
    Go swimming pat as pat:
    "Quack!" said Jerusha
    "Now, where did I learn that!"

    Jerusha found a walnut shell
    A squirrel had left one day;
    Beneath a breezy heather bell
    She looked and there it lay.

    And as Jerusha looked at it
    And poked it with her shoe:
    "Quack!" said Jerusha
    "Whose little egg are you?"

    One day Jerusha paused beside
    A meadow full of mustard;
    "Oh, what a pretty sight," she cried,
    "It's just like yellow custard!"

    When puff, puff, puff! a mustard whiff
    Came blowing on the breezes:
    "Quack!" said Jerusha
    "Oh, hear my ducky sneezes!"

    Jerusha took a crooked pin
    And caught a frisky fish;
    She fried him frizzy, tail and fin,
    And went to get a dish;

    When out he flapped and flipped away
    As fast as he could run:
    "Quack!" said Jerusha
    "I thought that he was done!"

    Jerusha used to like to sit
    and hear her chimney poof;
    She liked to have him growl a bit
    and grumble on the roof;

    And while she watched his smoke go up
    In lazy little swirls:
    "Quack!" said Jerusha
    "Oh, see the chimney's curls!"

    When winter came Jerusha went
    To skate upon the ice;
    Oh, merrily she bowed and bent
    And found it very nice;

    Till, all at once, she met a hole
    And zipped around the rim:
    "Quack!" said Jerusha
    "This is where I swim!"

    Jerusha cocked her eye one day
    Upon a furry bunny;
    "Ho!" she heard the fellow say,
    "You feathered folk are funny;

    "Just think, my dear, were you like me,
    Then you could hop much higher."
    "Quack!" said Jerusha
    "I'd rather be a flier!"

    Once when Jerusha slumbered sound
    Beneath a weeping willow,
    A farmer snipped her feathers round
    To make his wife a pillow;

    Then lo, at length Jerusha woke
    and felt her heart go throb:
    "Quack!" said Jerusha
    "Oh, see my ducky bob!"

    At last Jerusha quite grew up
    And met a handsome Drake;
    He took her swimming after sup
    Along the lilied lake;

    "Oh, wouldn't it be nice," said he,
    "To always swim like this?"
    "Quack!" said Jerusha
    And blew a little kiss.

    Then soon the quacking preacher came
    And made them man and wife;
    Jerusha took her husband's name
    And settled down for life.

    "A penny for your thoughts, my dear,"
    Said Mrs. Hen with clucks:
    "Quack!" said Jerusha
    "Little baby ducks!"

    And as Jerusha murmured that
    She lifted up her legs,
    and there beneath Jerusha sat
    A lot of little eggs;

    And when from each a yellow head
    Began to bob and crook:
    "Quack!" said Jerusha
    "Oh, Papa, come and look!"

    And so the little duckies,
    Like other girls and boys,
    Grew up and played around the house
    With pink and purple toys.

    "We'll play along till after nine,"
    The jolly babies said.
    "Quack!" said Jerusha
    "It's time to go to bed."

    By Mildred P. Merryman
    in "Children's Stories" Selected by The Child Study Association
    Illustrated by Theresa Kalab
    Copyright, 1950 by Whitman Publishing Co., Racine, Wis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AvaJoy View Post
    I am on a quest and hope maybe someone can help . . .

    If anyone knows the words or can locate this children's poem for me I shall be eternally grateful!

    It is called "Quack! Said Jerusha" written by Mildred Plew Merryman in the 1930's. Quite a lengthy poem about the charming experiences of a duckling upon breaking out of her shell. It was a favorite of mine as a little girl and I remember my Mother reading it to me many times over. I've had no luck finding anything on the internet. I have a feeling it was within a book of other nursery rhymes by various authors, which makes my search even more difficult . . .

    It had such an impact that later in life when I had a pet duck (I hatched her myself in a little mail-away plastic incubator) I named her Jerusha. She imprinted on me as her mom and followed me everywhere. When she reached maturity I set her free to live on a farm with other duckies; last I heard she was happily sitting on a nest of eggs . . . this was many, many years ago.

    Well, PetTalk people are the greatest, so I'm keeping my paws crossed that somebody will come through on this mission of mine . . . pretty please??
    oops, sorry. I left out 2 verses:

    "Quack!" said Jerusha
    "I'd rather be a flier!"

    Jerusha took her sled in tow
    And hauled it up a hill;
    She started at the top, heigho!
    And coasted with a will.

    Down like a flash Jerusha came
    And bumped the water trough:
    "Quack!" said Jerusha
    "That's how I get off!"

    Oh, how Jerusha loved the Zoo--
    The monkeys in their hut;
    But best of all she liked to view
    The peacock with his strut;

    And as she watched him take his tail
    And flirt it like a fish:
    "Quack!" said Jerusha
    "Oh, Mister, what a swish!"

    Once when Jerusha slumbered sound
    Beneath a weeping willow,

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    Jerusha!

    I just wanted to thank you all for having completed MY quest! I actually have the book "Children's Stories", which I read so many times to my little sister that it is in really sorry shape. I was missing only two pages ... the first two, in the adorable poem of Quack said Jerusha. I used to have it all memorized, but at 63, I've apparently got some leaks in my memory banks.

    So THANK YOU for having found and typed up that poem! I now have a 4-year-old granddaughter and two tiny great-grandchildren, and I truly wanted to be able to repeat that poem, even if the first few drawings aren't with it!

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    "Quack! said Jerush" Whitman book

    Quote Originally Posted by BSC View Post
    I sell children's books. I currently have 5 copies of the 1950s Whitman book which contains the poem: Quack said Jerusha. I know that these are old posts but just in case someone is still interested there are books out there. In 12 years of dealing in children's books, I have only seen two softbound copies of the story in a book alone.

    Many Thanks
    I have been looking for this book for years! This was my Father's favorite book as a child. If you still have one available, I am interested. Thanks!

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    My mother has been looking for a copy of this poem for years. She (and I) would be so happy if someone could provide us with a copy!

    Thanks in advance for your help!

    Dan

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    Hi, Dan ~ Just PM (Private message) me with your address and I can mail you a 20 page xerox copy, complete with the darling illustrations. Nothng is lost in the copy since it was originally black and white.
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    Quack Said Jerusah

    Hey AvaJoy!!! I have been looking for this for years and cannot believe I have finally come upon some information!!!

    Would you mind sending me a copy of this too? If you will email me your address, I will send you a SASE. I am so excited....I kept asking everyone in my family if they remembered it but nobody did!!!

    YEA!

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    Quote Originally Posted by barbannschu View Post
    Hey AvaJoy!!! I have been looking for this for years and cannot believe I have finally come upon some information!!!

    Would you mind sending me a copy of this too? If you will email me your address, I will send you a SASE. I am so excited....I kept asking everyone in my family if they remembered it but nobody did!!!

    YEA!
    Hi, happy to oblige and just send me a PM (private message) with your address.
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