By Mary Ann Hoberman b. 1930
I had a little brother
And I brought him to my mother
And I said I want another
Little brother for a change.
But she said don’t be a bother
So I took him to my father
And I said this little bother
Of a brother’s very strange.
But he said one little brother
Is exactly like another
And every little brother
Misbehaves a bit he said.
So I took the little bother
From my mother and my father
And I put the little bother
Of a brother back to bed.

Mary Ann Hoberman, “Brother” from The Llama Who Had No Pajama: 100 Favorite Poems. Copyright © 1959 and renewed 1987 by Mary Ann Hoberman. Reprinted with the permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Inc. This material may not be reproduced in any form or by any means without the prior written permission of the publisher.

Source: The Llama Who Had No Pajama: 100 Favorite Poems (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1959)

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Poet Mary Ann Hoberman b. 1930

Subjects Family & Ancestors, Youth, Living, Relationships

 Mary Ann Hoberman


Mary Ann Hoberman was born on August 12, 1930, in Stamford, Connecticut. In 1951, she received a BA in history from Smith College and, thirty-five years later, an MA in English literature from Yale University. She co-founded and performed with both “The Pocket People,” a children’s theatre group, and “Women’s Voice,” a group giving dramatized poetry readings. But ever since her first book was published in 1957, her primary . . .

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