Brother

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 by permission of Harcourt, Inc. This material may not be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted 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

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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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