Thanksgiving Magic

By Rowena Bastin Bennett b. 1896
Thanksgiving Day I like to see
Our cook perform her witchery.
She turns a pumpkin into pie
As easily as you or I
Can wave a hand or wink an eye.
She takes leftover bread and muffin
And changes them to turkey stuffin’.
She changes cranberries to sauce
And meats to stews and stews to broths;
And when she mixes gingerbread
It turns into a man instead
With frosting collar ’round his throat
And raisin buttons down his coat.
Oh, some like magic made by wands,
   And some read magic out of books,
And some like fairy spells and charms
   But I like magic made by cooks!

Rowena Bastin Bennett, “Thanksgiving Magic” from The Random House Book of Poetry for Children, edited by Jack Prelutsky (New York: Random House, 1983). Reprinted with the permission of Kenneth C. Bennett.

Source: The Random House Book of Poetry for Children (Random House Inc., 1983)

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Poet Rowena Bastin Bennett b. 1896

Subjects Eating & Drinking, Activities

Holidays Thanksgiving


Rowena Bastin Bennett wrote plays, stories, and poetry for children. Her collections of poetry include Songs from Around a Toadstool Table: A Child’s Book of Verse (1937), Alphabet Book (1938), Story-teller Poems (1948), Here Comes Christmas: A Book of Christmas Poems for Youngsters (1962), and The Day Is Dancing and Other Poems (1968). Poet and editor Jack Prelutsky included her work in The Random House Book of Poetry for . . .

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