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The Animal Store

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If I had a hundred dollars to spend,
    Or maybe a little more,
I’d hurry as fast as my legs would go
    Straight to the animal store.

I wouldn’t say, “How much for this or that?”
    “What kind of a dog is he?”
I’d buy as many as rolled an eye,
    Or wagged a tail at me!

I’d take the hound with the drooping ears
    That sits by himself alone;
Cockers and Cairns and wobbly pups
    For to be my very own.

I might buy a parrot all red and green,
    And the monkey I saw before,
If I had a hundred dollars to spend,
    Or maybe a little more.

Rachel Field, "The Animal Store" from Taxis and Toadstools. Copyright © 1926 by Doubleday, a division of Random House, Inc. Used by permission of Doubleday, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House, Inc.
Source: The Golden Book of Poetry (1947)
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  • Novelist, poet, and children’s author Rachel Field was born in New York and attended Radcliffe College. Field’s novels for adults include Time Out of Mind (1935) and All This and Heaven Too (1938), which was turned into a movie starring Bette Davis and Charles Boyer. She is the author of Fear Is the Thorn (1936) as well as several poetry collections for children, including Taxis and Toadstools (1926), An Alphabet for Boys and Girls (1926), and A Circus Garland: Poems (1930).
    Field spent summers in Cranberry Isles, Maine, and a number of her books are set in Maine. Her books for young adults, including the Newbery Medal winner Hitty: Her First Hundred Years (1929), chronicling the life of a doll, and Calico Bush (1931), often take place in Maine. God’s Pocket (1934) is a retelling of the adventures of Captain Samuel Hadlock Jr. of Cranberry Isles. Field’s poem...

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