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A Bus Full of Books Please

We have won the lottery, but we do not want to spoil you
Mamma Sandwich said to her daughter, eight-year-old Lou.
Your papa says we will buy you one thing that you want badly.
If it is within reason, and our budget, we will do it gladly.

A bus full of books is what I want answered little Lou.
Nonfiction, fiction, joke books, and Spanish books too.
Books! Not video games or a couple of trampolines?
No, Lou replied. I want none of those banal boring things.

Her father the professor bought out a library’s shelves at eight.
They brought them home in a school bus. Lou yelled out “great!”
Mom said, “I hope she wants to read half this much when she is nine.”
“She will,” her father the professor replied, for this daughter is all mine.”

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