This is an incredible poem written by Mary Howitt many years ago, yet it still pertains to lessons that should be learned in the world today. Evil schemers will do everything they can to lure innocent victims into their world. This is an eye-opening tale that makes children realize that these schemers will use flattering words and whatever else they can to get what they want.
I love to read this book during Red Ribbon Week when we are teaching our students about choices and being drug-free! We talk about how people will try to get them to try drugs/alcohol to get them hooked and lead them down the wrong path in life.
Kids really know more than what we think they do! I'm always shocked to hear the stories that they share about relatives that are involved in drugs and what they have been through. In class, we discuss the decisions they will have to make as they move up to jr. high and high school.
Believe me, they will not forget this story! My own children have remembered this story for years. Mary Howitt must have dealt with this issue hundreds of years ago and wanted to teach her own children a lesson, too.
Be sure to add the creepy song in there! It just adds a little bit more spine-tingling dread to the tale!
For a copy of the poem to hand out to students, you can find it here....