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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

3-year-old charmer


Oh my goodness, this video of a 3-year-old reciting a gorgeous (and long!) poem is one of the most adorable things I've ever seen. I can't believe he memorized the whole thing.

52 comments:

Joanna Goddard said...

i LOVE his baby accent. acks! so cute.

Giulia said...

Oh, man. I'm sending this to Billy. (Seriously)

Joanna Goddard said...

omg, you should, giulia! the poem is so, so beautiful. "you are the bread and the knife. you will always be the bread and the knife." i die!

Giulia said...

He's gonna love it. Just sent. Tell Toby to to sleep now. (ha)

Susan (on Giulia the Cat's behalf)

Roxy said...

Wow. Just wow.

Beny Ricardo Sadewo said...

yaiii The accent!! so cute and gorgeous...



love,
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laura marie said...

oh my gosh i just forwarded this to all my fellow literary geeks... thanks for sharing, absolutely LOVE this kid! :)

Jennifer said...

This is SO insane, isn't it?!? I said to my friends that he should be on the commercial for that "Teach Your Baby to Read" system!

spearmint baby said...

love this! and i love all this baby talk ;)
xx,
shari
spearmintbaby.com

Anonymous said...

I don't understand how he memorizes that! But i love his casual beautiful delivery.

Anonymous said...

What an incredible kid. I don't have children yet.(Engaged) I am already hoping I'll have a child as bright and astute as this little guy I saw this video last Friday via http://forme-foryou.com/ and loved it.
Happy to see this cute little fella around the web.

Shine Little Light* said...

So cute! Check this out: A frnech four year old making up her own epic fairy tale! Baby speaking french is just the cutest!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UM35grvNkss&NR=1

*s*

Katie said...

I cannot believe you posted this video!
I know this family (and they are all smart and talented)! My husband and the father of this three year old were classmates!
What a sweetie.

Olivia said...

omg i cant stop watching this video!!

Dancing Branflake said...

@Katie- you know this family? That is so awesome! And Joanna, I love that you call it baby accents. Awesome!

Melanie said...

this is absolutely incredible. it makes you realize what children are capable of. such strong words and intelligent phrasing from an innocent vessel, how can you resist?

Diana Mieczan said...

This is incredible! OMG...I was in shock watching it.......He is soooooo cute!

I want to watch it over and over again...hahaha

Kisses,Joanna

PoetessWug said...

OH MY GOODNESS!!!! I am just smiling from ear to ear!! I am a Poet, but I never heard that Poem before. How wonderful that the first time I hear it is from the mouth of a little heart-bending Poet like him. I also know that no matter how many times I hear it henceforth it will never feel the same again. :-)

Melissa Blake said...

AHHHHH!!! I've never heard the poem before, but that little kid is absolutely incredible.

Congrats on your first Highchair Critics post, Joanna! I'd say it was a success! :)

liv said...

Kids are much smarter than we think and they feel what's going on around them. That's why it's so important to talk to them, even if they don't speak so much when they are tiny. That's how they develop a feeling for language.

SewnNatural said...

so cute!!

my 3.5 year old sings "Waltzing Matlida" - she's obsessed with rugby.

the sweetest part is when she says "billy boil" - it gets me every time.

Patricia said...

so so cute!!!

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dreamday said...

i'll be watching this all day!!! his inflection is the best, especially at the very end. "the bread and the knife" xo!

rebekah said...

wow.. this is amazing! what a heart breaker!

Becca said...

Well I know how I'll be teaching my kids to read! Also, I loved the Highchair Critics post - as someone without kids, it truly tugged on my heart strings and was a pleasure to read!

Becca

Gabrielle said...

this is amazing, and so so cute! maybe this will be Toby in three years!

The French said...

Wow. I'm not even sure I could memorize that...not to mention while playing with toys.

So cute:)

BethanySusan said...

i was totally in need of a spirit lift and you came through, as always. thank you.

Filipa said...

He is so darn cute and so smart! His accent is adorable!

Sara Szatmary said...

Every child has a wonderful talent (even its just making you smile on a bad day), but this sure is rare. Thanks for sharing!

Rachel said...

he actually has intonation and gusto when he recites this! this just pulls on my heart strings...

Croatian_Latina said...

I love it! the pauses he takes in between the lines..aww and his sweet voice. My congrats to the lucky parents. they have done a good job of raising him!

Now I will have to google this poem...

Croatian_Latina said...

You are the bread and the knife,
the crystal goblet and the wine.
You are the dew on the morning grass
and the burning wheel of the sun.
You are the white apron of the baker
and the marsh birds suddenly in flight.

However, you are not the wind in the orchard,
the plums on the counter,
or the house of cards.
And you are certainly not the pine-scented air.
There is just no way you are the pine-scented air.

It is possible that you are the fish under the bridge,
maybe even the pigeon on the general's head,
but you are not even close
to being the field of cornflowers at dusk.

And a quick look in the mirror will show
that you are neither the boots in the corner
nor the boat asleep in its boathouse.

It might interest you to know,
speaking of the plentiful imagery of the world,
that I am the sound of rain on the roof.

I also happen to be the shooting star,
the evening paper blowing down an alley,
and the basket of chestnuts on the kitchen table.

I am also the moon in the trees
and the blind woman's tea cup.
But don't worry, I am not the bread and the knife.
You are still the bread and the knife.
You will always be the bread and the knife,
not to mention the crystal goblet and--somehow-- the wine.

Joanna Goddard said...

no way, katie! what a small world!! his mom sounds so lovely on the video.

Joanna Goddard said...

so beautiful to see the poem written out, Croatian_Latina, thank you!

gemma said...

a charmer indeed, love this!!!!!

Anna said...

Found this gem a couple days ago. Not sure if you've seen? More cute toddlers.

Meet Capucine, the big-eyed little french girl. So adorable.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UM35grvNkss

Best,

Anna

RedDirtRevival said...

OH GOODNESS! It's too cute!! I can't stand it!

stephanie said...

oh my!! i just melted completely, what a cutie!! the baby accent...swoon!

Marty J. Christopher said...

I love this! So cute! Makes you wish you should be so lucky as to have such intelligent children. Any response from the poet himself yet?

PS. I've started recapping our wedding over at my own blog before I submit it at other websites. Feel free to pop by and have a gander.

Nicola said...

This is utterly amazing! :)

Melissa B said...

You'll also enjoy this one :) It's amazing how this 21-month-old girl knows all the states in the US by looking at the name of their capital... I don't know how she does that, children her age are just starting to speak!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrLMkxhCmQA

vera kate said...

Oh. My. Goodness!!

Jessie Zenor said...

Oh, this is one of my favorite poems, and i think this is the favorite time i have ever heard it! thanks for posting it!

Stephanie said...

not sure why, but this makes me want to cry, i actually am a little. in a good way! he is amazing and beautiful. thanks for sharing this! now i'm going to!

kaela d. said...

oh my goodness...i have an english degree and that just made my heart swell. he is too sweet and he is reciting an incredible piece of poetry. he just kills me when he says..."but don't worry - you are still the bread and the wine"

<3 brilliant. thank you for sharing.

Janie Gleason said...

AH. Solidly the cutest thing I've seen in YEARS.

J.S. said...

omg he is so cute!!!

jen
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