The most important thing that we've learned
So far as children are concerned,
Is never, never, never let
Them sit near a television set-
Or better still, just don't install
The idiotic thing at all.
They sit and stare and stare and sit,
Until they're hypnotized by it.
Oh, yes we know it keeps them still,
They never fight or kick or punch
they leave you free to cook the lunch
"All right!" you'll cry, "All right!" you'll say
"But if we take the set away
What shall we do to entertain
Our darling children? Please explain!"
We'll answer this by asking you,
What used the darling ones to do?
How used they keep themselves contented
Before the monster was invented?
Have you forgotten? Don't you know?
We'll say it very loud and slow:
They... used... to...READ!
They'd read and read
And read and read and then proceed
To read some more. Great Scott! Gadzooks!
One half their life was reading books!
Such wondrous, fine, fantastic tales
Of dragons, gypsies, queens and whales,
And treasure isles and distant shores
Where smugglers rowed with muffled oars.
There's Mr. Rat and Mr. Mole.
Oh, books, what books they used to know
Those Children living long ago
So Please, oh please, we beg, we pray
Go throw your TV set away
And in it's place you can install
A lovely bookshelf on the wall
then fill the shelves with lots of books
Ignoring all the dirty looks,
The screams and yells, the bites and kicks,
And children hitting you with sticks
Fear not, because we promise you,
That in about a week or two
Of having nothing else to do,
They'll now begin to feel the need
Of having something good to read.
And once they start- oh boy, oh boy!
You watch the slowly growing joy
That fills their hearts. They'll grow so keen
they'll wonder what they'd ever seen
In that ridiculous machine!
And later, each and every kid
Will love you more for what you did!