Lost and Found

Today we did some laundry washing
But somehow while the suds were sloshing
Turning, churning, swashing, sploshing…
We lost another sock.

“Where do they go, those socks and mittens?”
Mama asked, her teeth-a-grittin’.
Then dad leaned back where he was sittin’
And quietly he said:

“I’ll tell you something no one knows
‘Bout where those socks and mittens goes
But only if you cross your toes
And promise you’ll keep it secret.

“Inside the pantry is a tiny man
Who lives behind a green bean can
And eats our toasted oatmeal bran.
He says his name is Jacques.

“Jacque’s so small he has no clothes
Except for what he finds and sews.
To keep himself from getting froze,
He has to be creative.

“So the washer lid is where he clings
To hang a hook down on a string
And grab some dirty, smelly things
Like socks and jocks and mittens.

“So now that you have lost a sock
Don’t just stand around and squawk;
Just know that you have helped our Jacques
Survive another winter.

“But next time that you lose your keys
I’d run to check the pantry please
Before they’re used to spread cream cheese
On Jacque’s morning bagel.”

Phil HausslerWritten by Phil Haussler.
Illustrated by Nina Crittenden.



This illustrated poem was created for Project OpenBook, an experiment in doing good.

To learn more and follow the journey, visit:
marblespark.com/project-openbook

9 Responses to “Lost and Found”

  1. Ann Troe Says:

    Nina! Wonderful illustration! I am so excited that you have contributed your amazing talent! Everyone Check out her website: http://www.ninacrittenden.com

    Ann Troe ;-D

  2. Stacey Says:

    Where do you come up with these poems? I love it!

  3. Nina Crittenden Says:

    Wow! Thanks, Ann! :)

  4. Chris Says:

    Amazing writing and illustration! I'm ashamed to say that I didn't see Jacques the first time I looked.

  5. Jattop6 Says:

    Very nice work Nina! I love your ability in using simplicity to capture expression.
    Fun poem too!

  6. Jattop6 Says:

    Very nice work Nina! I love your ability in using simplicity to capture expression.
    Fun poem too!

  7. Tyler Says:

    Book worthy!!! This is one of my favorites and clears up a few questions that I've had about the laundry business. I like the rhyme variation. I don't know what you call that, but I like it. Nice work with the hidden Jacques.

  8. Jenbreeze Says:

    I love it! Ann's poem is just so fun, and her descriptions paint the story in my imagination. And in comes Nina, with her artistic touch, to bring it all to life. Wonderful!!

  9. Jenbreeze Says:

    I love it! Ann's poem is just so fun, and her descriptions paint the story in my imagination. And in comes Nina, with her artistic touch, to bring it all to life. Wonderful!!

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