Mother Doesnt Want A Dog

- By Judith Viorst
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Judith Viorst (née Stahl,[1] February 2, 1931) is an American writer, newspaper journalist, and psychoanalysis researcher.[2] She is known for her humorous observational poetry and for her children's literature. This includes The Tenth Good Thing About Barney (about the death of a pet) and the Alexander series of short picture books, which includes Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (1972), which has sold over two million copies.[3] Viorst is a 1952 graduate of the Newark College of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey. In 1968, Viorst signed the "Writers and Editors War Tax Protest" pledge, vowing to refuse tax payments in protest against the Vietnam War.[4] In the latter part of the 1970s, after two decades of writing for children and adults, she turned to the study of Freudian psychology. In 1981, she became a research graduate at Washington Psychoanalytic Institute after six years of study.

Mother Doesnt Want A Dog

Mother doesn’t want a dog.
Mother says they smell,
And never sit when you say sit,
Or even when you yell.
And when you come home late at night
And there is ice and snow,
You have to go back out because
The dumb dog has to go.
Mother doesn’t want a dog.
Mother says they shed,
And always let the strangers in
And bark at friends instead,
And do disgraceful things on rugs,
And track mud on the floor,
And flop upon your bed at night
And snore their doggy snore.
Mother doesn’t want a dog.
She’s making a mistake.
Because, more than a dog, I think
She will not want this snake.

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Word Lists:

Shed : a simple roofed structure, typically made of wood or metal, used as a storage space, a shelter for animals, or a workshop

Bark : the sharp explosive cry of certain animals, especially a dog, fox, or seal.

Track : a rough path or minor road, typically one beaten by use rather than constructed

Stranger : a person whom one does not know or with whom one is not familiar

Mistake : an action or judgment that is misguided or wrong


Additional Information:

Rating: A

Words: 120

Unique Words : 73

Sentences : 22

Reading Time : 0:32

Noun : 60

Conjunction : 14

Adverb : 10

Interjection : 0

Adjective : 4

Pronoun : 11

Verb : 15

Preposition : 10

Letter Count : 469

Sentiment : Positive

Tone : Conversational

Difficult Words : 13

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