Little Orphant Annie

Little Orphant Annie

The Apple Seed

Creature Feature

Episode: Creature Feature

  • Feb 8, 2017 7:00 am
  • 3:11 mins

An 1885 poem by James Whitcomb Riley, written in Riley’s famous Hoosier dialect. The subject was inspired by Mary Alice "Allie" Smith, an orphan living in the Riley home during her childhood. Each stanza tells of a bad child who is snatched away by goblins as a result of their misbehavior. Storyteller Tim Lowry performs the poem that warns children to behave well, lest they fall to the same fate as the children in the poem. Find more of his work at

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