INTRODUCTION In this DIRECTORY you'll seeJust what you never ought to be;And so, it should Direct your wayTo Good Behavior, every day.The children of whose faults I tellAre known by other names, as well,So see that you aren't in this groupOf Naughty Ones. Don't be a Goop!
MARMADUKE ARGYLL Talking while Eating
A Goop that alwaysmakes me smileIs this one:Marmaduke Argyll.His mouth is fullfrom cheek to cheek,Why should he thenattempt to speak?It makes me smile,but still, the fact is,It is a mostunpleasant practice.
NANCY BEAL Throwing Away Things
On the sidewalkNancy BealThrows her oldbanana peel;Throws her appleskin and cores,Right in frontof people's doors!Isn't that ashocking trick?Ask that Goopto stop it, quick!
MASTER BILDAD Selfish With Toys
A puppy, when hegets a bone,Will keep it forhimself alone.So Bildad would notshare his toysOr lend them tothe other boys.He was a Goop;and so are youIf you are everselfish, too!
PERCY BINGG In the Way
Percy Bingg,when he's at play,Is almost alwaysin the way;In the room,or in the street,Always underpeople's feet!Goops like thatannoy me so!You keep outthe way, I know!
BETSY BIRCH Talking in Church
Look at littleBetsy Birch,Always whisperingin church!Always playingwith the books,Never caringhow she looks!Never knowingGoops like herOught to neithertalk nor stir!
LEVI BOING Going Carelessly
Are you a Goop,like Levi Boing?He never lookswhere he is going;He's always bumpinginto chairs,And stumbling, whenhe goes upstairs;He tips things over,bumps his nose.He can't be careful,I suppose!
MARY C. C. CALL Crying Continually
Mary CareyCory Call—Hear her cry andhear her bawl!Hear her groan!Hear her growl!Hear her moan!—Hear her howl!She's the goopiestGoop of all,Mary CareyCory Call!
LITTLE CORALIE Getting Feet Wet
Though Coraliewas small and sweet,She always, alwayshad wet feet.She liked to walkthrough puddles; so,She always hada cold, you know.But as you aren'ta Goop, you tryTo keep your tootsieswarm and dry.
ANDREW CROSSETT Playing With Faucet
Have you heard howAndrew CrossettMeddled with thewater-faucet?Letting waterflood the sink?Andrew wasa Goop, I think;Otherwise hewould have knownHe should letsuch things alone!
ANNABELLA DAY Obeying Slowly
How slow isAnnabella Day!She's so reluctantto obey!She acts so sluggishand so sickly!Oh, Anna, why notdo it quickly?Oh, Anna, do beprompt, and then,No one will callyou "Goop" again!
GWENDOLYN De V. De WITT Sulking
Miss GwendolynDe Vere De WittIs having sucha sulky fit!Because she couldn'thave her wayWith other childrenat their play.A sulky GoopI really callAs bad as thosewho cry and bawl.
ADOLPHUS ELFINSTONE Playing With Matches
Adolphus Elfinstone,of Nachez,Thought it was funto play with matchesUntil the little Goophad learnedIt hurt a lotwhen he got burned...!