Mattie's Wants & Wishes

A Piece of Calico

A Piece of Calico

Grandma received a request to find the rhyme that one of her visitor's was seeking. Here's my visitor's request....

"I wants a piece of talatoe,
to make my doll a dress
I doesn't need a big piece
a yard will do I guess.
I wants to go to Grandma's
you promised me I might"

This was my favorite story my Great Grandmother used to tell me before bed...Everyone in my family that would remember this has passed away. I do not know where to begin to look to find it. Thank you

Sure hope this is the nursery rhyme you were seeking!


Mattie's Want and Wishes

I wants a piece of Calico
To make my doll a dress,
I doesn't want a big piece
A yard will do I guess.

I wish you'd fred my needle
and find my fimble too,
I have such heaps of sewing
I don't know what to do.

My Hepsie tord her apron
In tumbling down the stairs,
An' Caesar lost his pantaloons
He needs a nuzzer pair.

My Maude must have a bonnet
She hasn't none at all,
Fred must have a jacket
His ozzer one's too small.

I want to go to Grandma's
You promised me I might,
I know she'd like to see me
I wants to go tonight.

She lets me wipe the dishes
And look in Grandpa's watch,
I wish I had a penny
To buy some butterscotch.

I need some newer mittens
I wish you'd knit me some,
My fingers almost freezes
They leak so at the fumb.

I wore them out last summer
Pullin' George's sled,
I wish you wouldn't laugh so
It hurts me in the head.

I wish I had a cookie
I'm hungry as can be,
If you haven't got a large one
You'd better bring me free.

I wish I had a piano
Won't you buy me one to keep?
Oh dear I'm so tired,
I wants to go to sleep.

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Aug 09, 2021
by: Gail

I used to recite this as a child. My Grandma taught it to my mom and she passed it on to me. I just started saying it to myself and got stuck. Google is my friend. Thanks for sharing

Jan 31, 2020
by: Jimae

Some of you mentioned singing this. What was the tune it was sung to?

Oct 14, 2017
Goes back 5 or 6 generations in my family
by: Sally G.


Sung to my children, my grandchildren, and now my great grandchildren while I rock them. I remember my mother Merle and my grandma Flossie singing it. Flossie was born in 1892 in Chicago. Could her mother Clara have sung it to her too?

I wish I had a needle
To sew my doll a dress.
I does’nt need a big piece
A yard’ll do I guess.

My Hepsey tore her apron
A tumbling down the stairs.
Me oh my I’m tired now.
I guess I’ll say my prayers.

I found the original poem and author online. It is the one you found.
From The Humbler Poets: A Collection of Newspaper and Periodical Verse, 1870 to 1885 by Slason Thompson (Chicago: Jansen, McClurg, and Co., 1886), page 51

Jul 13, 2015

by: Donna

We find that so many nursery rhymes have been handed down word of mouth. So often a few of the words or even whole lines sometimes get altered in translation, so to speak. When we find multiple versions of a rhyme we do list them on the rhyme page. If you have another version, we'd love for you to share it!

Jul 09, 2015
I Wants A Piece of Calico
by: Cheryl Pickard

My grsndmother taugh me this poem. But it was differant wording. Is there more than one poem. Was this poem handed down do you know the author.

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