Today, while we were reading from Lavender's Blue (published in 1954, compiled by Kathleen Lines and illustrated by Harold Jones - I love these illustrations), we read all five stanzas of Little Bo Peep. Did you know this part of the poem? (If I've heard or read it before, I sure didn't remember it.)
It happened one day as Bo-Peep did stray
Into a meadow hard by,
There she espied their tails side by side,
All hung on a tree to dry.
She heaved a sigh and wiped her eye,
Then went o'er hill and dale,
And tried what she could, as a shepherdess should,
To tack to each sheep its tail.
I told my daughter it was like how Christopher Robin has to attach Eeyore's tail. And she said, yes, that Christopher Robin uses a hammer and a nail, and then she added, "But real sheep and real Eeyores don't need their tails attached."