In the 19th century, “A was an Apple Pie” was a fun rhyming game that helped train children to identify letters of the alphabet. You can still see people play it today, but they don’t sing it out loud the way they used to! We’re not sure why ’cause it really helps kids learn their letters.
“a was once an apple pie”
listen to the classic nursery rhyme. A was once an apple pie are given below.
A was an apple pie
B bit it,
C cut it,
D dealt it,
E eat it,
F fought for it,
G got it,
H had it,
I inspected it,
J jumped for it,
K kept it,
L longed for it,
M mourned for it,
N nodded at it,
O opened it,
P peeped in it,
Q quartered it,
R ran for it,
S stole it,
T took it,
U upset it,
V viewed it,
W wanted it,
X, Y, Z and ampersand
All wished for a piece in hand.
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Caldecott winner Suse Macdonald illustrates this stunning adaptation of Edward Lear’s classic ABC rhyme.A was once an apple pie
“A was an Apple pie; B bit it; C cut it; D dealt it; E eat it; F fought for it; G got it; H had it; J joined it; K kept it; L longed for it; M mourned for it; N nodded at it; O opened it; P peeped in it; Q quartered it; R ran for it; S stole it; T took it; V viewed it; W wanted it; X, Y, Z, and ampersand, All wished for a piece in hand”. At that time the writing of the capital letters I and J, and of U and V, was not differentiated, which explains the absence of the two vowels. Later versions added I and U with, “I inspected it” and “U upset it”.
History of the Apple Pie
The rhyme also began to be changed in other ways, as in The Real History of the Apple Pie, which has an extended coda:
- Says A, give me a good large slice,
- Says B, a little bit, but nice,
- Says C, cut me a piece of crust, Take it, says D, it’s dry as dust,
- Says E, I’ll eat it fast, I will, Says F, I vow I’ll have my fill,
- Says G, give it me good and great, Says H, a little bit I hate,
- Says I, it’s ice I must request, Says J, the juice I love the best,
- Says K, let’s keep it up above, Says L, the border’s what I love,
- Says M, it makes your teeth to chatter, N said, it’s nice, there’s nought the matter,
- O others’ plates with grief surveyed, P for a large piece begged and prayed,
- Q quarrelled for the topmost slice, R rubbed his hands and said “it’s nice,”
- S silent sat, and simply looked, T thought, and said, it’s nicely cooked,
- U understood the fruit was cherry, V vanished when they all got merry,
- W wished there’d been a quince in, X here explained he’d need convincing,
- Y said, I’ll eat, and yield to none, Z, like a zany, said he’d done,
- While ampersand purloined the dish, And for another pie did wish.
Eventually, completely original works were created that took their beginning from the rhyme. In 1871 Edward Lear made fun of it in his nonsense parody “A was once an apple pie”, which soon diverged into nursery language and then treated other subjects for the rest of the alphabet. The illustrations in McLoughlin Brothers‘ linen-mounted Apple Pie ABC (New York, 1888) appear to be largely dependent on the original work but the verses are different:
- E stands for Ellen who sat at the table and tried to eat more than she really was able.
- F had a fight with his sisters and brothers,
- Declaring he would not divide with the others.
In 1899, however, the firm printed the original rhyme under the title ABC of the Apple Pie. Meanwhile, Raphael Tuck and Sons were publishing their own linen-mounted Father Tuck’s Apple Pie ABC (London, 1899) which, once more, features a completely different rhyme:
- E stands for eat; wait till it’s cooled from the heat.
- F stands for fruit – best of all, apples sweet.
Despite the popularity of revised and new versions during the 19th century, the original rhyme did not drop out of circulation. Kate Greenaway’s late Victorian A, Apple Pie was largely based on the old rhyme, as were some 20th-century examples. The accompanying illustrations, however, have now moved their focus from using children as protagonists to a more fanciful approach this century, ranging from the whimsical beasts of Étienne Delessert (Aa was an Apple Pie, Mankato, Minn. 2005)to the animated alphabet of England’s Luke Farookhi.
who wrote a was once an apple pie?
Edward Lear’s “A Was Once an Apple Pie” Adapted by Suse MacDonald
About the author (1997)
Edward Lear was born in Holloway, England, to Jeremiah (a stockbroker) and Ann Lear, tutored at home by his sister, and briefly attended the Royal Academy schools. Both an author and an illustrator, he earned his living as an artist from the age of 15, mainly by doing landscapes. What he is remembered for is his nonsense books, especially his popularization of the limerick. Along with Lewis Carroll, he is considered to be the founder of nonsense poetry. In addition to his limericks, he created longer nonsense poems. The best—and best known—is The Jumblies, in which the title characters go to sea in a sieve; it is a brilliant, profound, silly, and sad expression of the need to leave the security of the known world and experience the wonder and danger of the unknown. His other most notable work is The Owl and the Pussy Cat, a less complex poem whose title characters also go to sea. Lear produced humorous alphabets and botany books as well. His wordplay, involving puns, neologisms, portmanteau words, and anticlimax, retains its vitality today and has influenced such contemporary writers of children’s nonsense verse as Shel Silverstein, Ogden Nash, and Laura Richards