How doth the little crocodile
Alice, the speaker of this poem, attempts to recite Isaac Watts' Against Idleness and Mischief, which begins, “how doth the little busy bee”. It is a moralistic poem which advises children in a kind way to keep working hard instead of slacking off.
Alice mangles the lyrics, though, and she changes the “busy bee” to a “little crocodile”, altering the message and tone of the poem entirely.
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