It was first published in in the United States anonymously and only ten years later under her signature. But the lyrics are much older, having its origin in the English folk.
It is the story of three little cats who lose and then find their mittens and how they finally get the approval of their mother to have some pie. Three little kittens they lost their mittens, And they began to cry, Oh, mother dear, we sadly fear Our mittens we have lost.
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Then you shall have no pie. Mee-ow, mee-ow, mee-ow.
Three Little Kittens - Nursery Rhymes from ChuChu TV Kids Songs
No, you shall have no pie. The three little kittens they found their mittens, And they began to cry, Oh, mother dear, see here, see here, Our mittens we have found! Put on your mittens, you silly kittens, And you shall have some pie.
Purr-r, purr-r, purr-r, Oh, let us have some pie. The three little kittens put on their mittens, And soon ate up the pie; Oh, mother dear, we greatly fear Our mittens we have soiled.
Then they began to sigh, Mee-ow, mee-ow, mee-ow. Then they began to sigh. The three little kittens they washed their mittens, And hung them out to dry; Oh!
We smell a rat close by.