“Three Little Kittens”


Mother cat says the kittens can't have pie because they have lost their mittens. When they find the mittens they put them on to eat pie and soil them. They wash the mittens and hang them out to dry. They smell a rat close by.


Opie-Oxford2: "The tune is a variant of "The Seven Joys of Mary." - BS

The Baring-Goulds note that these lines are sometimes attributed to Eliza Follen, author of _New Nursery Songs for All Good Children_, but her notes call the piece traditional. - RBW


  1. Opie-Oxford2 289, "Three little kittens they lost their mittens" (1 text)
  2. Baring-Gould-MotherGoose #815, pp. 303-304, "(Three little kittens they lost their mittens)"
  3. Roud #16150
  4. BI, OO2289


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1853 (New Nursery Songs, according to Opie-Oxford2)