I draw your attention to the last line on the page: Memorize this poem.
The book is Our Language: First Book by Lida B. NcMurry and F.T. Norvell (1905). It is a beginning grammar / usage / reader covering such things as story telling, sentence and paragraph structure, capitalization, punctuation, and so forth. Throughout the book there are many many prompts to write stories. For example, from a picture of three chicks in a wooden shoe floating on a body of water, and some suggestions on how to begin, students are to “write a story” about the chicks in the shoe. They are then to tell
in your own words the Bible story of Noah’s ark.
It’s called “religious literacy” and there’s precious little of it left, especially among the smart City Mice.
[Reprint of original classic]
And now, a question: What Bible verse does the poem call to mind? [We’ll accept your humming a few bars of the song for 1/2 credit.]