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Bad Sir Brian Botany:E191

Bad Sir Brian Botany

Bad Sir Brian Botany:E191

Children will chuckle to see how this bully of a knight gets a taste of his own medicine from the villagers.  A fun poem for children to act out for themselves.  (duration 5 minutes) An episode from Journey with Story, a storytelling podcast for kids.

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Discover How this Bully Learns a Lesson in this Fun Poem by A. A. Milne

E: 191 July 7, 2022 


Have you ever met a bully- someone who is maybe bigger than everyone else and so uses her or her might to be mean to those who are much smaller and weaker than her or him?  How does it make you feel to see a bully be mean to others? And how do you think we should deal with a bully? 


Hello everyone – I’m Kathleen Pelley. Welcome to Journey with Story.  Today’s episode is a rather funny poem about an olden day knight who is a terrible bully,  and does all sorts of dreadful things to the villagers until…one day they take matters into their own hands and give this bully a taste of his own medicine. 



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Now let’s take a journey with Bad Sir Brian Botany by A. A. Milne


Sir Brian had a battleaxe with great big knobs on. 

He went among the villagers and blipped them on the head. 

On Wednesday and on Saturday, 

Especially on the latter day,  

He called on all the cottages and this is what he said: 


“I am Sir Brian!” (Ting-ling!) 

“I am Sir Brian!” (Rat-tat!) 

“I am Sir Brian, 

“As bold as a lion! 

“Take that, and that, and that!” 


Sir Brian had a pair of boots with great big spurs on;. 

A fighting pair of which he was particularly fond. 

On Tuesday and on Friday,  

Just to make the street look tidy, 

He’d collect the passing villagers and kick them in the pond. 


“I am Sir Brian!” (Sper-lash!) 

“I am Sir Brian!” (Sper-losh!)  

“I am Sir Brian,  

“As bold as a Lion! 

“Is anyone else for a wash?” 


Sir Brian woke one morning and he couldn’t find his battleaxe. 

He walked into the village in his second pair of boots. 

He had gone a hundred paces 

When the street was full of faces 

And the villagers were round him with ironical salutes. 


“You are Sir Brian? My, my. 

“You are Sir Brian? Dear, dear. 

“You are Sir Brian 

“As bold as a lion? 

“Delighted to meet you here!” 


Sir Brian went a journey and he found a lot of duckweed. 

They pulled him out and dried him and they blipped him on the head. 

They took him by the breeches 

And they hurled him into ditches  

And they pushed him under waterfalls and this is what they said: 


“You are Sir Brian — don’t laugh! 

“You are Sir Brian — don’t cry! 

“You are Sir Brian 

“As bold as a lion — 

“Sir Brian the Lion, goodbye!” 


Sir Brian struggled home again and chopped up his battleaxe. 

Sir Brian took his fighting boots and threw them in the fire. 

He is quite a different person 

Now he hasn’t got his spurs on, 

And he goes about the village as B. Botany, Esquire. 


“I am Sir Brian? Oh, no! 

“I am Sir Brian? Who’s he? 

“I haven’t any title, I’m Botany; 

“Plain Mr. Botany (B.)” 


Well looks like Sir Brian certainly learned his lesson –didn’t he?  But what do you think – do you think what the villagers did to teach him a lesson was the best way to deal with a bully?  Or do you think there is a better way to deal with bullies other than giving them a taste of their own medicine?  Hmmm, this might be a good discussion to have with your friends and your mums and dads.  And don’t forget – send us your drawings to us – you can post them on IG and tag us or send them to our website at 


Cheerio then, join us next time for Journey with Story. 


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