Dora Sanders’s contributions to the “Playtime for Little People” column on the Circle of Young Canada page of the Toronto Globe: “To The Robin” (26 June 1915), “My Flower” (15 January 1916), “Daylight Savings” (1 July 1916), and “Wonderments” (19 August 1916).

Dora Sanders’s contributions to the “Playtime for Little People” column on the Circle of Young Canada page of the Toronto Globe: “To The Robin” (26 June 1915), “My Flower” (15 January 1916), “Daylight Savings” (1 July 1916), and “Wonderments” (19 August 1916). Playtime Prizes of one dollar each were “given to boys and girls from 11 to 13 years old for the best letter on any subject, the best story or nature letter, and the best poem, photograph or drawing.” Dora won “best poem for April” in 1915 and “best poem for January” in 1916 but it is not certain if “My Flower” was in fact the winning January 1916 poem. The correlation between publication and winning is tenuous; not all winning poems appear to have been published. Dora Sanders’s daughter Pat Carney, in her memoir Trade Secrets (Toronto: Key Porter, 2000), notes that her mother “published her first poem, ‘Song of the Trees,’ the the Globe in 1915″ (26), but I at least could not find it in the Globe’s online archives.

Here are all the poems I did find. They are barely legible, but hopefully can be parsed.