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  •  The image of this book on the screen in no way (1+ / 0-)
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    The Book Bear

    reflects my experience of it. Louis Untermyer's Golden Book of Fun and Nonsense shaped my inner world when I was a child and continues to this day. It is over-sized and lays flat neatly so you can lie on the floor or the grass and just be in it. Looking at picture-book illustrations and looking at the words of the poems made me a very good speller, and when it comes to poetry, puns, and humor spelling and grammar count, but they are best learned by example, not just by being told what they are.
         And I did spend a lot of time just looking at this book and others, memorizing them so I could say them to myself when walking home. But I also did not own a stereo until I was 13 (got a transistor radio when I was 9 but that was basically for baseball...) We are what we feed ourselves, though, and I did not have a background soundtrack the way today's youth do.
         Meanwhile the painted illustration of Fidgety Phillip pulling the tablecloth off and the soup and everything all running together is worth the price of the book alone. Yet it also contains some important life lessons. Re: Miss Muffet and the Spider

    The moral is this:
    Be it Madam or Miss
    To whom you have something to say:
    You are only absurd when you get in the curd, but
    you're rude when you get in the whey.

    My favorite new morality tale is Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!
    Thank You, Moe Willems for giving us the metaphor we can translate to the teen years as Friends Don't Let the Pigeon Drive Drunk.

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