We always have a warm-up when we meet - calisthenics of the mind. Last week, at YES, we honored National Limerick Day, during which we tried our hand at writing our own limericks. We kicked it off, of course, with that master of nonsense, Mr. Lear. This week, I stumbled across a Calef Brown book (one of my favorite illustrators) devoted to that champion of ridiculousness himself: Edward Lear. As I read one of his poems, How Pleasant to Know Mr. Lear, the third grade students "caught" interesting vocabulary and wrote it down. Here are the words they found and the book they came from, His Shoes Were Way Too Tight. Enjoy some whimsy today!