Luke and Leo Build a Limerick by Marybeth Mataya2.5 to 3?
Quick, Luke, croaked Leo from behind the garbage can.
Ring the doorbell and run!
Luke jammed the paper under a rock, slapped the doorbell, and off they zipped, grinning. Just then, a teenager with ear buds in her ears danced out. The boys spied her from behind the neighbor’s bushes.
Hey, Lizzie, she hollered, waving the paper. You’ve got a love note. Look at this—
The boys have written her a teasing limerick, and it catches the fancy of both sisters who start giggling.
Luke and Leo run away after leaving a limerick for a girl.
Long story short, the kids get together and practise making up more limericks. I admired the fact that the authors didnt let the kids get away with poor rhymes (didnt allow missy to rhyme with dizzy, for example). And they were pretty strict about the meter, too.
I was a little disturbed that they stated that limericks first started in Limerick, Ireland. A quick google will show that nobody is exactly sure how they got the name limerick, but one suggestion is that an early one was sung to the Irish tune of Will you come up to Limerick? According to britannica.com, this was a song that added verses of subtle innuendo, as they politely put it.
Im being pedantic, I realise, but if this is to teach kids, we might as well not perpetuate popular suppositions. Dirty limericks are certainly popular, some not so subtle, but the kids dont need to know that. Theyll find out soon enough.
The kids wander around playing - lots of colourful illustrations - and making up verses, writing in chalk on the sidewalk and such.
Im all for promoting word-play and creative thinking, so I gave it three stars for that. Thanks to NetGalley and Norwood House Press for the copy for review.
How to Write a Limerick
The history of the poetry form we know as the Limerick is rich and wild. Little Miss Muffet has since affixed the metrical pattern into a recognized tempo for most children, worldwide. If you look, you will find many different opinions on origins of the use of the name. It is quite clear that there is a historical connection between the nonsense verse style, and the county of the same name in Ireland. It was there that the creation of drinking songs using the metrical beat and rhyme pattern gained popularity, and the name Limerick was first used to denote the poetry as a form in The popularity of the limerick in its current form can be traced back to the poet Edward Lear in A Book of Nonsense , written in , and a second book he wrote in
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