This little book is filled with vivid images and whimsy. The author believes that children learn to enjoy reading, art, and writing if they are encouraged to recite rhymes, write their own poems or songs, and are given a chance to illustrate. Some of these little lyrics were written when the author was very young. Others were written decades later for her son Andrew, who grew up to be a writer and a lawyer and lover of art. These poems and stories are meant to be read aloud, especially to young children. The author has been drawing and writing since she was a little girl. Her imagination lets her see the world in a whimsical way. The poems and stories in this collection are meant to trigger imagination in a youngster who is able to read or is being read to.
The author, Elizabeth Ibby Taylor Greer is a native of Illinois and attended Palm Beach Day School, is a graduate of the Westover School in Connecticut, has a B.A. with Honors and Phi Beta Kappa from Hollins University in Virginia, an M.A. in Comparative Literature (English, French, German 18th century novel) from the University of Colorado in Boulder, and has lived all over the USA and in London and Vienna. She is an artist whose paintings are in private collections and colleges. She taught pre-school, kindergarten, and 5th grade in Boulder, owned and published a magazine and ran her Blue Lady Bookshop in Rocky Mount, VA, for five years, is an editor, and an active civic volunteer. Greer is the mother of an author and lawyer son, Andrew T. Call in Chicago. She is the author of two novels, a memoir, and editor of her late husband's military memoir. A homemaker, widowed in 2008, she makes her home now in Roanoke, Virginia, with her partner Bill Conner and their cat Soot.