The late Myra Cohn Livingston gathered a collection of limericks that was published back in 1991 and is titled Lots of Limericks [J 821 LOT]. Of course Lear is well-represented! This one of his appeals to me:
There was a Young Lady whose nose
Was so long that it reached to her toes;
So she hired an Old Lady,
Whose conduct was steady,
To carry that wonderful nose.
If you're an illustrator, imagine how much fun you could have illustrating it!
You probably remember a time when the name limerick was attached to a poem of "questionable" subject matter. You needn't fear reading the poems in Lots of Limericks out loud to your kids, they are all "clean"!
Tara, at A Teaching Life, will be hosting the Round-Up this week. Be sure to stop by.