There are eight sections of poems-topics like animals, reading, and mother nature-and a thoughtful forward. In it, he shares his journey as an opsimath, one who learned late in life. He speaks of studying the classic poets Edward Lear and Lewis Carroll, then reading many, many others. And he shares Robert Frost's definition of a poem as "one who begins in delight and ends in wisdom," but John Barr (former director of the Poetry Foundation) wrote that "a children's poem begins in delight and ends in...more delight."
The poems are to be read aloud to children, enjoyed by those who love children's poetry, and celebrated for their, well, delight.
Here are a few poems included in the book found online for you to enjoy:
Toad gets measles
Frog gots mumps
Both gots such
the rest is here
from Mother Nature
The Gray of Day
Shy Evening paints all heaven gray.
Erasing blue from balmy Day.
found at Your Daily Poem here, under the title Dusk, Back Porch, Canada
What To Wear Where
When I was a boy
We wore blue jeans
And a red bandanna.
the rest here
In addition to having a treasure of poems from J. Patrick Lewis, the illustrations by Maria Cristina Pritelli fill the pages with color and whimsey, pleasing the eyes like the poems please the ears.