When I was in junior school I did not attend assemblies with the other children because of my religion. During the time that the others were singing hymns I was allowed to read my teachers precious copy of Edward Lear poems. This introduced me to the wonderful world of poetry and verse and of course reading. I found Mr. Lear's poems funny and endearing and full of visual delight.
Calico Pie, The little Birds fly Down to the calico tree, Their wings were blue, And they sang 'Tilly-loo!' Till away they flew, And they never came back to me! They never came back! They never came back!