I discovered Phoebe and her Unicorn books by Dana Simpson a few weeks ago and I am in huge like with them. (Sister Ann insisted that people can only love other people, not things.) So I really, really, really like these clever books very much - and a lot.
D LOVES them. She never met Sister Ann so she's allowed.
I need to share poetry/lyrics written to the tune of Gibert and Sullivan's "I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major General" from Pirates of Penzance. You can find these lyrics in Volume 2 of Phoebe and her Unicorn or Unicorn on a Roll. Everything written and drawn in these books is done by Dana Simpson!
"I am the very model of a modern magic unicorn
I've information, magic and I never wear a uniform.
My entrances are heralded by trumpets and a flugelhorn.
I've eaten many bagels and my horn can write in cuneiform.
I make up for my lack of hands with magic ingenuity,
manipulating objects with a startling acuity.*
I'm also rather stunning in a way that's undeniable.
To stare at me in wonder is completely justifiable."
If you are not familiar with Gilbert and Sullivan's song, Veggie Tales does a clever and easy to understand version in this video. Enjoy and admire.
*This rhyme - alone - places Dana Simpson forever in the pantheon of poets I most admire.