A belated apology to the guy in stripes

*posted mostly to the tune of “The Major General’s Song,” The Pirates of Penzance*

I am the very model of a children’s lit professional.
I’ve information nonfictional, musical, and fictional;
I dabble in the L o’ C and even Dewey Decimal,
While finding books and authors of in order alphabetical.
I’m very well acquainted, too, with matters biographical;
I’ve marveled at the feats of figures groundbreaking and radical.
About Clemente‘s batting stats we’re displaying a lot o’ news –
What, Never Heard of Koufax?! Fair Ball? Frida? Dizzy? No excuse!

I’m very good at bluntness in the verbal categorical;
I know the names of poets and devices metaphorical.
In short, in matters nonfictional, musical, and fictional,
I am the very model of a children’s lit professional.

But I’m still not quick enough to use a hint or few
And realize too late whom I’m talking to:
Local author Jonah Winter.
(Head, you’ve met Desk, right? Ow. Where’s the coffee…)

Sorry about that, and thank you for being so patient.

Amy (and Debbie cosigns)

About Amy

Children's librarian, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
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2 Responses to A belated apology to the guy in stripes

  1. Rebecca says:

    Amy, I love this post! (I’ll be singing it all day now!)

    And I, too, regret not recognizing Jonah Winter when he was here that day.
    Tho maybe its for the best that I didn’t. If I had recognized him, I might have gushed or asked him for his autograph or otherwise failed to comport myself as the very model of a children’s lit professional! (But I really, really do love Gertrude is Gertrude is Gertrude is Gertrude. And Steel Town!)

  2. Rebekah says:

    Great post, Amy! Jonah is a great guy and actually a
    G & S fan. I enjoy his books, too.

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