Madame L hopes these four lines bring back pleasant memories for some of you Dear and Gentle Readers:
Belinda lived in a little white house,
With a little black kitten and a little gray mouse,
And a little yellow dog and a little red wagon,
And a realio, trulio little pet dragon.
Why is the dragon called Custard? Ah, you'll have to read the rest of the poem to find out.
Madame L is delighted to report that she has just found this poem, which she loved as a child, "The Tale of Custard the Dragon," by Ogden Nash. This paperback book is charmingly illustrated by Lynn Munsinger.
It's available for only $6.99 in paperback from Amazon.com, and it's just perfect.
Did you, Kind and Gentle Reader, know that The Atlantic Monthly called Ogden Nash "God's gift to the United States"?
He wrote this poem in 1936, so he beat all those other dragon-story writers by decades. Madame L's discovery of this book has reminded her of many other rhymes by this great poet, which Madame L may just have to tell her Dear Readers about in future columns.