new children’s book from local author celebrates the art of a well-crafted Limerick | Chicago News


Bindy Bitterman was first featured on Chicago Tonight years ago when she ran an antique store based in Evanston. She has since gone out of business and taken on a new creative outlet rooted in rhyming words.

“Skiddly Diddly Skat” is Bitterman’s new children’s limerick book, a project she came to by accident.

“Somehow ‘Skiddly Diddly Skat’ came to my mind and I said, ‘Oh kids would love this! They said ‘Skiddly Diddly Skat’ like a rhyme. I just wrote a few limericks about a mouse and cat getting into trouble at a laundromat and they get tossed in a washing machine and they’ve been traded, ”Bitterman said. “They come out, and the mouse meows and the cat goes eek!”

Bitterman says his joy of writing limericks came after subscribing to Wordsmith’s “One Word a Day” challenges. She wrote a limerick around an unusual word and often won the best limerick in their daily contests.

“There are always five lines. It doesn’t have to be the same, but the first, second, and fifth should have the same number of syllables, ”Bitterman explained. “The third and the fourth are (imitate).

So when the phrase “Skiddly Diddly Skat” came to her mind, she started to write. Before she knew it, she had created a book.

“At 90, luckily I’m doing well financially, and hoping for the rest of my life,” she said. “The book costs $ 20. I’m not doing it to make money. People stop and thank me, that’s enough thank you.

Using a QR code, people can even hear Bitterman read the story itself.

“Creating it was one thing. People seem to like it. I sold the original 300 print before Christmas, ”Bitterman said.

She said the project also gave her a sense of pride.

“He’s a good limerick… and well illustrated and people love him,” Bitterman said. “What more do you need?” “

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Angel Idowu is the DuPage Foundation Arts Correspondent JCS Fund.


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