Remember those handy rhymes and phrases from grade school—"i before e except after c," (vowels); "every good boy does fine," (lines on the music staff); and "thirty days hath September," (the lengths of months), for example—intended to help you remember specific rules and information? This attractive little reference is chock-full of such mnemonic devices, both traditional and original, from a poem about books of the Old Testament to Roman numerals ("I Value Xylophones Like Cows Dig Milk") and memorably funny sentences for listing presidents and planets in order ("My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nachos"), as well as specific mnemonics for medicine, mathematics, and other sciences ("Bile from the liver emulsifies greases / Tinges the urine and colors the feces").
"Judy Parkinson is taking us on trip down memory lane. The author ... has brought back the playful jabberwocky of middle school mnemonics."—Stephen Lynch