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Read a Rhyme, Write a Rhyme

Read a Rhyme, Write a Rhyme

Fall 2005 Poetry
Ages: 5 - 8 yrs.
Author: Jack Prelutsky
Illustrator: Meilo So
ISBN: 0-375-82286-0
Hardcover Price: $16.95
Review:
Let me count the ways I love this book: as a beautifully selected collection of poems (by the likes of Ogden Nash, J. Patrick Lewis, Karla Kuskin, Eileen Fisher, Eve Merriam and many more); as a beautifully illustrated book with gorgeous loose-limbed watercolors of blueberry-covered faces, cavorting insects, igloo-domed turtles, inverted umbrellas (and much more); and as a light-hearted boost to creative kids (and teachers) who think that writing poetry is hard and mysterious. Anthologist and poet Prelutsky has chosen ten kid-centric topics, carefully selected three poems for each, and added a "poem start" to each double page spread to encourage young readers to become writers as well. It's a grand idea, made even grander by So's lovely bursting-at-the-seams artwork. There's a STOP sign at the very beginning encouraging kids to find pencil and paper before they turn the page so that they won't be temped to write in the book itself...a wise move, since the urge to try your hand is almost instantly irresistible.
Kristi Elle Jemtegaard   ©2005 Parents' Choice
Kristi Elle Jemtegaard is the Coordinator of Youth Services for the Arlington Public Library system. She has taught courses on children’s and young adult literature at the Catholic University of America and the University of Virginia. She has served on both the Newbery and Caldecott Award Committees of the American Library Association and has chaired the Notable Children’s Recordings Committee and the May Hill Arbuthnot Award Committee. She is a member and past president of the Children’s Book Guild of Washington DC and has chaired the Washington Post–Book Guild Nonfiction Award Committee. She is a founding member of Capitol Choices, an organization of professionals in the field of children’s literature in the greater Washington DC area. She regularly reviews children’s literature and audio productions for a variety of national publications.


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