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Anna Banana: 101 Jump Rope Rhymes Paperback – April 18, 1989


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 3
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (April 18, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688088090
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688088095
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 8.4 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Joanna Cole is the author of the popular Magic School Bus series, I'm a Big Brother, I'm a Big Sister, and many other award-winning books. In Asking About Sex & Growing Up, she provides a reassuring blend of practical guidance and scientific fact for the audience that needs it most.


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Joanna Cole s a former elementary school teacher and librarian and a frequent contributor to Parents magazine. Joanna Cole lives in Connecticut.

Customer Reviews

The book had a lot of great rhymes for kids.
John Rutten-Turner
It seemed like somebody just wrote down some words that sorta rhymed but had no reason.
C. Burris
Ordered this book for my 6 year old niece-- she LOVED it.
Beachmom4

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166 of 188 people found the following review helpful By T. Clyde on October 10, 2008
Format: Paperback
I love the idea for the book, but the author should have been more selective in choosing rhymes that are appropriate for today's children.

I was disappointed to find rhymes such as these included: "Standing at the bar, smoking a cigar. Laughing at the donkey ha-ha-har!" "All in, a bottle of gin. All out, a bottle of stout." and "Johnny gave me apples, Johnny gave me pears, Johnny gave me fifty cents and kissed me on the stairs. I'd rather scrub the dishes, I'd rather scrub the floor, I'd rather kiss the iceman behind the kitchen door." Other rhymes include a "big fat policeman" who grabs the child and makes him pay a dollar, and a yelling teacher with a great big stick. "How many times were you fired?" the child asks the teacher.

There are so many fun and positive jump rope rhymes, it's too bad the author includes these and others that are just not appropriate even if they were popular 50 years ago.
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53 of 57 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 10, 2000
Format: Paperback
For anyone who jumped rope a great deal (this excludes me) or swung the rope while others jumped (this includes me), this book is sure to have some favorite rhymes. As such, it is an interesting way to initiate cross-generational discussions - jump-rope rhymes are school yard folklore with astounding staying power. The book is also useful as a way to encourage young "couch potatoes" to get a bit of time outside with requiring outside to be a large space.
Of course, the best way to use the book is simply to enjoy it.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 3, 2000
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What great fun to be reminded of the jump rope rhymes of my youth. And even greater fun to share them with my daughter. I hope you enjoy this collection of rhymes as much as we do.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Chandi on January 25, 2013
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I bought this hoping for some fun rhymes to teach my kids. There are only 3 in this book that I would want to teach my kids, and I already know them. Several of the rhymes are the exact same, but with one word changed. So technically, there are 101 rhymes, but really???

Don't bother buying it. Just look them up online and pick your favorite 5.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 14, 2007
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The advertising copy suggests that this is a set of jump rope rhymes set at a pace that is appropriate for jumproping. But they aren't rhymes, they are songs, and they don't all have a strong beat, so they aren't ideal for jumproping to. It is a plenty-fun set of songs for kids, but the advertising is misleading.
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22 of 28 people found the following review helpful By C. Burris on March 8, 2007
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The book came as described in excellent shape and arrived quickly.

I hate the book though. The rhymes are not very good. Just a few variations of words but nothing to really jump rump for a long period of time to. I was hoping for some of the playground rhymes I can't remember from childhood. It seemed like somebody just wrote down some words that sorta rhymed but had no reason.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J.Wilson on December 30, 2012
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Bought this for my daughter along with a jump rope. I thought there might be some cute rhymes in it for her to set her jump pace to. Not so much. These seem like old rhymes that are no longer appropriate to teach to your child. Far from being politically correct and not suited for the playground. I will have to go through the book and pick out the ones she can learn and cross out the ones she should not. Disappointed.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By K. Deruelle on October 12, 2007
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Maybe I'm too persnickety, but I was so dissappointed by the content of the songs. I'd hoped for some cute childhood rhymes, but instead found a bunch of rubbish, to put it nicely.
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