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Beneath a Blue Umbrella Hardcover – April 27, 1990

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Amazon.com Review

The playful poet Jack Prelutsky takes young readers on a rhyming romp through the continental United States in Beneath a Blue Umbrella. Creating a whole new slew of nursery rhymes, Prelutsky writes, "Eleven yellow monkeys/in purple pantaloons/went to western Oregon/to play upon the dunes…" Heading eastward, Prelutsky picks goats for another verse: "Four fat goats upon a boat/sailed south from Newport News,/and there the four ate clothes galore,/they swallowed socks and shoes./They chewed on boots, on shirts, on suits,/they shared a sweater vest,/a dozen coats went down those goats/before they reached Key West." These rhymes are short and simple, presented in large type, so the youngest of readers will be able to follow along. Garth Williams, illustrator of Charlotte's Web, Stuart Little, and Bedtime for Frances, adds his expressive touch to Prelutsky's work. (Ages 2 to 6)

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Like their previous Ride a Purple Pelican , this large-size 64-page collection contains a miscellany of gaily illustrated rhymes that trip lightly on the tongue. Interspersed among such silly characters as Anna Banana, Upside-down Roy or Jennifer Juniper are poems about animals, including a melon-swallowing hippo, a bobolink that marries a frog, and Patter Pitter Caterpillar. With characteristic style and slapdash verve, Prelutsky's verses celebrate creatures across the country, from the Iowa farmer who is plagued by crows to the puppies who steal pretzels in Philadelphia. Prelutsky's humor and pleasantly quirky view of the world are well matched by Williams's full-page lively illustrations that heighten the book's boisterous fun. Ages 4-up.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: NP (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books; 1st edition (April 27, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688064299
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688064297
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #181,936 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This was my cousin's favorite book as a child. Jack Prelutsky did a good job of it. Even though the book is about as long as a novel, my baby cousin (now nine and a half) sat through the whole book. When she got up to Anna Banana, she would hold her hands up in the air like she was walking on them. The poems, (some based on familiar nursery rhymes) others totally original, are still staples around our household. I would reccomend it to any child. --Robert Metz
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This was my favorite library book growing up and was so happy to find it online for a great price. The poems and illustrations brought back memories. The seller delivered it on time and in perfect condition.
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Very nice. Amusing poems, catchy, rhythmic language. "Beneath a blue umbrella, a melon seller sat/ Selling yellow melons, succulent and fat. A huge and hungry hippo made the melon seller mad,/when he swallowed all the melons that the melon seller had."
I read this collection of poems to my children often when they were about 2-5 years old, and it was great for building their appreciation of the richness of language, and of course, their vocabulary! We had a lot of laughs reading these poems, and memorized several of them. A few of the poems aren't as witty or well-written as the rest, but overall it's a great collection.
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Jack Prelutsky is king of children's poetry that rhymes. The poetry is nicely paired with Garth Williams illustrations of young kids, animals and whatever else is described.

The poetry is really adorable the rhyming of each poem just flows together as if the words were just meant to shine together.

The first couple of poems are cute and somewhere in the middle of the book they become less imaginative and exciting.

I think children will appreciate the poems and there rhymes. I prefer the poetry about fantasy animals like dragons which were featured in another book of poems by Prelutsky called The Dragons Are Singing Tonight.
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