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Jelly Belly Paperback – May 1, 2001


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Key Porter Books Ltd (May 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1552633268
  • ISBN-13: 978-1552633267
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.3 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #872,880 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 4 The cover of this collection of original nursery rhymes is an immediate turn-off: a repulsive, cellulite-brindled slob in a rumpled undershirt showing plenty of spotted belly, formless neck and red, swollen nose. Not all of the watercolor illustrations are unappealing, however. Many are pleasantly whimsical and vary from cartoon-like to realistic, portraying scenes of fantasy and reality. They often encompass the whole page, surrounding the poem or poems, but sometimes are scattered around the page in vignettes. The pictures are more original than the poems, which range from short to overly long. Many of them resemble traditional Mother Goose rhymesa boy builds a house in a shoe, a trio of characters go to sea in an unlikely object and "There Was an Old Lady" is a thinly disguised Old Mother Hubbard . There are original and clever rhymes and even gentle lullabies; other entries are poems reminiscent of Sandburg or Milne. Fingerplays and games are included, and many poems seem influenced by street rhymes. Some poems are silly enough to amuse, yet others are pointless. Initially the inside looks bright and attractive, with an appealing format, but the collection will never compete with those by Silverstein or Prelutsky. Annette Curtis Klause, Montgomery County Libraries, Md.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"...Lee's rhyme schemes are simple and fast, his rhythm flawless..." -- Quill & Quire

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It is still a great collection of poetry.
NMBeaudin
I plan on getting a second copy for my son to read to his little boy like I read to him.
Renee
Have loved reading this with my kids since 1988~!
Erin Bennett

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 1, 1998
Format: Hardcover
"Jelly Belly" is a book of modern nursery rhymes, along with some very wonderful illustrations. The rhymes generally have a great read-aloud rhythm, and are variously funny, tender, surprising. My daughter loves them and so do I. She's 2 now, and I'm sure this book would have appealed to her much earlier, and will continue to appeal for years.
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By Teresa Tello on December 15, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is undoubtely the most enjoyable children's book my family has ever owned. The illustrations are amazing in detail and interest, and the prose is engaging, charming, funny, and a delight to read aloud. As our all time favorite, we read it as a family several times a week while the children were younger, often from cover to cover. Now that the kids are adults, we still get it out from time to time and enjoy it as much as ever. I am ordering a brand new copy to enjoy with my first grandaughter who'll be born next month. I highly recommend it!
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By NMBeaudin on February 8, 2011
Format: Hardcover
My parent bought this book for my younger brother and I nearly 30 years ago. It is still a great collection of poetry. Its funny and entertaining, and years later, I can still remember some of the poems by heart. I have started reading this to my daughters, and they love it. I have also read it to preschool age children at the library where I work, and it is a hit. The poems are wonderfully silly. This will be a favorite in my household for years to come.
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By amabran on June 6, 2005
Format: Paperback
i owned this book as a child and although some of the poems and illustrations are really gross - there are some really funny ones which used to make my siblings and I laugh aloud!
most of the illustrations are really amazing, with lots of detail.
this book is great for reading aloud and gives kids a feel for the melody and rythym poetry and ryhmes.
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By Renee on June 14, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book is a classic, especially if you can find it in hardback. The poems are very clever and funny and the illustrations are fantastic. I plan on getting a second copy for my son to read to his little boy like I read to him.
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