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Pat-A-Cake and Other Play Rhymes Paperback – September 18, 1992


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (September 18, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688115330
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688115333
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 8.1 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.3 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,789,034 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-- Adults looking for new ideas for interactive play with babies and toddlers will appreciate this step-by-step introduction to play rhymes. Old favorites are included along with some newer rhymes, and some familiar ones are put to imaginative use. The 30 selections are organized according to parts of the body and each is accompanied by several pen-and-ink illustrations with watercolor washes depicting a child and adult performing the actions. Tiegreen captures the loving interactions, but the similarities in facial expressions in the adults is slightly annoying. While the rhymes themselves will appeal to babies, the illustrations are geared to adults, and the book functions more as a how-to manual than a read-aloud. Marc Brown's Hand Rhymes (1985) and Finger Rhymes (1987, both Dutton) and Carol Ra's Trot, Trot to Boston (Lothrop, 1987), beautifully illustrated by Catherine Stock, are better choices to share with children. --Ruth Smith, formerly at Chicago Pub . Lib .
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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.



Stephanie Calmenson is the author of many acclaimed books for children. They have been called "marvelous" (Publishers Weekly), "lyrical" (School Library Journal), and "sweet, funny, and right on the mark" (ALA Booklist). Her books include Dinner at the Panda Palace, a PBS Storytime Book; Welcome, Baby! Baby Rhymes for Baby Times; Good for You! Toddler Rhymes for Toddler Times; and Kindergarten Kids: Riddles, Rebuses, Wiggles, Giggles, and More!


More About the Author

Stephanie Calmenson's books have been called "marvelous" (Publishers Weekly), "lyrical" (School Library Journal), "hilarious" (School Library Journal), "sweet, funny, and right on the mark" (Booklist). She writes for babies, toddlers, elementary school kids and for all ages about dogs. Among her most popular titles are DINNER AT THE PANDA PALACE; THE PRINCIPAL'S NEW CLOTHES; LATE FOR SCHOOL!; OLLIE'S SCHOOL DAY: A Yes-and-No Book; MAY I PET YOUR DOG?; ROSIE, A VISITING DOG'S STORY and NO DOGS ALLOWED! Book #1 of the Ready, Set, Dogs! series written with Joanna Cole. A former teacher, children's book editor, and Editorial Director of the Parents Magazine Press Read-Aloud Book Club, Stephanie feels privileged to have found work that brings together her love of kids, words and laughter.

To read more, please visit www.stephaniecalmenson.com

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By "nikkiham" on October 8, 2000
Format: Paperback
My daughter craved stimulation as an infant. She loved simple finger play games such as pat-a-cake, but I couldn't remember the words or hand motions to many others (how DO you get from a steeple to a church full of people?). When I went to our local bookstore in search of a book on finger play rhymes and directions, the clerk couldn't praise this book enough. Joanna Cole's books are EXTREMELY easy to understand, with step by step caricatures picturing hand placement and motion. My now three year old daughter enjoys looking through the book as well as singing the songs. This book comes highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Vicki Vergeldt on March 28, 2008
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Babies and young children love and benefit from hearing rhymes. Rhymes matched with movement supports a natural tendency in language acquistion. This book is divided into finger-and-hand rhymes, toe-and-foot rhymes, face rhymes, tickling rhymes, knee-and-foot-riding rhymes, and dancing rhymes, which just about covers it from now until your child is off to school! Vicki Vergeldt, Inventor, Author and Illustrator of The Big Bookmark by StorySTARS, [...]
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By Bosehill on June 4, 2014
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I was looking for a good priced finger play and rhyme book for my granddaughter because her mother really loves these as a child. This book was a good price, and apparently baby and mom are having fun with it.
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By Margie on December 2, 2012
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Babies love these interactive rhymes. Some are familiar to me but I have trouble remembering the lyrics and the motions. There are also many I've never heard of but should be fun.
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By S. Saul on February 22, 2006
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this book containes great action songs to do with babies and toddlers. not exactly great for a 3 year old classroom, but fun for a "two of us" calss. I was expecting finger plays. Maybe I read the description wrong.
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