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The Hopeful Trout and Other Limericks Paperback – January 20, 1992


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Grade 3 - 6-- This collection of 41 limericks is a wonderful gift, perpetuating Ciardi's humor and sure verbal craftsmanship. Meddaugh's black-and-white line drawings perfectly underscore the fun in each offering. Whether using a traditional opening as in "Sometimes Even Parents Win" ("There was a young lady from Gloucester/ Who complained that her parents both bossed her") or exploring word sounds as in "The Fast Fiddler" ("There was a fast fiddler from Middletown/ Who fiddled hi-diddle-dee-diddle-down"), Ciardi remains in effortless control. The Hopeful Trout brims with life and teasing and giggles. --Kathleen Whalin, Public Library of Columbus and Franklin County, Ohio
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"One page after another prompts a chuckle and begs to be shared." Kirkus Reviews with Pointers
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 6
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Sandpiper (January 20, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395616166
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395616161
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,753,110 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth A. Ferraro on September 21, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This poetry book contains all limericks. There are 5 chapters, which include 39 limericks. Each limerick contains its own special uniqueness. The characters used in this book are people, animals, and insects. There are a couple old geezers working on their friendship, a Martian named Zed, and young lady named Sue. They are all extremely original, humorous, and imaginative characters.
The limerick titled, "The Hopeful Trout (Poor Fish!)" is found in the second chapter. The chapter is titled, "It Came from Outerspace." It is a very optimistic tale, which leads one to believe that there will always be another chance. However, in its conclusion the reader must decide on whether the trout will make it or not.
This is a great book to read aloud to a group of children, or to just one child at bedtime. It is very playful and easy to follow. Children will be able to identify with the situations in a funny way, and may also learn a lesson or two! Susan Meddaugh is the illustrator(which are quite cute and simple)and the work is done in all black and white.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lynn Hoffman, author:Radiation Days: A Comedy VINE VOICE on August 23, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is a great opportunity to get your kid hooked!
Limericks have an appealing rhythm and their simple
meter and extremely tolerant rhyme scheme invite kids
to play along.
By about age six,(when some of the rhymes in the book
may be losing their appeal) it's time to turn to your
young listener and say :"There was a young woman named
Annie..." and invite her to make up a rhyme.

Your reward could be a child with a lifetime addiction
to silliness. You could, believe me, do a lot worse.

--Lynn Hoffman, author of New Short Course in Wine,The and
bang BANG: A Novel ISBN 9781601640005
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By Sharon Downes on July 28, 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Children enjoy the simple limericks and illustrations.
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