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The Frogs Wore Red Suspenders Hardcover – February 19, 2002

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Playful poet Jack Prelutsky and the beloved Petra Mathers (Lottie's New Beach Towel) take youngsters from the heart of South Dakota to Monterey Bay in this extraordinary collection of poems and paintings that belongs on the shelf next to Ride a Purple Pelican and Beneath a Blue Umbrella. As ever, Prelutsky's meter is flawless, and you absolutely read his poems aloud, even if you're sitting in a room by yourself. This is not the gross-out fare that Prelutsky so delightfully dishes out in Awful Ogre's Awful Day and some of his other books. Here are 28 nonsensical, often somewhat geographical poems for preschoolers and early readers about a tiny baker who bakes a tiny cookie, a granny who lost her footing and fell into pudding, elephants who sit in trees and sneeze, and a small hen who is stuck at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. With the lightest touch, Petra Mathers adds new dimensions and quirky subplots to every poem in endearing two-pages-per-poem watercolor paintings. Young readers will adore this colorful collection of quiet surprises by two of our favorite creators of children's books. (Ages 2 to 6) --Karin Snelson

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Preschool-Grade 3--The prolific poet is back with an illustrator who matches him in freshness and simplicity. The poems offer vivid glimpses of life; have a beginning, middle, and end; and have a clear underlying music and flow. The selections are for a slightly younger audience than much of Prelutsky's work: some poems are as simple as Mother Goose rhymes ("Baby in a high chair,/baby in a bib,/baby in a stroller,/baby in a crib"), while others would make great flannelboard rhymes for sharing with four- and five-year-olds ("In her garden, Sarah Small/grows galoshes, short and tall./Shirts of yellow, hats of red/beautify her flower bed"). Many of the 28 poems play with American place names, from Tuscaloosa to Tucumcari, and might enliven a geography lesson. Mathers's wonderful watercolors highlight her talents for color and expression. Her treatment of light is lovely, especially in her delicate and exquisite skies, while the comic dignity of some of her creatures, such as the frogs in red suspenders, suits Prelutsky's mood just right. A superb choice.

Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 5
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books; 1 edition (February 19, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688167195
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688167196
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.4 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #696,619 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What do you get when poet, Jack Prelutsky collaborates with illustrator, Petra Mathers? An unrivaled collection of twenty-eight playful, whimsical verses that take you on a delightful trip from one end of the country to the other. Visit Minot, North Dakota, Monterey Bay, the Grand Canyon, and Buffalo, Indianapolis, Kentucky, Winnemuca, and Seattle and meet charming characters, of both the people and animal persuasion. Travel with Barnaby Boone in his yellow balloon..."He drifted for days through the blue Texas skies,/feasting on hamburgers, hot dogs, and pies." Find out what happens in Tuscaloosa after dark when the farm animals gather in the park..."They danced a jig and they danced a reel,/then they all sat down to a fine hot meal/of corn and okra, dumpling stew,/at that Alabama barbecue." And meet Peanut Peg and Peanut Pete..."All day long they gaily sell/peanuts still inside the shell,/peanuts salty, peanuts sweet-/Peanut Peg and Peanut Pete." Mr Prelutsky's joyous, lilting rhymes are full of energy, humor, wordplay, and rhythm, and beg to be shared and read aloud. Ms Mather's signature bright and expressive, charming artwork is rich in engaging detail, captures each poem beautifully, and brings it to life. Together, this dynamic duo has authored an entertaining and irresistible treasure that's sure to become a classic. Perfect for kids 3 to 93, The Frog Wore Red Suspenders is a sweet little masterpiece the entire family can read and share now, and with future generations in the years to come.
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Shopping for a birthday present, I came across this book. I have never been big on poetry for children (don't ask why; I guess because I didn't like it as a child), and I almost didn't open this book. What a mistake that would have been.
Every single page of this wonderful, fanciful and subtly geographical collection is better than the one before. Here we have a poem that extolls the virtues of Indianapolis (one doesn't see too many Indianapolis poems!) in a ridiculous but so- sweet poem. There are elephants in trees, and frogs in suspenders, and all the other lovely ideas that children can accept and love without question.
The drawings by Petra Mathers make the book. I can't list a favorite; each one, so colorful, so fanciful, and so very endearing, compliments the poem it illustrates.
What I like best about this book, however, is that it encourages a love of the English language without ever letting the child know it is doing so. The wonderful tongue-rolling combination of words, the silly (but not really) images the words evoke, and the simple joy in every poem are tailor-made to enchant a child and encourage him or her to read more.
Highly recommended!!
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My son is about to turn 4 and LOVES this book. We make up songs to many on the poems, act out the different siutations and went in search of red suspenders for him. The poems are simple but visual and evocative of seasons, moods and fun. I highly recommend it!!!
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This is a wonderful book! My nieces would not let me put it down. They kept shouting "Read it again!". The illustrations are so nice and I love how the auther incorporates names of cities (Tusculoosa--what a great word!) and famous places into the poems. You will want every child you know to have a copy.
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My nearly 2 year old daughter has us read this to her over and over. Last week at a restaurant she spontaneously started reciting "Peanut Peg & Peanut Pete". It's fun to read cover to cover or just a few. And I can see her reading it for many years to come.
Definitely a good addition to your child's library.
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This is a MUST in your library. These poems are hilarious and my children LOVE them. Jack Prelutsky is amazing and this is my favorite books of his poems. We have checked out others from the library but none of them are classics in our home like The Frog Wore Red Suspenders. Because the rhymes are so expertly crafted, even very young children will pay attention to this book. The illustrations are not my favorite. They are OK but not great. The writing, however, is perfection for little people and adults. Fun, funny and sweet.
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my son loves the whimsical poems and funny illustrations. Poems about elephants in sycamore trees, people who end up getting lamps and oars when they went to the store to buy food, hopping toads and mice building snowmice. It's cute, and the silliness of the content plays right into the magical imagination of my kids...it's like Prelutsky gets them and never lost that childlike part of himself. Fun read. We've had it for 2 years and my son still runs to get it!
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