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Read-Aloud Rhymes for the Very Young Hardcover – October 12, 1986
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Marc Brown, author and illustrator of the popular Arthur series, uses colored-pencil illustrations and borders to unify the poems, helping to create a pleasing, lively collection to carry children from their preschool years into the early elementary grades. As Jim Trelease tells us in his introduction to the book, "Unlike the toys we buy our children, poems cannot break." (Ages 2 to 7)
From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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If your little ones are driving you nuts and you feel like you're stuck on an island (like they're starring in Lord of the Flies), this book could save your life! Seriously, it is the best book for children in print today. I spend tons of time and the library and this book is one you must take home to keep.
This is a book of rhymes for younger children, by a whole variety of people. Some of the authors whose verse is used: Rose Fyleman, Evaleen Stein, Rachel Field, Ivy Eastwick, Lilian Moore, Anita Posey, Norah Smaridge, and many others.
Some cute works that struck my fancy. . . Rachel Field:
"Sing a song of picnics,
Bread and butter spread,
Greenery all around about,
And cherries overhead."
A lament from William Cole:
"It's such a shock, I almost screech,
When I find a worm inside my peach!
But then, what really makes me blue
Is to find a worm who's bit in two!"
Or a piece by Gwendolyn Brooks:
"Do you ever look in the looking glass
And see a stranger there?
A child you know and do not know,
Wearing what you wear?"
Anyhow, an affecting little book that parents can read to their kids--and maybe their kids to them, too.
Top to bottom. Returned it. Replacement arrived quickly. I checked the back and same problem! The binding is torn away from the back cover!
I give up. Very sad. This was supposed to be a birthday gift for my 5 year old granddaughter. The poems and illustrations were cute, but can't give a ruined book as a gift.
Update 2/28/15: I ordered this book from Barnes & Noble and that book had same exact defect. Clearly there is a problem with this production run. I hope to buy this book sometime in the future, but I have to see it in a store to make sure the cover is attached to the spine.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Will love reading these rhymes to my granddaughter. Wonderful illustrations.Published 2 months ago by Mama C
From a preschool teacher (and parent): this is the best anthology of poetry for young children I have ever read. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
My barely-three-year-old loves this book so much that when we accidentally left it behind at a VRBO on vacation, I ordered another copy just 24 hours later. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Colleen
Jack Prelutsky books are terrific for children...quite a selection, for any age group. Highly recommend his books. : )Published 9 months ago by Chrose1201