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Read-Aloud Rhymes for the Very Young Hardcover – October 12, 1986

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Poems about picnics, pretending, and puppies make this book the book to introduce little ones to poetry about the world around them. Jack Prelutsky, one of today's most respected children's poets, has selected more than 200 short poems--old favorites, traditional rhymes, and humorous verses--that will delight young listeners. The poems cover a wide range of experiences in a young child's life, from everyday events to special days to the world of the imagination.

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)

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More than 200 poems and rhymes have been assembled by Prelutsky in this large, satisfying volume. An obvious love for all things childlike is present in selections by Myra Cohn Livingston, Ogden Nash, A. A. Milne, Else Holmelund Minarik, Karen Gundersheimer, George MacDonald, Robert Louis Stevenson and many, many others. Brown's pictures spill over with robust children, woeful or willful animals, and not-very-scary monsterswearing sometimes sheepish, other times exuberant expressions. Page after page of winter rhymes, pet poems and bedtime fancieshere is a book that could inspire a lifetime love of the lilting tones of favorite poets. An introduction by Jim Trelease makes the case for reading aloud; one need go no further than this volume to be convinced.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (October 12, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394872185
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394872186
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.5 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,666 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Steven L. Mason on August 8, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This is the most wonderful book for young children! I bought this for my daughter when she was about two, and we both had the most wonderful time reading it. She is now 13, and this is still one of her most treasured books. Who can resist such poems as "Higglety Pigglety, Pop! The dog has eaten the mop. The pig's in a hurry, and the cat's in a flurry, Higglety pigglety, Pop! Another favorite is the one about Noise, which I read faster and faster until ending with an urgent, "STOP, STOP!". We always buy this book to give as baby gifts and you should too! And remember, "A flea and a fly and a kangaroo, jumped for a prize in a pot of glue...."
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I bought this book because Jim Trelease recommends it. Jim's Read Aloud Handbook is the definitive work on how reading to children is the #1 factor in increasing intelligence. Read-Aloud Rhymes is fun, funny and I have never tired of reading its many poems over the past two years to my kids (4 year old boy, twin 2 year old girls). It is my favorite and theirs as well.
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.
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The book begins by laying things out clearly (Introduction): ". . .most adults forget that long before children become great asking machines, they are great listening machines. . . . The relevance of all this to a collection of poetry is demonstrated by the fact that the first sound a child hears is actually a poem--the rhythmic, rhyming beat-beat-beat of a mother's heart. . . . Unlike the toys we buy our children, poems cannot break."

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.
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I purchased this for my son over a year ago, he is 3 now & this is one of his favorite books. Its a family treasure & every child should have one in their collection.
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We got this book out from our library recently and within a week I had ordered a copy for us. My nearly 2 year old demands poems from it all the time (as only 2 year olds can demand!!) and her older brothers have also enjoyed them. The book has so many poems that struck a chord with us; just one small example: With recent cold weather I ended up sharing Dragon Smoke (about day being so cold you can see your own breath) with my oldest son's class at school. I have also suggested that our local pre-school buys a copy for the adult library so that the poems can be shared with the children when relevant themes / moments arise. The pictures are perfect for the poems creating a completely wonderful package. It is just an absolutely superb book and one I will be buying as a present for many other families. I think in a way the title is a bit of a pity, (although completly reasonable), as these poems will last a lot longer than just for the "very Young".
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The short, unique rhymes are so fun to read. They are charming and sweet for little ones and parents and so much nicer than those awful Mother Goose nursery rhymes. They're organized by subject matter, so there's a section on rain, going to bed, the garden, etc. The illustrations by Marc Brown alone are worth the price. It's a pleasure to read so many funny, uplifting rhymes...not plotless tradgedies like humpty, dumpty and Jack and Jill. I look forward to reading to my baby as much as he does.
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I ordered the hardcover version. It looked perfect, but discovered the spine was completely torn away from the back cover. Completely.
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.
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I just received this book today. My daughter is 18 months old and we LOVE to read together. I am absolutely in love with this book. I started reading the poems aloud and found myself smiling and laughing...they are just so much fun! The illustrations are adorable and the books is simply gorgeous (I got the hard cover version)...but the poems are such great fun that they overshadow the illustrations. I have recently started reading to my daughter while she eats...that is where most of the paper books get read...board books are more durable for the hands on reading times. We read 20-30 books a day and that doesn't even include the repeat readings of her favorites. This will be so much fun to read to her during meals for now and as she gets older I am betting this will continue to be a favorite...especially for me. I cannot imagine reading this and it not bringing a huge smile to your face. I cannot wait to give this as a gift to other parents I know.
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