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From Publishers Weekly

In PW's words, these child-friendly poems "skim the surface, breaking no new ground, but children will be entertained by their breezy simplicity and humor." Ages 7-10. (Apr.)
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Grade 3-6?From "The Seventh Swimming Lesson," in which Sally finally puts her face in the water, to a practical version of "Sleeping Beauty," this is an inspired book of verse guaranteed to the tickle the humerus again and again. Yet, poignancy is present, too. The jolly fat boy isn't mirthful when he's alone, and "What Dads Do" is so amusingly correct that readers will not be prepared for the final line, "I wish I still had one." All in all, these 70-odd poems will challenge, charm, and delight any child?or adult?who chooses to read them. A great many of the verses would be perfect for reading aloud and for transforming into wonderful choral-reading arrangements. Both humorous and dreamlike pen-and-ink illustrations are scattered throughout. Run out in your skivvies, if necessary, to secure a copy of this fine book. It will make children laugh themselves silly.?Amy Adler, Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, OH
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 6
  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (April 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689833768
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689833762
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #781,215 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on June 16, 2000
Format: Paperback
In keeping with the style and humor of her previous works, Judith Viorst's SAD UNDERWEAR offers a unique views of life through revisiting fairy tales with a 90's spin and creating thought-provoking verses that discuss childhood trauma, triumphs, and concerns. Certain poems, such as "Exploring"; "What Dads Do"; "It's a Wonderful World, but They Made a Few Mistakes"; or "See the Jolly Fat Boy," speak volumes to all audiences--young children to young-at-heart adults. Sweet and poignant, the book becomes a good gift for anyone approaching any of life's passages. A good companion piece would be Viorst's IF I WERE IN CHARGE OF THE WORLD AND OTHER WORRIES.
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Synopsis: Only Judith Viorst, with the perfect pitch for the trials of childhood that has made her Alexander Books modern classics, could create an ode to melancholy unmentionables. But the title poem is just one of the many pleasures in this collection, which bursts with wit and understanding - and the occasional poignant note. (from the back of the book)
Review: From the title, I expected this collection of children's poems to be silly and goofy and all together light. I was wrong. Viorst has a knack for mixing the silly and profound. At least several times, I had to take a breath at the end of a poem to catch my heart up to my mind. While there is a goofy poem or two, most has a depth rare to see in Children's verse. This is an exquisite collection of poems, but not for young children. I would recommend for elementary age or older, at least, and it should be read with an adult who can answer questions.
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I bought this book for my classroom to help in teaching poetry. I love this book; it has a lot of interesting poems and I hope to use it when if I ever teach gen ed (I currently teach Special Education).
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