A winning combination of funny animal antics and beautiful poetry containing a variety of nursery rhymes; poetry by Ogden Nash, William Wordsworth, and other notable poets; and Japanese haiku highlights a collection of animal poems with a multicultural flavor."
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PreSchool-Grade 2. Open the cover of this extraordinary collection and it will be nearly impossible to stop reading until the final poem has been shared and each illustration admired. Animals and children hop, jump, bounce, and tumble together across one glorious page after another, reflecting the energy found in the musical language. Traditional nursery rhymes, soothing lullabies, Japanese haiku, action verse, and nonsense jingles offer a wonderful variety among the nearly 50 poems. Poets include Ogden Nash, William Wordsworth, J.R.R. Tolkien, Beatrix Potter, and William Blake. Text is arranged attractively within the fanciful pictures, producing a seamless blend of art and poetry. Well-known for her spun-sugar pastels, here Chorao introduces brighter hues, combining ripe-berry crimson, butterscotch gold, and cornflower blue with softer violets and pinks. Details within the illustrations contribute to the whimsical tone, inviting a lingering look at a frog's polka-dot swimsuit, or a bear tightly clutching his favorite teddy. Each page or spread features one animal, announced in a framed, decorative banner. Gender and cultural representations are well-balanced. Reserve plenty of time for sharing this poetry at group story programs, during a one-on-one giggle session, or as a unique introduction to specific animals. Gems such as "Little Miss Limberkin" (who finds a mouse), "Jim-Jam Pyjamas" (that describes a tiger's fur), and "The Pum Na-Na Frogs" are sure to be repeated again and again.?Sarabeth Kalajian, Venice Public Library, FL
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This enjoyably eclectic gathering of poems sports a good range of styles, tempos, and moods. A few are long, most are short (William Cole's ``That handsome little chimpanzee/Looks very much like you--or me!''); some rhyme, some are pure nonsense, one is a limerick; there are poems that amble while others are succinct, as in Onitsura's haiku: `` `Please don't go,' I called/but the fireflies flashed away/deep into darkness.'' Chorao (The Book of Giving, 1995, etc.) includes material from around the globe--the Caribbean, Eastern Europe-- and finds room for old favorites from Beatrix Potter, Mary Mapes Dodge, Herbert Asquith, Ogden Nash, William Wordsworth, and William Blake, among others. All the poems have been illustrated with Chorao's cuddly art, a style that works well with simpler pieces but is less suitable when paired with more sophisticated works. (Picture book/poetry. 3-7) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Book Description Dutton Juvenile, 1997. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Kay Chorao (illustrator). book. Bookseller Inventory # M0525458255
Book Description Dutton Juvenile, 1997. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0525458255
Book Description Dutton Juvenile, 1997. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110525458255
Book Description Dutton Juvenile. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0525458255 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.1144505