Umbrellaphants and Stardines


April is National Poetry Month!   I must admit, poetry is dearer to my railroading poet husband, but I do try to seek some goodies out for my daughters.  (See previous National Poetry Month posts.)  I have two clever, beautiful poetry picture books for you today.  They are both by Jack Prelutsky, America's first Children's Poet Laureate, with gorgeous collage illustrations by Carin Berger.

Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant and Other Poems by Jack Prelutsky, illustrated by Carin Berger.  Greenwillow Books, 2006.

YES.  Clever, punny nonsense poems about make-believe animals.  Just look at the table of contents.








The girls and I knew we had found a keeper.  Well, not this particular copy, as it must go back to the library. But this is definitely a book we could see in our permanent collection!  The rhyming verse is catchy, but the vocabulary is rich.  I had to stop to define words for both girls, but we love learning new words.  As you can see, the illustrations are delightful.  I adore that "Clocktopus," and the "Umbrellaphant" should be framed on the wall of a very whimsical room.  See more examples from the book at the HarperCollins Children's website.

Last year, the duo struck gold once again!  I think I like this one even more.

Stardines Swim High Across the Sky and Other Poems by Jack Prelutsky, illustrated by Carin Berger.  Greenwillow Books, 2013.







I read this one to Big Sis's second grade class today.  The kids had such a great time.  I think I can say for certain that "Tattlesnakes" was their favorite.  I think it might be mine, too, although I adore the little "Bardvark" illustration.  Please head over to the book's page at HarperCollins Children's for better examples.

I know Jack Prelutsky is very popular.  Do you have a favorite Prelutsky poem or book?


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  1. oh COOL -- didn' t know these guys has another book out!!! we totally adored the first one! ooooooh i gotta go find--- stardines! love it!

    my awesome mom in law got us the umbrellaphant book and i've been feeling so badly that i never got around to reviewing it and i'm really thrilled to see it profiled here! it is really brilliant. Poetry is cool! Julia totally adored this book, she loved the trumpetoons :)

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    1. I loved the first one, but I think I like the second one even more! They're both so fabulous.

      I think I posted this at the absolute deadest time on the internet yesterday. It has had the slowest number of views of any post in recent memory...

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  2. Oh how AWESOME are these! I love this kind of poems, humorous, whimsical ones. These books are going straight to my (ever growing) wish list...Prelutsky- I wasn't familiar with him. I'm now browsing through your other National Poetry Month posts- they're lovely!!

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    1. Thanks! Prelutsky writes a lot of humorous poems. Kids usually love him. ;)

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  3. Those books look amazing! Have been following your instagram for a while now, but am in love with your blog.

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    1. Thank you so much! I recognize you, and just headed to your blog! LOVE your Gwyneth Paltrow/Unicorn Thinks He's Pretty Great post. :)

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  4. I am won over just by the titles! Simply Genius!!!

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