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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