Friday, April 22, 2011

If Not for the Cat by Jack Prelutsky

Prelutsky offers 17 poems, haiku to be specific, riddles if you will, to readers. Can you guess the creatures?

What I thought
: Delightful! I never knew haiku had the possibility of being riddles, but Prelutsky showed me. These would be great to share with elementary school age children. Don't show the illustrations until they've guessed what creature. My favorite haiku are the elephant, the otter, the beaver, and the butterflies. The illustrations are gorgeous--so realistic and colorful. My favorites are the otter, the parrot, the butterfly, the hummingbird. This collection would pair well with David Elliott's In the Wild.

Story Time Theme
: Animals

(Illus. Ted Rand. Greenwillow, 2004)

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