Read a Rhyme, Write a Rhyme
Read a Rhyme, Write a Rhyme
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Annotation: A collection of poems with "poemstarts" for young poetry writers to complete.
Genre: Poetry
Catalog Number: #4529772
Format: Paperback
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Common Core/STEAM: Common Core Common Core
Publisher: Random House
Copyright Date: 2005
Edition Date: 2005
Illustrator: So, Meilo,
Pages: 23 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-385-73727-0
ISBN 13: 978-0-385-73727-2
Dewey: 811
LCCN: 2004026501
Dimensions: 28 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
ALA Booklist
Poetry becomes interactive in this attractive picture-book anthology, put together by the popular Prelutsky. The oversize format allows room for several poems on each spread, with each group of poems centered on a particular theme: snow, bugs, birthdays, different animals. The poems, from a variety of writers, are short and pithy, and they pave the way for the poemstart on each spread: Prelutsky starts a poem on the topic and invites readers to finish it. Accompanying each poemstart are some suggestions for writing poetry or a biographical anecdote. The watercolor artwork that enlivens each spread is deliciously varied: big and small dogs; a giant foot in a sneaker scattering bugs out of the way; a snowball fight, part of a whirling, snowy scene. This is a well-conceived package that will be especially useful in classrooms. A thoughtful introductory note beginning READ THIS NOW! reminds kids not to write in the book.
Horn Book
A collection of poems on ten different topics (dogs, birthdays, etc.) invites kids to versify--with a little help. Penned by different writers, three poems on each subject appear with a "poemstart" by Prelutsky--two to seven rhyming lines to be completed by the reader--and hints on how to do it. Lighthearted illustrations complement this engaging (though workbook-like) volume. Ind.
Kirkus Reviews
Prelutsky has invented a method he calls "poemstarts" to help children get started in writing poetry. He provides several introductory lines of a simple poem and then offers some open-ended suggestions for its completion. In this thematically organized collection, Prelutsky offers ten poemstarts on different popular themes, complemented by three short poems on the same subject by different authors. The poemstart and related text is set off on a gold background on the upper right of each spread, with the three short related poems incorporated within a thematic illustration in So's delightfully loose watercolors. Some of the subjects covered are dogs, bugs, snow and best friends. Prelutsky's short suggestions for young writers include possible rhyming words, point of view and incorporating personal experiences and feelings into poetry, all offered in a light-handed manner. Though the volume's intent is as a springboard to writing poetry, the thoughtful selections and So's winning watercolors make this a successful poetry collection even without the writing prompts. (author's note, indexes of titles and authors) (Picture book. 5-8)
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-Prelutsky designed this collection to jumpstart children's creative juices. Three short poems were chosen for each theme: dogs, food, birthdays, bugs, cows, friends, snow, turtles, rain, and self. He also includes a "poemstart": an unfinished verse, along with advice and lists of rhyming words, so that readers can complete the poem on their own. The compiler displays a fine sense for lighthearted, kid-friendly poetry; highlights include Alice Schertle's "Moo," Myra Cohn Livingston's "Birthday," and Karla Kuskin's "Running Away." Readers will be drawn to the book's attractive design; So's watercolor-and-ink illustrations add playfully jumbled perspectives. This title is aimed at a younger audience than most poetry/creative writing guides; Janet S. Wong's You Have to Write (S & S, 2002) is for older primary-grade students. Both books are notable for their direct, practical approach and will be valued by teachers and young writers.-Marilyn Taniguchi, Beverly Hills Public Library, CA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Reading Level: 3.0
Interest Level: 2-5

“Prelutsky has invented a method he calls ‘poemstarts’ to help children get started in writing poetry. He provides several introductory lines of a simple poem and then offers some open-ended suggestions for its completion. In this thematically organized collection, Prelutsky offers ten poemstarts on different popular themes, complemented by three short poems on the same subject by different authors. . . . Though the volume’s intent is as a springboard to writing poetry, the thoughtful selections and So’s winning watercolors make this a successful poetry collection even without the writing prompts.”—Kirkus Reviews, Starred

Mutterly / Tony Johnston
A bulldog's face / Marilyn Singer
Into your loving arms I leap / Amy E. Sklansky
Crack an egg / Denise Rodgers
Mashed potatoes / Eve Merriam
Eating blueberries / Sandra Olson Liatsos
If we didn't have birthdays / Dr. Seuss
Birthday / Myra Cohn Livingston
Birthdays / Mary Ann Hoberman
Upside down / Aileen Fisher
Bugs / Karla Kuskin
Mayfly and June bug / J. Patrick Lewis
Moo / Alice Schertle
The cow / Jack Prelutsky
The cow / Ogden Nash
My first best friend / Jack Prelutsky
I remember, I remember / Dennis Lee
Wait for me / Sarah Wilson
Winter morning / Ogden Nash
One thing I know / Ivy O. Eastwick
Footprints / Shirley Hughes
The box turtle / Douglas Florian
A turtle with a tiny head / Effie Lee Newsome
Turtle troble / Charles Ghigna
Let's count the raindrops / Alan Benjamin
Rain / Myra Cohn Livingston
To walk in warm rain / David McCord
Running away / Karla Kuskin
A circle of sun / Rebecca Kai Dotlich
Lonely / William Wise.

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