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PreS-Gr 3-These poems are rich in sound, imagery, repetition, and surprise. On rare occasions, readers will find trams, lorries, and Yorkshire pudding. "The Kitchen Orchestra" has a contagious rhythm: "Banging boxes, clanking pans,/Clacking spoons and tinkling cans./Tapping bottles, rattling plates,/What a noise the children make!" Also included are parodies of well-known nursery rhymes that will tickle many a funny bone: "Jack and Jill climbed up the hill,/Their feet, they felt like lead./Said Jack, `Oh, let's not bother, Jill,/We'll go to town instead.'" The illustration shows the two children at the foot of a grassy hill, with a small sign off to the side, "To Town." Brightly colored cartoon drawings are interspersed among the verses of the individual poems, sometimes resulting in a zigzag effect and offering an immediate relationship between art and text. The real affection shown here for the experience of children promises to make early poetry lovers.-Teresa Pfeifer, Alfred Zanetti Montessori Magnet School, Springfield, MA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

This CD consists of Gervase Phinn reading out his 32 amusing poems, some of which are rewrites of familiar nursery rhymes. A few are far too 'clever' for the the very young, but many could become favourites. -- Anne Marsden * Nursery Education *

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