And the Green Grass Grew All Around: Folk Poetry from Everyone

And the Green Grass Grew All Around: Folk Poetry from Everyone

by Alvin Schwartz
     
 

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Do your ears hang low,
Do they wobble to and fro?

If they do, you may be a folk poet! From autograph rhymes to street rhymes, from riddles to nonsense rhymes, folk poetry celebrates the vitality and originality of everyday language.Birdie, birdie, in the Sky,
Why'd you do that in my eye?

Compiled by renowned folklorist Alvin Schwartz and illustrated with

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Overview

Do your ears hang low,
Do they wobble to and fro?

If they do, you may be a folk poet! From autograph rhymes to street rhymes, from riddles to nonsense rhymes, folk poetry celebrates the vitality and originality of everyday language.Birdie, birdie, in the Sky,
Why'd you do that in my eye?

Compiled by renowned folklorist Alvin Schwartz and illustrated with antic humor by Sue Truesdell, here is a treasure trove of more than 250 folk poems to share with friends and family. It may even inspire you to create your own!Understand, rubberband?

Notable Children's Books of 1993 (ALA)
1993 Fanfare Honor List (The Horn Book)
1992 Books for Youth Editors' Choices (BL)
Children's Choices for 1993 (IRA/CBC)
Children's Books of 1992 (Library of Congress)
100 Books for Reading and Sharing 1992 (NY Public Library)
Bulletin Blue Ribbons 1992 (BCCB)
1993 Notable Trade Books in the Language Arts (NCTE)
1993-4 Alabama Emphasis on Reading Award

Author Biography: Alvin Schwartz is known for a body of work of more than two dozen books of folklore for young readers that explore everything from wordplay and humor to tales and legends of all kinds. His collections of scary stories — Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark, More Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark, Scary Stories 3, and two I Can Read Books, In A Dark, Dark Room and Ghosts! — are just one part of his matchless folklore collection.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sheree Van Vreede
Perhaps the best collection of folk rhymes I have seen, this award-winning compilation covers many childhood favorites, such as "Do your ears hang low? Do they wobble to and fro?" and "Here comes the bride/Big, fat, and wide." Young readers and their parents and teachers can have fun reading the ones they know and learning new ones. Most importantly, we can all come to appreciate how much these rhymes are a part of our history and will hopefully become a part of our future. Organized by subject, lyrics on people, food, nonsense, love and marriage, fun and games, as well as other topics are found here. Perhaps the best feature of the book, however, comes at the end where sources are provided for the rhymes. It is in this section that readers can see just how long some of these rhymes have been with us and where they came from. Amusing, silly sketches accompany the text. 1999 (orig.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780606167048
Publisher:
San Val, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/01/1999

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As sure as a vine grows round a stump,
You are my darling sugar lump.

As sure as a vine grows round a rafter,
you are the one that I am after.

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