Dilly Dilly Piccalilli: Poems for the Very Young

Dilly Dilly Piccalilli: Poems for the Very Young

by Myra Cohn Livingston, Eileen Christelow, Joyce Livingston

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this jaunty collection of poems from celebrated poet and anthologist Livingston, old favorites like Robert Louis Stevenson's ``The Swing'' and Edward Lear's ``The Owl and the Pussy-Cat'' sit side by side with works by N. M. Bodecker, David McCord, Karla Kuskin, William Butler Yeats and Theodore Roethke. The arrangement of poems is intended ``to replicate the manner in which the minds of children operate, connecting seemingly disparate words and ideas.'' For example, poems about moons are linked with poems about food through Vachel Lindsay's familiar ``The Moon's the North Wind's Cooky,'' but often the unstated connections are so disjointed they would confuse even the most alert reader. Perhaps this is a book best sampled in small, cherished portions rather than consumed as a whole. Among the 80 pages are 15 pictures by Christelow, which seem too few to contribute to the work or make it more accessible to the young audience for whom the collection was compiled. Ages 6-11. (Apr.)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 1-6-- Despite being billed as ``poems for the very young,'' this small anthology will appeal to a much wider audience. Choosing largely from the work of older poets, Livingston expertly binds the collection together with a succession of (unannounced) thematic links--wind, rain, night, questions, the moon--and, of course, plenty of playful language: Harry Behn's elephumpasses and camels' humpasses, David McCord's ``Bananas and Cream,'' and Lear's ``Calico Pie.'' Few selections run longer than a page; topics and imagery are generally kept simple and discussed with a child-like sensibility--although in Kuskin's ``The Question'' (``People always say to me/ `What do you think you'd like to be/ When you grow up?'/ And I say . . . `something furry, rough and wild . . ./ Or maybe I will stay a child' ''), the speaker sounds adult. Occasional soft-toned black-and-white sketches, mostly of children at play, add cheerful notes. Authors, titles, and first lines are indexed. Its contents may be widely collected elsewhere or recent enough to be in print, but this book makes an attractive gateway to the larger anthologies. --John Peters, New York Public Library

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Margaret K. McElderry Books
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Edition description:
1st ed
Product dimensions:
5.83(w) x 7.09(h) x 0.57(d)
Age Range:
6 Years

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