The Grand Old Duke of York

The Grand Old Duke of York

by Maureen Roffey, Bernard Lodge
     
 

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The grand old Duke of York marches his men up and down and all around. In new verses, added to the original nursery rhyme, he gradually loses all his men and then finds them again.

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The grand old Duke of York marches his men up and down and all around. In new verses, added to the original nursery rhyme, he gradually loses all his men and then finds them again.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A venerable eight-line nursery rhyme has long acclaimed the exploits of the feckless Duke of York and his army of 10,000 men: ``He marched them up to the top of the hill, / And he marched them down again.'' Here, 10 new verses continue the Duke's adventures as his silly soldiers scatter, then muster once again. Rhymes, rhythms and nonsense logic match and sometimes surpass the original. After the Duke's men get lost in a wood and are rerouted in a river crossing, for example, their numbers have drastically dwindled: ``The grand old Duke of York / Had only twenty men-- / Fifteen marching through a farm, / Were chased off by a hen.'' The artwork--precisely delineated collages--catches the verve in bold fields of color, dynamic compositions and a hint of mischief (when a row of smiling soldiers marches in unison, it's easy to overlook the final man, facing backward and scowling). Other clever strokes include the use of loosely woven burlap in creating the Duke's horse: cut separately, the hind and front legs are laid so that the grains in these sections run counter, with the effect of suggesting motion. A treat in every way, both playful and well thought out. Ages 4-7. (Feb.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781879085626
Publisher:
Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.
Publication date:
03/01/1996
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.87(w) x 9.87(h) x 0.15(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Maureen Roffey and Bernard Lodge are the authors of The Grand Old Duke of York. Bernard Lodge is a British designer best known for his work on the BBC television series Doctor Who.

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