Higgle, Wiggle

Higgle, Wiggle

by Eve Merriam, Hans Wilhelm

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A collection of short poems about various objects and animals, including mashed potatoes, keys, and a bird in a sweet gum tree.


A collection of short poems about various objects and animals, including mashed potatoes, keys, and a bird in a sweet gum tree.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Fans of Blackberry Ink will delight in Merriam and Wilhelm's second collection of bouncy, joyful poems for preschoolers. Merriam's appealing verses contain a wealth of rhythms, rhymes and action: a pair of boots go ``clomping / stomping along''; a child describes a cat that ``slithered and stretched . . . quivered and prowled''; and a bath which begins with ``slipple slapple slubble'' ends when the water ``guggle uggle gluggles'' down the drain. Wilhelm sprinkles his stark white pages with a garden of children and winsome stuffed animals (a plump Piglet-like charmer appears frequently with his teddy bear). Perfect for counting and finger rhymes or group activities, these sunny verses will offer youngest readers an easy entry into the joy of wordplay and imagination. Whether they are about mashed potatoes (``mashed potato clouds, / mashed potato moon, / scoop it all up / with a giant's spoon'') or about dancing (``dance out of bed, / dance on the floor, / dance down the hallway, / dance out the door''), these short poems reflect a world of mirth and merriment. Ages 3-up. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
Poems that bring on the giggles are a surefire way to hook youngsters. Begin with the late Eve Merriam's Higgle Wiggle, a collection of rhythmic, snapping, clapping "happy rhymes." Ms. Merriam's word play is always a delight, whether she's describing the "Jingly, jangle / tangle of keys...," the new baby who "...woggles and goggles and scrunches its eyes...," or the "...pots of sand, / ...truckloads of sand / ....miles of sand / ...mountains of sand" shaken out of clothes after a day at the beach. With playful watercolors by Hans Wilhelm, this is an excellent introduction for the youngest poetry listeners.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-This posthumous collection of upbeat, amusing, easy-to-read rhymes is illustrated with Wilhelm's cheerful watercolors. Subjects include sidewalk sounds, mashed potatoes, dancing, bananas, and bathtime. Any group of Merriam's poems, including this one, offer some wonderful wordplay, but these 23 never-before-published selections add little to the canon of her work.-Kathleen Whalin, Greenwich Country Day School, CT

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