Rainbow Soup: Adventures in Poetry

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Come romp with me amongst the words/Come play amongst the phrases/Swing and climb from pun to rhyme/And hop through versey mazes. Swim through rivers thick with thought/Rejoice from head to toe-etry. Beat your drums and shake your bums/And dance the dance of poetry. From the author of the best-selling Words Are CATegorical™ series, this playful poetry collection includes limericks, puns, palindromes, and more. Short annotations explain the various forms and terms of poetry used....
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Overview

Come romp with me amongst the words/Come play amongst the phrases/Swing and climb from pun to rhyme/And hop through versey mazes. Swim through rivers thick with thought/Rejoice from head to toe-etry. Beat your drums and shake your bums/And dance the dance of poetry. From the author of the best-selling Words Are CATegorical™ series, this playful poetry collection includes limericks, puns, palindromes, and more. Short annotations explain the various forms and terms of poetry used.

An introduction to poetry that uses humorous poems, illustrations, and annotations to clarify terms and explain different types of poems, such as macaronic verse, concrete poems, and limericks.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Full of puns and silly jokes, Cleary here does for poetry what his Words Are Categorical series does for grammar. His light verse is lively and inventive-and often slightly outr . He delights in poking fun, for instance, at a boy who "had a pair of heads,/ And neither was becoming." He invents a "Mixed Marriage" of a chicken and a centipede whose offspring "had enough drumsticks/ To feed any crowd, anywhere." Like his previous books, this one has an educational agenda as well: footnotes accompanying many poems provide literary definitions set in such heavy type that they seem at times more important than the poems themselves. The lines about the two-headed Eric, for instance, present an example of trochaic meter. A footnote helps explain the punch line in a tribute to e.e. cummings's poetry, "Do you get the double meaning of `lower case' in the last line?" (the line reads, "your books are always on my shelf/ (tucked in my lower case)." Layton's (Jennifer Jones Won't Leave Me Alone) pen-and-ink and color wash cartoons add humor and a dash of exuberance. He portrays the cat entranced with a computer mouse in "My Cat Bytes" with squared-off, pixel-like edges. The subject of "Five" grins goofily, delighted with his three extra legs ("His pants fit like a glove"). The mocking tone often makes each poem seem like a parody of the poetic form it represents. But overall, the verses are clever and comical, and youngsters who may be intimidated by poetry may well warm up to its playful presentation here. Ages 8-12. (Feb.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
This is a book of poetry, but it is much more than that because the author is teaching poetry as well as amusing young readers. Along the way he explains the various forms poems may take and also defines some terms. Opening the book is "Welcome" urging readers to romp "amongst the words" and "play amongst the phrases" and finally to "dance the dance of poetry." One interesting poem is "English Lessons" which contains many mistakes, but they are logical mistakes given the trickiness of the English language. There are two short poems, and the one titled, "How People Came to American" contains only eight letters, "Some swum." Kids will enjoy the poems dependent upon puns and the silly limericks as well. All in all, this is worthwhile book for kids who are drawn to poetry and might prove a surprising success with youngsters without an overt interest in poetry. The learning is painless, the poems are funny, and the illustrations are eye-catching. 2004, Carolrhoda Books/Learner, Ages 7 to 10.
—Carolyn Mott Ford
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-Mixing a solid introduction to poetry with amusing examples, Cleary invites readers to "Come romp with me amongst the words./Come play amongst the phrases./Swing and climb from pun to rhyme/And hop through versey mazes." He tackles difficult concepts and defines terms and forms such as meter, iambic, personification, concrete poems, and parody. His short and simple explanations are included as footnotes at the bottom of the pages and are written in a tongue-in-cheek way that will engage young readers. The accompanying selections clearly illustrate the concepts, making for a concrete reinforcement of the message without the slightest hint of didacticism. The quality of the poems is a bit uneven and sometimes Cleary seems almost to be mocking what he is describing; however, this book is a great choice for getting children comfortable with poetry. Brightened up with splashes of color, Layton's quirky pen-and-ink pictures add to the fun. For a more in-depth take on poetic form and function, try Ralph J. Fletcher's Poetry Matters (HarperCollins, 2002).-Laura Reed, Kitchener Public Library, Ontario, Canada Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781575055978
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/1/2004
  • Pages: 88
  • Sales rank: 1,431,986
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian P. Cleary is the creator of the best-selling Words Are CATegorical™ series, now a 13-volume set with more than 2 million copies in print. He is also the author of the Math Is CATegorical™ series and the single titles Rainbow Soup: Adventures in Poetry, Rhyme and PUNishment: Adventures in Wordplay, Eight Wild Nights: A Family Hanukkah Tale, Peanut Butter and Jellyfishes: A Very Silly Alphabet Book and The Laugh Stand: Adventures in Humor. Mr. Cleary lives in Cleveland, Ohio.

Neal Layton is an award-winning illustrator who lives in England. He has written and illustrated books for children in Britain and in the United States.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2005

    A Teacher's Best Friend!!

    This book is PERFECT for the teacher who enjoys poetry, but has a hard time coming up with usable lesson plans for her third through sixth graders. My 10 year-old son doesn't even know he's learning. He just loves the funny silly, Silverstein-like poems and fun, wobbly illustrations. With footnotes to explain what type of poem (like macaronic verse, limerick, concrete poem, haiku, villanelle, lantern) or poetic term (like feminine rhyme, couplet, stanza), Rainbow Soup is this teacher's - and this Mom's - best friend!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2004

    If you like Prelutsky and Silverstein...

    If you like Prelutsky and Silverstein, then you should give Rainbow Soup a try. Funny, quirky and edgy, this soup boasts a mix of humor and education. This poetry volume can also serve as a lesson plan for teachers, because it has little crib notes at the bottom of most of the pages explaining poetic terms from iambic to feminine rhyme to villanelles. My kids just love it, and so

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2004

    Fun! Clever! Brings Poetry to Life!

    Rainbow Soup; Adventures in Poetry is packed with lively, interesting word choices, cool characters, and fun rhymes, but on top of all that, it explains many things about poetry, whether you're learning it or teaching it. My favorite is 'Lettuce Pray (A Ballad to Salad)' and my 12 year old son's favorite is a poem about a boy with two heads who could whistle and hum at the same time. His teacher used 'We're Goin to the Villa, Nell' to teach the French form of poetry called a Villanelle. Hats off to Brian P. Cleary!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2004

    I AM IN LOVE WITH THIS FUN POETRY BOOK!

    Rainbow Soup; Adventures in Poetry by Brian P. Cleary is not only a wonderfully amusing book of poetry, but it is also a painless lesson in teaching the various forms as well. Not since Where the Sidewalk Ends have I enjoyed such a fun, diverse volume of kid- and adult-friendly poetry!

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