A reissue of Read-Aloud Rhymes for the Very Young, edited by Jack Prelutsky, illus. by Marc Brown, gathers more than 200 poems. Of the original, first published in 1986, PW wrote, "Page after page of winter rhymes, pet poems and bedtime fancies, here is a book that could inspire a lifetime love of the lilting tones of favorite poets. Brown's pictures spill over with robust children, woeful or willful animals, and not-very-scary monsters wearing sometimes sheepish, other times exuberant expressions." (Mar.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
More than 200 poems and rhymes have been assembled by Prelutsky in this large, satisfying volume. An obvious love for all things childlike is present in selections by Myra Cohn Livingston, Ogden Nash, A. A. Milne, Else Holmelund Minarik, Karen Gundersheimer, George MacDonald, Robert Louis Stevenson and many, many others. Brown's pictures spill over with robust children, woeful or willful animals, and not-very-scary monsterswearing sometimes sheepish, other times exuberant expressions. Page after page of winter rhymes, pet poems and bedtime fancieshere is a book that could inspire a lifetime love of the lilting tones of favorite poets. An introduction by Jim Trelease makes the case for reading aloud; one need go no further than this volume to be convinced. (3-8)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Published more than 10 years ago, Read-Aloud Rhymes for the Very Young has just been reissued. Jack Prelutsky selected the poems, and the beautiful illustrations are by Marc Brown, who also created the new cover. In his introduction to the collection, Jim Trelease writes, "The poets represented in this volume have not forgotten what it was like to be three years old.... Reading such poems aloud allows us to visit with the child within each of us, and each visit gives us a better understanding of the child in our lap or in our classroom." The 200 poems highlight all of the ordinary and special events in children's lives. It is a treasure for young and old. 1997 (orig.
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
For more than twenty-five years Jack Prelutsky has been a forerunner in what he refers to as the children's poetry "renaissance." He has compiled anthologies such as Read Aloud Rhymes for the Very Young where he draws on many current writers who he believes are some of the best children's poets who ever lived. Prelutsky believes even harried working parents can take time for a daily poetry break to share with their children" the music of language. Poems can show us the beauty of our language and how things can be expressed. That's especially important now in our age of computers, video games and quick fix entertainment. Besides rhyming poetry is fun! This collection will indeed be fun.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2 For this collection of over 200 poems, Prelutsky has selected and combined joyous, sensitive poems just as he did for older children in The Random House Book of Poetry for Children (Random, 1983). As with the previous anthology, this is no stale collection of copyright-free material. The poems included are by such traditional poets as Dorothy Aldis and A. A. Milne, as well as by more contemporary poets such as Karla Kuskin, Dennis Lee, and Prelutsky himself. All are lively, rhythmic poems that young children will enjoy. The freshness of the collection and the content of the poems make it more accessible than books such as A Very First Poetry Book (Oxford, 1984). Brown's bright pastel illustrations effectively use framing, action, and cheerful creatures to echo the light tone of the book. The poems are arranged with others of the same topic and include popular concerns of small children, such as animals, bath time, dragons, and play. Teachers and librarians will appreciate poems about seasons, months, holidays, and special events that can be easily incorporated into story hours and classroom life. An added bonus is Jim Trelease's delightful introduction urging adults to read poetry aloud to young children. Titles, authors, and first lines are indexed. Barbara Chatton, College of Education, University of Wyoming, Laramie
From the Publisher
“All truly easy to read aloud.”—The Horn Book Magazine
“Bound to develop an appreciation for poetry at a very young age.”—School Library Journal
“Parents will discover it is as much fun to read as it is for the little ones to hear.”—Chicago Tribune
“Marc Brown’s pictures of children and animals, each lovingly depicted, convey the universal childhood exuberance found in each rhyme.”—Boston Sunday Globe
A Horn Book Fanfare Honor Book
A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year