Rhyme Stonesby Pat Skene, Graham Ross (Illustrator)
In Rhyme Stones, we go spelunking, we meet a witch who can't stay on her broomstick, a schoolyard bully, and we see how a simple piece of cloth can become anything we want it to be. Each long poem is followed by an exclusive interview with the main character, and each short poem has a "trailer" of cool facts about the theme.
Young readers will thoroughly enjoy this collection of humorous rhyming stories. Each of these six stories is entertaining as well as educational. At the end of three of the stories there is an interview with the main character where readers can learn facts about the poem's topic. For example, in "Cecil Goes Spelunking," Cecil looks for his missing puppy in a dark cave. During the interview piece, Cecil answers questions and shares safety advice about cave exploration. "Polly Palooka" is a witty poem about a mean girl who teases and taunts the other kids. After this story there is a "bully bulletin" that provides advice for dealing with bullies. Each kid-friendly story is extremely engaging and the passage that follows are easy to read and informative. There are small black-and-white drawings scattered throughout the book. Reviewer: Denise Daley
Read an Excerpt
They scrambled through branches and followed the sound. Then will said, "It's coming from under that mound." And that's when they saw it—a dark open hollow. They stopped in their tracks and took a big swallow. "A cave," Wally whispered. "We can't go in there." And Will said, "It could be a den for a bear." They heard Fitzhugh howling from somewhere inside. And Cecil was tempted to run off and hide.
Then will said, "It's coming from under that mound."
And that's when they saw it—a dark open hollow.
They stopped in their tracks and took a big swallow.
"A cave," Wally whispered. "We can't go in there."
And Will said, "It could be a den for a bear."
They heard Fitzhugh howling from somewhere inside.
And Cecil was tempted to run off and hide.
Meet the Author
Pat Skene lives in Cobourg, Ontario where she writes a syndicated newspaper story page for children. She is also the author of award-winning picture book, The Whoosh of Gadoosh, Illumination Arts, Bellevue WA 2002. Pat is a member of CANSCAIP and The Writer's Union of Canada. For more information, visit www.boomerrantz.wordpress.com or email her at email@example.com.
A graduate of the illustration program at Sheridan College in Ontario, Graham Ross began his freelance illustration and graphic design career in Ottawa. A career that has spawned illustrations for such publishers as Orca Book Publishers, Scholastic Canada, and Meadowside Books of the United Kingdom, as well as numerous Canadian government agencies and private design firms. He lives in Merrickville, Ontario with a circus star family: his juggling wife, a helldriver daughter, a canine cannonball, and a fire breathing cat. For more information, visit www.kidwithacrayon.com.
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