Rhymes 'Round the World

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Sweet and full of wonder, from catchy to quiet, children's poems captivate readers of all ages. Here, familiar nursery rhymes and folk songs join poetry selections from many traditions. Recall old favorites and discover new poems, from Poland to Mozambique, Japan to Mexico, and every corner in between. Cheerful illustrations capture the beauty of diversity the world over.

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Overview

Sweet and full of wonder, from catchy to quiet, children's poems captivate readers of all ages. Here, familiar nursery rhymes and folk songs join poetry selections from many traditions. Recall old favorites and discover new poems, from Poland to Mozambique, Japan to Mexico, and every corner in between. Cheerful illustrations capture the beauty of diversity the world over.

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School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1

These 40 poems and songs offer children a taste of many different cultures. Most are anonymous or traditional nursery rhymes; a few are by English or American poets. The tone is light and joyous. Sweet illustrations of babies and toddlers engaged in playful activities depict the universality of children everywhere. Similar in style to Chorao's The Baby's Playtime Book (2006); The Baby's Book of Baby Animals (2004); The Baby's Lap Book (1990), and The Baby's Good Morning Book (1986, all Dutton), this is an appealing volume to share with preschoolers.-Sally R. Dow, Ossining Public Library, NY

Kirkus Reviews
The poems in this sampling of international verse originate from all over the globe, including countries such as Poland, Iran, France, China and the United States. The lively poems and songs are accompanied by Chorao's colorful paintings, which feature her trademark joyful, round-faced tots in a variety of dynamic scenarios and landscapes. A hodgepodge of child-friendly topics are addressed, from tickling and birthdays to elephants and the rain. Source notes would have been a nice addition, as the credits are somewhat inconsistent. Most verses are attributed to a country or continent, some list an author or are labeled anonymous or traditional, while another is an "old jingle," with no explanation provided for how the designation was made. Children may not get a clear picture of how these countries and places vary-the emphasis is more on the universal than the particular-but they will come away with the realization that children all around the world play, dance, appreciate flowers, look at the sky-and say goodnight (the illustration includes a translation in 18 languages). (Picture book/poetry. 3-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780525478751
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 3/19/2009
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 990,920
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 11.80 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Kay Chorao lives in New York City.

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