Riddle Rhymes

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What's crispy and crunchy and dances with the breeze? What's big and round and party bound? What lifts up kites and stirs the leaves? To solve these mysteries, Charles Ghigna offers a collection of fifteen "Who am I?" poems to pique the curiosity and tickle the funny bones of young readers.

From kites and clocks to balloons and leaves, everyday objects speak for themselves in this whimsical collection of 15 "Who-am-I?" rhymes. As each verse provides the clues--how ...

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Overview

What's crispy and crunchy and dances with the breeze? What's big and round and party bound? What lifts up kites and stirs the leaves? To solve these mysteries, Charles Ghigna offers a collection of fifteen "Who am I?" poems to pique the curiosity and tickle the funny bones of young readers.

From kites and clocks to balloons and leaves, everyday objects speak for themselves in this whimsical collection of 15 "Who-am-I?" rhymes. As each verse provides the clues--how the object looks, functions, and fits in a child's life--the bold full-color illustrations unravel the riddle.

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Children's Literature - Gretchen Hesbacher
Many of the riddles are rather creative and are not immediately obvious without the help of the accompanying picture and pattern of rhyme. Some of the choices for rhymes, such as the weather vane and praying mantis, may not relate to today's more urban children, and there does not appear to be an overlying theme for the objects being presented. The human characters portrayed do not depict minorities, however a rainbow wearing man and a red dog are pictured. The overall effect is a traditionally worded and illustrated book that is colorful and fun but may not relate to ethnically diverse or urban children.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-Riddles are fun and so are rhymes. Put them together and you get a lighthearted guessing-game about everyday objects in a young child's life. Nearly half of the 15 poems have appeared in the magazines such as Turtle, Lollipops, and Child Life. Some have been retitled and slightly revised. Of the newest ones, ``Undercover Friend'' (a book) and ``The Lonely Room'' (the hall) are most appealing. Gorton's airbrushed acrylic illustrations use simple shapes and lots of primary colors. They are well designed and particularly effective, making the book fresh and interesting to young listeners and independent readers. An attractive addition.-Pamela K. Bomboy, Chesterfield County Public Schools, VA
Julie Corsaro
Appealing graphic-style artwork illustrates an equally appealing collection of 15 rhyming riddles. Written in the first person, the simple verses are drawn from children's everyday experiences. There are shadows, insects, autumn leaves, clocks, books, and mirrors. Several clues energize each poem: "I like flowers / I like sun / I like gardens / Just for fun . . ." Combining a 1950s sensibility with a slick postmodern style, the full-page acrylic paintings mix basic yet bold "shapes and colors
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781562824792
  • Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
  • Publication date: 9/28/1995
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.34 (w) x 8.36 (h) x 0.39 (d)

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