Ride a Purple Pelican

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It is hard to believe that Cincinnati Patty, Justin Austin, Pennington Poe, and the little pink pig in Arkansas have not been chanted and sung about by children for generations. But it is not hard to believe that they Will be chanted and sung about for generations to come! Jack Prelutsky and Garth Williams have created a nursery world, peopled with unforgettable characters. Come and meet your new friends. They will be old friends soon!

A collection of short nonsense...

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Overview

It is hard to believe that Cincinnati Patty, Justin Austin, Pennington Poe, and the little pink pig in Arkansas have not been chanted and sung about by children for generations. But it is not hard to believe that they Will be chanted and sung about for generations to come! Jack Prelutsky and Garth Williams have created a nursery world, peopled with unforgettable characters. Come and meet your new friends. They will be old friends soon!

A collection of short nonsense verses and nursery rhymes.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
"A fine and funny introduction to poetry for the very young," said PW of these "rollicking, rambunctious" nonsense rhymes. Ages 3-up. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Dr. Judy Rowen
Prelutsky's nonsense rhymes are paired with full-color illustrations by Williams, who is best known for his drawings for Charlotte's Web and the Little House books. Most of the rhymes are short and feature animals. A few are quite clever, the rest will appeal to Prelutsky's fans. 1997 (orig.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3 With this book of new rhymes, readers will discover a modern-day alternative to Mother Goose. Twenty-nine wonderfully rhythmic chants introduce such colorful characters as Hannah Banana, who ``walked on her hands from Montana to Maine,'' and Minnie and Moe, who ``went to Chicago/ to see the wind blow.'' Prelutsky's rhymes are rich in language, story, humor, and sensory content. But the joy of this book is not just the rhymesit's also Williams' glorious, brightly colored pictures, which bring the words to life. These pictures faithfully show episodes from the poems while extending and enhancing the text. Who could forget the sad little faces of the ``poor potatoes underground'' who ``never see the sunny skies /what a waste of all those eyes!'' Constance A. Mellon, Department of Library & Information Studies, East Carolina University, Greenville, N.C.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688040314
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/28/1986
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 178,823
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Jack Prelutsky

Jack Prelutsky is the best-selling author of more than fifty books of poetry, including The New Kid on the Block, illustrated by James Stevenson, and Stardines Swim High Across the Sky, illustrated by Carin Berger. Jack Prelutsky lives in Washington State.

Garth Williams began his work on the pictures for the Little House books by meeting Laura Ingalls Wilder at her home in Missouri, and then he traveled to the sites of all the little houses. His charming art caused Laura to remark that she and her family "live again in these illustrations."

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Ride a purple pelican,
ride a silver stork,
ride them from Seattle
to the city of New York,
soar above the buildings,
bobble like a cork,
ride a purple pelican,
ride a silver stork.
Ride a Purple Pelican. Copyright © by Jack Prelutsky. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Posted June 1, 2011

    I Love This Book

    I enjoyed reading this poetry book. It is very funny and it has full pages of colorfull pictures that shows the silliness of the poems. I learned with this book of poems about the rhyming words and I really would like to read more books by Jack Prelutsky. Poems are great !!! Highly recommended !!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2010

    As a child, my daughter loved this book...now I read it to her daughter.

    Not quite two, but loves this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2009

    Ride a Purple Pelican

    This was one of my daughter's favorite books when she was a young girl. The poems are clever and cute and the illustrations are colorful and beautiful. I always give this book as a gift for baby showers and birthdays for toddlers. Unfortunately, it is not usually stocked in the stores so you have to order it online or at the store so plan on that if you want to purchase this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2001

    i remember...

    when i was kid my mom used to read me this book it was by far one of my very favorite. i remember the illustrations were so amazing that one page where there two robin(birds) eating a peach on a boat; before we could start reading that page i would run down stairs and grab an apple for the two of us. its a book you must have.

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