Up and down on the Merry-Go-Round


In this rhyming story, children describe the sights and sounds of riding on the merry-go-round.

In this rhyming story, children describe the sights and sounds of riding on the merry-go-round.

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In this rhyming story, children describe the sights and sounds of riding on the merry-go-round.

In this rhyming story, children describe the sights and sounds of riding on the merry-go-round.

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"Resplendent in dazzling full color, the merry-go-round whirls its delighted passengers to the rhyming cadence of the animals' up-and-down lilt."—Booklist

"A rollicking celebration of everyone's favorite ride."—Kirkus Reviews

"The combination of Martin and Archambault's masterfully written and highly readable verse and Rand's rich illustrations makes this a rhythmic, raucous read-aloud."—Publishers Weekly

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
One by one, the children choose from a plethora of handsome steeds: horses, zebras, ostriches, boars and bears, assembled in the ring of a merry-go-round. Rand's luscious watercolor technique adds to the momentum of the swirling merry-go-round, a dazzling array of vibrant colors. A diversity of phonetic sound, coupled with the staggered meter of the merry-go-round grinding to a halt, mirrors the feelings of ambivalence that children experience when such a wonderful ride is over. The combination of Martin and Archembeault's masterfully written and highly readable verse and Rand's characteristically rich illustrations makes this a rhythmic, raucous read-aloud. Ages 5-8. (June)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2 A little girl joins other multi-ethnic children on a merry-go-round, and they seemingly take turns narrating a rhythmic poem describing the thrill and joy of the ride. This is similar in structure and concept to Donald Crews' Carousel (Greenwillow, 1982), but here the multiple viewpoints tend to confuse, and the poem is not particularly distinctive or memorable. Splendidly decorated, brilliantly colored animals fill the pages: there are zebras, frogs, elephants, and gaily caparisoned horses bursting with energy. This book lacks the power of the trio's Knots on a Counting Rope (1987), and is also less successful than their Barn Dance (1986) or The Ghost - Eye Tree (1985; all Holt). Yet it is a representation for children of an adventure that once experienced is rarely forgotten. Leda Schubert, Vermont Dept . of Education, Montpelier
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805016383
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
  • Publication date: 3/15/1991
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 359,887
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD910L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.74 (w) x 7.96 (h) x 0.11 (d)

Meet the Author

Bill Martin, Jr. (1916-2004) was an elementary-school principal, teacher, writer, and poet. His more than 300 books, among them the bestselling classics Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?; Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?; Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See?; and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, are a testament to his ability to speak directly to children. Martin held a doctoral degree in early childhood education. Born in Kansas, he worked as an elementary-school principal in Chicago before moving to New York City, where he worked in publishing developing innovative reading programs for schools. After several years, he devoted himself full-time to writing his children’s books. He lived in New York until 1993, when he moved to Texas. He lived in the east Texas woods, near the town of Commerce, until he passed away in 2004.


John Archambault is a poet, journalist, and storyteller who has collaborated with Bill Martin Jr. and Ted Rand on several books, including Barn Dance! and Knots on a Counting Rope.


Ted Rand (1915-2005) was a prolific artist whose illustrations appeared in several magazines and newspapers, as well as in numerous books for children. He collaborated with both Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault on many books, including Here Are My Hands.

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