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Ride a Purple Pelican

4.33  ·  Rating Details  ·  138 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 64 pages
Published September 22nd 1997 by Greenwillow Books (first published 1986)
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Jun 24, 2015 Melanie rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
We really liked the location-themed poetry in this one. The illustrations were a bit odd or maybe outdated.
Nov 09, 2015 Leah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of my childhood favorites. I can't wait to share it with my son!
Kacie Fincher
Apr 14, 2013 Kacie Fincher rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s
This collection of very short stories is a great tool for teaching young children about rhyming. Each story takes the reader to a different place with a variety of wacky creatures. From Grandfather Gander to Cincinnati Patty, each tale is fun and promotes the imagination to wander. This would be a great book for the young grades. Children could really get involved in the read aloud. With so many rhyming words for each story, the children will have a great time guessing what words might come next ...more
Feb 03, 2009 Amy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
Ride a Purple Pelican is a book of children’s Rhymes. It has a whole assortment of different poems. I really enjoyed reading this book because I felt that the poems are all really fun and uplifting. I also really enjoyed the pictures that are in the book. They are big and take up the whole page. It really allows you to find yourself lost in the imaginary world of Jack Prelutsky.
Feb 14, 2013 Sarah rated it liked it
Although it looks a little dated, I like the beat in which the poems and rhymes consist of. The author does a good job of making it fun to read and finds great workds to rhyme. The author also went 'outside of the box' and made situations silly and unrealistic, but entertaining. I would most likely use this book for younger children or lower grades.
Jack Prelutsky's book is full of poems and great illustrations. This book as well as many others by Jack are great for teaching poetry and about how authors write. There are illustrations for each poem. Children can create their own poetry based on the silly poems in the book and draw pictures to go with them.
Nancy Jo Lambert
Apr 06, 2012 Nancy Jo Lambert rated it it was ok
Shelves: poetry
I am doing an author study slash poetry cafe and station exploration with the kids at my school for National Poetry month. This is one of the books I am using for this activity. I enjoy Jack Prelutsky's poems because they are easy to read and understand and also fun!
Kathy Roderer
Oct 10, 2009 Kathy Roderer rated it it was amazing
This is the perfect read aloud poetry book for very young children! Enjoyable, humorous, full-page illustrations beautifully complement the silliness of the poems. This book could also be useful with older children learning about rhyming words.
Kate Tobiczyk
Feb 10, 2008 Kate Tobiczyk rated it it was amazing
My favorite aunt gave this to me when I was a little girl and I would read it every night before bed. Just found it the other day and it brought back many memories. Forgot how good it was.
Jul 13, 2015 Jessica rated it it was amazing
My husband recently read this book to my five year old and I had forgotten how much I loved his poetry. So appropriate for children of all ages and fun!
Apr 20, 2016 Colton rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed, poetry
One of my childhood favorites! Lovely illustrations that straddle the line between cute and creepy. In a good way!
Mar 14, 2013 Prplpckl rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-with-anabel
A wonderful book of poems/rhymes to read aloud accompanied by fantastic pictures. A must have for reading aloud.
Jamie Hargreaves
Mar 06, 2008 Jamie Hargreaves rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone, esspecially for children.
Recommended to Jamie by: Grandma Gasik
This book was given to me as a little girl by my grandmother, and it was one of my favorite books as a little girl.
Oct 01, 2009 Mary rated it really liked it
Silly, silly rhymes for kids (and goofy adults). Similar to Shel Silverstein's poetry. Lots of fun! :)
molly s
Feb 03, 2010 molly s rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kid-lit
Favorite book of poems as a child.
May 21, 2007 Jessi rated it it was amazing
The potato poem is very sad.
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Jack Prelutsky is an American poet. He attended New York public schools, and later the High School of Music and Art and Hunter College. Prelutsky, who has also worked as a busboy, furniture mover, folk singer, and cab driver, claims that he hated poetry in grade school because of the way it was taught. He is the author of more than 30 poetry collections including Nightmares: Poems to Trouble Your ...more
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