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Ride a Purple Pelican
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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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
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.
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.
Jan 28, 2013 Nicole rated it it was amazing
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.
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!
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.
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 ...moreMore about Jack Prelutsky...