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Beneath a Blue Umbrella

3.74  ·  Rating Details  ·  38 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
From the puppies in Philadelphia to the piglets in Wichita, west to the Great Salt Lake (where the big green frog lives), and south to the Mardi Gras celebrations - here are poems and pictures for everyone to love, "Ride a Purple Pelican" confirmed Jack Prelutsky and Garth Williams's place in the hearts (and on the tongues) of young Americans. And "Beneath a Blue Umbrella" ...more
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published April 27th 1990 by Greenwillow Books
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Judy Lindow
Jun 01, 2014 Judy Lindow rated it liked it
This book would be great for a kinder library. Although there were some poems I want to copy like: Underneath a Blue Umbrella, Jiggity, and Jennifer Juniper - much of the book seems dated (pub. 1990). One critic writes about an earlier JP book, that he is like a 'modern-day Mother Goose'. The truth is that Mother Goose doesn't engage kids past preschool much anymore. Times are a changin'. Even though Garth Williams illustrations evoke all sorts of nostalgia (remember the Little House Books, Char ...more
Sarah Harmon
Feb 01, 2016 Sarah Harmon rated it did not like it
This book has many different little stories. It's a good book to have if you are teaching a lesson on rhyming. The illustrations were fairly well drawn and they did portray what the author was talking about accurately. I do not think that I would have this book in my classroom. I do not like how it didn't have a plot what-so-ever. It was, in fact, interesting in that on every page you didn't know what was coming next, but other then that, I found it to be pretty boring.
I had this as a kid, so there's nostalgia there, and I'm glad to have found it. But as an adult, just reviewing these poems ... I don't get them and I don't think they're good. Somewhere there's a reference to "today's Mother Goose," and I feel like that pinpoints the issue. Mother Goose rhymes are not literary treasures. They're nostalgic treasures. So you take away the nostalgia and you have pointless, strange little poems. So that's what this is.
Shannon McGee
Apr 23, 2013 Shannon McGee rated it really liked it
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Jack Prelutsky is king of children’s poetry that rhymes. The poetry is nicely paired with Garth Williams illustrations of young kids, animals and whatever else is described.

The poetry is really adorable the rhyming of each poem just flows together as if the words were just meant to shine together.

The first couple of poems are cute and somewhere in the middle of the book they become less imaginative and exciting.

I think children will appreciate the poems and there rhymes. I prefer the poetry abo
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Jul 20, 2013 Leonard rated it really liked it
I'm reading some children's books by Jack Prelutsky and others. I find this poetry for children interesting and also beautiful.
Jan 25, 2010 Logan marked it as to-read
Why: A book that combines Prelutsky's humor with Garth William's charming art? How could I resist?
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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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