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In Aunt Giraffe's Green Garden by Jack Prelutsky
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This collection of twenty-eight poems presents children with a taste of poetry within a picture book format. Each poem is a stanza or two long, with an appropriate sized font that leaves lots of page space for illustration with large enough text. Common motifs are geography and animals, with poems such as “In the Spring in Kansas City,” “In Toledo,” or “In Bemidji, Minnesota” interspersed with titles like “Seagull, Seagull, or “Little Bat, Little Bat.” These poems employ end rhyme to ensure flow, and are uncomplicated in content. The poems are best enjoyed a few at a time; reading this text cover to cover is not recommended. Mathers’ watercolors bring the poems to life, depicting a main action or idea from the text. The color palette varies by poem; the title poem makes bold use of warm red tones while a poem about a sleepy character uses subdued gradations of blue. The pictures and poems harmoniously create a respectable work of poetry for children. In Aunt Giraffe’s Green Garden has a place in any Prelutsky-centric collection or will work as an acceptable filler in any juvenile poetry collection. It is recommended for children ages five to eight.
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