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Scranimals by Jack Prelutsky
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Oct 12, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: poetry

I really like “Scranimals.” Prelutsky merges animal names with plants, vegetables, and other animals to create new words and essentially new animals (e.g. petrelephant and ostricheetah). I read this book to my students and they loved it. They thought the new animal names were hilarious.

Prelutsky uses rhyme that suits the meaning of the story. He does so in a way that is entertaining and interesting. For example he writes, “Oh beautiful RHINOCEROSE, so captivating, head to toes, so aromatic, toes to head, enchantress of the flower bed, your blossoms cheer us every morn, and we adore your tail and horn. You soothe the eyes, delight the nose, most glorious RHINOCEROSE.” The rhinocerose is a combination of a rhinoceros and a rose. Prelutsky does a terrific job describing the animal and using rhyme in a way that is both eloquent and fun.

My rating for this book is five stars. This is a must read for primary students. They will love it. The made up words reminded me of Dr. Seuss (one of my favorites). A well written and delightful book.

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October 12, 2011 – Shelved as: poetry

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Andrea This looks so cute, and it sounds like kids would love it!

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