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If Not for the Cat by Jack Prelutsky
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Feb 07, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: 4th, 3rd, 5th, animals, picture-books, poetry

Beautiful illustrations, wonderful gems of poetry. I think young kids might have a hard time understanding the short-hand nature of haiku, but they'll be drawn in by the illustrations. Great choice for grades 3 - 6 exploring haiku. Prelutsky's a genius. Very different from much of his poetry.

"Boneless, translucent,
We undulate, undulate,

"Don't think about it --
Just leave the vicinity
If you hear my tail."

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