Stardines Swim High Across the Sky

and Other Poems
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Author(s): Jack Prelutsky
Original Publish Date: Feb 26, 2013
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (0.20 hours)
Product Number: Z100041963
Released: Feb 26, 2013
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780062224552
Narrator/s: Jack Prelutsky
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
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Description

Beloved and bestselling poet Jack Prelutsky and New York Times Best Illustrated artist Carin Berger team up to create a new collection of silly, strange, and sensational animal poems! Told through couplets and visually arresting shadow boxes, dioramas, and cut-paper collage, Stardines Swim High Across the Sky evokes both natural history museums and wild and silly fantasy. "The zoology may be suspect, but the laughs are guaranteed."A??Publishers Weekly Sixteen extraordinary imagined creatures inhabit the pages of this unique, inspired, humorous picture book ideal for sharing together, and for reading again and again. Jack Prelutsky reinvents many familiar and beloved animals by combining inanimate objects with them (so, for example, a pair of pants and an anteater become a panteater). Carin Berger's illustrations are showstoppers. Her shadow boxes and dioramas utilize vintage type, ephemera, and such elements as ribbon, cards, buttons, and wood and bring the animals to life. Read it aloud, read it together: this is a catalog of effervescent silliness and will undoubtedly inspire young poets and artists alike. "The total effect is both whimsical and fascinating, with rich language in the poems and unexpected objects in the pictures to return to over and over again.'A??The Horn Book Supports the Common Core State Standards

Professional reviews

"Jack Prelutsky, our country's first Children's Poet Laureate, has conceived 16 different species of creatures such as stardines, magpipes, and jollyfish to delight a young audience. His clever wordplay and humor are ideal to capture even those unaccustomed to poetry. Prelutsky's spirited narration adds to the joy. Listeners will learn that plandas plan but never do anything; they just keep making plans. Subtle lessons emerge as tattlesnakes, described as nosy, mean, and annoying: "You don't mind your business, and we don't like your style." Most charming are the fountain lions, who are not predatory but must drink and drink to keep a fountain in the pink. Pronunciation is clear and conducive to vocabulary building, and the zestful presentation keeps listeners attentive. S.G.B. (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"

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