Reviews and Blog Posts: Rhyming Books

Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat, are you waking up?

by Bill Martin

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"Just a second, Mother, I'm a sleepy buttercup." Thus begins the typical morning around the home of a procrastinating and distracted kitty. Her clothes are on her blocks, she wants to chase a mouse, she's standing on her head. Hurry up, or you'll be late for school, Kitty! Children will...

Gulliver Snip

by Julia Kay

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The bathtub can be a great place for imaginary adventures. In this swashbuckling adventure story, Gulliver Snip imagines that his bathtub is a pirate ship. The rhyming text tells the tale of Gulliver's adventures while the illustrations show what Gulliver is imagining as well as what is really happening in...

Jack and Jill's treehouse

by Pamela Duncan Edwards

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Jack and Jill build a fantastic treehouse in this cumulative tale, similar to "This is the house that Jack built." With all the building being done by some ingenious kids, readers will get some great ideas to build their own treehouse. Henry Cole's illustrations are colorful, expressive and fun. This...

Monkey and me

by Emily Gravett

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"Monkey and me...we like to see...elephants!" Monkey and Me is a simple text about a little girl and her stuffed monkey. Each page features the same fun rhyme leading up to a different animal that the two are pretending to be. Children can try to guess the animal based on...

Someday when my cat can talk

by Caroline Evensen Lazo

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What would YOUR cat say if he could talk? Would he tell you all about his European adventures like the cat in this book? This cat has a secret life that involves having tea in England, playing in soccer games in Spain, attending the opera in Vienna, and more! Gives...

Hush, little dragon

by Boni Ashburn

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"Hush, little dragon, don't make a sound. Mama's gonna bring you a princess she found." This humorous take-off on the classic lullaby shows Mama Dragon bringing all kinds of medieval citizens to her baby, but they keep getting away. Knights, magicians, and a mean old queen all get away from...

Mary had a little lamp

by Jack Lechner

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Join Mary as she proves to everyone that a lamp can be just as much of a companion as a friend in this modern take on the famous nursery rhyme. Fun illustrations and a surprise ending will keep kids wondering where Mary will take her lamp next, or whether she'll...

Big Wolf and Little Wolf

by Sharon Phillips Denslow

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It's nighttime and Little Wolf asks Big Wolf to sing a song. Then Little Wolf sings one back to Big Wolf. The two wolves hear something. What could that something be? This book gives lots of opportunities to guess what happens next. The songs have great rhymes.

Baby Bear's books

by Jane Yolen

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When do you like to read books? Baby Bear likes to read them throughout the day from the time he gets up, through snack time, nap time, dinnertime and bedtime. This bouncy rhyming book is an ode to reading anytime and anywhere. Can you find bear, bee, and bunny in...

And to name but just a few : red, yellow, green, blue

by Laurie Rosenwald

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This is a book about the colors like you've never seen them before. "Ketchup on your fries...cherries in your pies...planet Mars in space...lipstick on your face." What color is that? With fun rhymes and bold collage illustrations, this is a really great book for talking about color and inspiring art.

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