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R is for Rhyme: A Poetry Alphabet
Judy Young
Illustrated by Victor Juhasz
Poetry Picture Book
Ages 4 to 10
Sleeping Bear Press, 2006, 1-58536-240-9
  For many of us poetry and the rhymes in poems form some of our earliest book memories. Mother Goose, Robert Lewis Stevenson’s famous poems, “The Owl and the Pussycat,” and many others all give us rhymes that we remember well into adulthood. In this unique alphabet book readers will get to meet a whole new set of poems which show us the different faces and forms that poetry can take. Among others we meet a sonnet, a ballad, a haiku, a jingle, and a limerick. Then there are the parts of poems that give them their unique qualities; their rhyme, rhythms, their metaphors, narrative, quatrains, and free verse.
  For every word in this alphabet book the reader is given a poem to read, to enjoy and to explore. Each poem helps to illustrate the word that is being described so that the reader can actually see what iambic means, laugh at a limerick, and hear onomatopoeic words. The author includes an in depth description of each word explaining when certain forms are used, what effect they have, and what the history of the form is.
  This book certainly is one of the most creative poetry picture books that has been published because it not only gives us poems to read but it also helps us to better understand the whole wonderful world of poetry and to see that poetry can convey a feeling or an impression in an unforgettable way.

R is for Rhyme


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