Twenty-two uninspired rhymes, ranging from the wan wistfulness of ""Rainbows"" to a feeble pun on watching the soaps. There...

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VACATION TIME: Poems for Children

Twenty-two uninspired rhymes, ranging from the wan wistfulness of ""Rainbows"" to a feeble pun on watching the soaps. There are a couple of so-so attempts at light humor (as in ""Jonathan Sitting in the Mud""), a passable crack at nonsense (""Prickled Pickles Don't Smile""), one apt, rueful comment on studying joy, and several trite images of sweet chidhood, with the words spaced out in a modern manner to disguise the staleness of the ideas. Without a sign of spoofing, Giovanni stoops to such artificial and outmoded constructions as ""Vacation time is nigh"" and ""The moonbeams call me so."" And despite a ""hooray for women's lib,"" there are several hints that the endorsement is only skin deep.

Pub Date: July 23, 1980

ISBN: 0061835404

Page Count: -

Publisher: Morrow

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 1980