I SAW YOU IN THE BATHTUB AND OTHER FOLK RHYMES by Alvin Schwartz

I SAW YOU IN THE BATHTUB AND OTHER FOLK RHYMES

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KIRKUS REVIEW

More folklore from a favorite collection: Schwartz has captured several dozen taunts, parodies, jump-rope rhymes and finger-plays from the North American and British oral tradition (he admits to writing one verse himself). Some (""Ladybug, ladybug, fly away home"") have appeared in print, in one version or another, many times; but most (""Ooey gooey was a worm""; ""Call me this, call me that, call yourself a dirty rat!""), being less respectable--though often as familiar--may be harder to find. The author expertly selects verses that are mildly repulsive but never cross the line into bad taste; for a much larger collection with no such strictures, see the Pankakes' A Prairie Home Companion Folk SongBook Large type and easy-reader format--as well as Hoff's simple, literal cartoons--will attract plenty of young readers: both those few who haven't heard these rhymes and the many who have, who will be astonished and delighted to see them in a book.

Pub Date: March 1st, 1989
Page count: 64pp
Publisher: Harper & Row