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UP AND DOWN ON THE MERRY-GO-ROUND by Ted  Rand

UP AND DOWN ON THE MERRY-GO-ROUND

By Bill Martin, Jr. (Author) , John Archambault (Author) , Ted Rand (Illustrator)

Pub Date: June 30th, 1988
ISBN: 0805016384
Publisher: Henry Holt

A rollicking celebration of everyone's favorite ride. Lilting verse ("A prancing pig,/a dancing bear,/an ostrich loping,/and a hopping hare,/gliding, striding,/everyone riding,/side by side,/giddy-up! giddy-up!/I'll ride the wind,/they'll never catch up") is accompanied by joyous watercolors of children astride a succession of marvelously varied steeds, whiffing across the page. Rand captures the range of emotion--apprehension, pride, cautious enthusiasm, sheer delight--plus the whiffing motion and the sensation of returning to humdrum earth. Dad eating our popcorn while he waits and the almost-lost ticket are realistic touches.