ZOO DOINGS: Animal Poems by Jack Prelutsky

ZOO DOINGS: Animal Poems

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If the title of Prelutsky's latest collection sounds familiar, so will the contents; for this is simply a reshuffling of animal rhymes that first appeared in There's a Gopher in the Garden (1967), Toucans Two (1970), and The Pack Rat's Day (1974). This time the format, though far less inviting, is geared to older children who wouldn't stoop to picture books, and probably a school-age audience can more fully appreciate such gems as the multilingual mynah bird (""a major not a minor bird""), the ""rubythroated Hummingbird"" who is ""hardly bigger than this WORD,"" and the "". . . willy willy wallaby/who bounds about so gracefully/with limitless agility."" With such other Prelutsky favorites as the cow who ""chooses to chew as she muses"" and ""Oysters are creatures without any features,"" it outclasses the competition at any level.

Pub Date: April 18th, 1983
Publisher: Greenwillow