THE COVERED BRIDGE HOUSE by Kaye Starbird

THE COVERED BRIDGE HOUSE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Predictable rhymes and rhythms and an old-fashioned, very mild sort of humor characterize the light verse collected here. The title poem is a pleasant daydream about living in a covered bridge house, and there are some everyday observations about bird migration, a climbing ant, or clocks stopped in a blizzard--but only the brisk ""That Morning in June"" breaks the monotonous singsong pace of the collection. Many of the selections are ditties about the salient characteristics of named individuals, mostly kids. Ruth who broke a tooth insists on the truth--and thus objects to the dentist's saying ""our tooth"" instead of ""your tooth""; pesky Beverly plagues her roommate at Camp Blue Sky; Heather has lots of luxuries but no friends; Loring is a walking encyclopedia (but one thing even he doesn't know is why he goes on storing up information); Eddie is never ready--and so gets left behind; Miss Casper has (by the punch line) a two-cow garage; and so it goes, unobjectionably but without much snap.

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1979
Publisher: Four Winds