WELL DEFINED by Michael Salinger


Vocabulary in Rhyme
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Age Range: 10 & up
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Well Defined : Vocabulary in Rhyme

When prepping for the SATs, / it’s good to learn such words as these: /

transient and aggregate, / dilatory and berate.

Here, fifty-one “two-dollar” words / are amplified for student herds, / and Henderson’s amusing doodles / may help to fix them in kids’ noodles.

In free verse by this “teaching artist” / the first line’s oftentimes the smartest. / (This verbose poet in his smithy / lost his verse describing pithy.)

Erratic, florid, and capricious, / Salinger’s poems aim to teach us. / Too bad they lack the magic trick: / Mnemonically, they just don’t stick. (Nonfiction. 10 & up)

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-59078-615-4
Page count: 64pp
Publisher: Wordsong/Boyds Mills
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1st, 2009