THE LIFE OF JACK SPRAT, HIS WIFE & HIS CAT by Paul Galdone

THE LIFE OF JACK SPRAT, HIS WIFE & HIS CAT

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Jack Sprat could eat no fat,/ His wife could eat no lean,/ And so between them both,/ They licked the platter clean has always had a ring of finality but the blurb claims--and Mr. Galdone evidently believes-- that children inquire "And then what happened?" What happens here ("from an 1820 chapbook") is not so much what happened thereafter as a rhyming chronicle of the Sprats' courtship, wedding; homecoming (wife Joan Wheeled in a barrow) and housekeeping--some of which is worth a titter (hops without malt makes "sober liquor," says little Jack Sprat), none of which is as adroit and satisfying as the famous verse. Presumably why it alone endured.
Pub Date: Aug. 26th, 1969
ISBN: 0370015347
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: McGraw-Hill
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1st, 1969




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