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 Stardines swim high across the sky and other poems
 Author: Prelutsky, Jack

 Illustrator: Berger, Carin

 Publisher:  Greenwillow Books
 Pub Year: 2012

 Dewey: 811
 Classification: Nonfiction
 Physical Description: [31] p., col. ill., 24 x 29 cm.

 BTSB No: 730751 ISBN: 9780062014641
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Mythical animals -- Fiction
 Children's poetry

Price: $20.71

A new collection of silly, strange, and sensational animal poems!

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 5.10
   Points: .5   Quiz: 163766

   Kirkus Reviews (02/15/13)
   School Library Journal (02/01/13)
   Booklist (12/01/12)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (05/13)
 The Hornbook (00/03/13)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 12/01/2012 In Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant (2006), Prelutsky and Berger combined forces to delight with uproarious poems about animals crossed with inanimate objects. Here they continue their zoological compendium, adding animals infused with personality traits (“SLOBSTERS are slovenly, / SLOBSTERS are crude. / SLOBSTERS love mashing / And smushing their food”; “PLANDAS sit around all day, / Planning what to do”). Prelutsky offers a wide variety of form and meter, and the poems consistently bounce with the rhythmic vitality and sparkling surprise we have come to expect from him. Each poem enjoys a two-page spread, illuminated in Berger’s three-dimensional dioramas built of carefully cut paper and found objects and decorated with pins and tags and other trappings of scientific specimen cases. Poet and artist clearly share a comic sensibility (witness the JOLLYFISH’s dentures), and their partnership bears symbiotic fruit. Adults will have great success sharing these poems with groups, but it won’t be long before kids are reading them to one another. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Prelutsky is poetry royalty, and teachers and librarians will be eager to share his latest. - Copyright 2012 Booklist.

School Library Journal - 02/01/2013 PreS-Gr 2—Prelutsky has created unusual creatures through odd pairings of usual things, and crossing stars and sardines is just one interesting idea he explores: "In giant schools, their brilliant lights/Illuminate the darkest nights." Sixteen short poems each focus on an animal with a surprise twist. "Slobsters" are a mess and "Plandas" think things out to a fault. Some selections, like "Jollyfish," focus on a creature's personality, while others, like "Gloose," deal more with physical traits or habits, like "Panteater." The singsong rhymes are clever, and the collage art, created by combining cut paper and found objects, brings the book to life. These creatures are entertaining by themselves but also could make terrific inspiration for children interested in coming up with their own imaginary animals.—Julie Roach, Cambridge Public Library, MA - Copyright 2013 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Bulletin for the Center... - 05/01/2013 Prelutsky’s portmanteau poetry (from Scranimals, BCCB 10/02, and Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant, BCCB 11/06) returns in sixteen new verses about unexpected combinations in the animal world. These mashups are often much more philosophical than before, as in the jollyfish (who “possess the gift/ of monumental glee”), slobsters (“Slobsters are slovenly/ Slobsters are crude”), and swapiti (“No sooner have they set up shop/ than swapiti begin to swap”), but more concrete hybrids appear as well, such as the fountain lion and the gloose (a blend of glue and goose, of course). The poems have the familiar variety of rhyming forms and precision of meter that makes them enjoyable to read aloud as well as alone, and the concepts continue to be amusing and imaginative. Design pushes toward center stage in this volume, with Berger’s elegant arrangements of collaged realia (described as “miniature dioramas”) resembling attractively displayed and sometimes framed museum exhibits while the accompanying text appears on yellowing slips of pinned paper. The intricate creations are fascinating-the magpipes are a combination of cutout old illustrations, including golden horns as the pipe drones, and curling slips of musical notation, all on tasteful forest felt. This will inspire artists as much as poets and readers (and readers-aloud), so consider allowing kids to respond artistically as well as verbally-and keep lots of paper scraps and glue at the ready. DS - Copyright 2013 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.

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