Category Archives: Rhyme

Before Morning

Luscious verse invokes a snow day while illustrations show a pilot going to work in the wee hours, the snow clogging her commute and the flights at the airport are all cancelled. She flags down a snowplow driver, who brings … Continue reading

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A Bear’s Year

The gentle rhyming text of A Bear’s Year takes us from slumbering winter to newborn spring, summer foraging and autumn’s den. I love a book that takes us through all of the seasons in a year, and this one’s beautiful illustrations do … Continue reading

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Blue On Blue

Blue On Blue is a lyrical look at one day on a farm, from the bright sunny morning to the stormy afternoon and the clearing-up night. Dianne White‘s language is beautifully subtle and Beth Krommes‘ illustrations are vivid. When the … Continue reading

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The Crossover

I don’t think I’ve ever read a novel-in-verse with this sort of pace and feel to it. Usually novels-in-verse are on the quieter side, but this book changes the whole genre. There’s movement and depth. After reading it, I know exactly why Kwame … Continue reading

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The Pout-Pout Fish and What On Earth Is A Pout?

Here’s a pair of picture books: one fiction and one non-fiction, both about pouty fish. First, Deborah Diesen‘s The Pout-Pout Fish, illustrated by Dan Hanna, is a funny book about Mr.Fish’s penchant for spreading the dreary-wearies all over the place. “It’s just … Continue reading

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Have You Heard The Nesting Bird?

In rhyming text, we learn the bird calls of blue jays, cardinals, crows and more. The robin, however, stays quiet, sitting on her nest. Beautiful illustrations in a muted green and brown palette show which bird is which, a boost for … Continue reading

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A Day At The Lake

A Day At The Lake is all fun and excitement. There are no problems and worries, just a day swimming, exploring nature and watching the sun set, all delivered in snappy rhyme with loads of onomatopoeia:  flittery flee, ziggity jig, yodelly … Continue reading

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When No One Is Watching

Contrary to popular portrayal, not all interesting girls are sassy and loud. Eileen Spinelli’s character wrestles gorillas, tickles white sharks and dunks with a whoop, but only when no one is watching. There’s no need to feel sorry for this … Continue reading

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A Kiss Means I Love You

Beautifully clear photos illustrate feelings all kids experience. Written in simple, evocative rhyme by Kathryn Madeline Allen, A Kiss Means I Love You shows nonverbal communication via real children living in Chicago. Eric Futran‘s photography captures every nuance of expression making … Continue reading

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Rhyming Dust Bunnies

Ed, Ned and Ted rhyme all the time. But Bob? He’s the dust bunny who doesn’t follow suit. His words never rhyme, but they certainly are pertinent to the story.  Funny and colourful, Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan Thomas is a delight … Continue reading

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