The Frogs Wore Red Suspenders

in Recommended Books

“…Peanut cookies, peanut cakes,
peanut butter, peanut shakes,
peanut ices, peanut pies,
peanut sauce, and peanut fries.”

Jack Prelutsky, the master of hilarious poetry for young children, has written yet another volume of poetry classics. Prelutsky’s poems about tiny bakers, elephants who sit in trees and sneeze, and peanut venders are full of wordplay. They are simple like Mother Goose and easy to chant. Add to that the charming illustrations from Petra Mathres, and parents have a favorite collection of rhymes for reading aloud.

I recommend every family own at least one volume of poetry.

The entire family will love this one. Your children will probably chant, “Read it again, read it again!”

Some suggestions for reading poetry aloud:

  • Find a place to snuggle with your child in your lap
  • Read slowly
  • Change your voice. Swing it up and down, loud and soft

Emphasize the rhythm.

  • P-a-u-s-e, especially at rhyming words
  • Pick a favorite verse, and march around the house, banging the beat with a kitchen pan and wooden spoon

“Expressive reading is reading that is remembered. And so it is with our own children. They’ll read with exactly the same expressive inflections as we do.”  –Mem Fox, Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever

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