This collection of three long rhymes was originally published in 1938. The stories have big words and complex rhymes. The stories are “Locomotive,” “The Turnip,” and “The Birds’ Broadcast.” If the reader has ever wanted to rhyme bananas with pianos, they will be delighted. And how many in the family does it take to pull a juicy turnip out of the ground when it is ripe? In “The Birds’ Broadcast,” the birds try to outdo each other in song. It is quite a contest of chatterboxes. This book is old fashioned in illustration and in its demand for a large vocabulary. The rhymes are intense and will demand a quick and nimble reader. So if you want to jump back in time to read this classic collection, you will be rewarded.
|Julian Tuwim • Lewitt and Him, Illustrator
|Thames & Hudson
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