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A Little Bitty Man and Other Poems for the Very Young

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A Little Bitty Man and Other Poems for the Very Young
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From a team of luminaries comes this collection of truly delightful verse for the littlest listeners.

Translated from the original works of beloved Danish poet Halfdan Rasmussen, this delightful collection of poems for young children will enthrall little ones with captivating rhyme, rhythm, humor, and charm. Kevin Hawkes’s enchanting, light-filled illustrations bring the text to life, making this an essential addition to any child’s library of modern classics.

Baker & Taylor
Presents a collection of humorous poems and illustrations from the Danish poet.

Authors: Rasmussen, Halfdan Wedel, 1915-2002
Statement of Responsibility: Halfdan Rasmussen ; translated by Marilyn Nelson and Pamela Espeland ; illustrated by Kevin Hawkes
Title: A little bitty man and other poems for the very young
Publisher: Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 29 p. : col. ill. ; 29 cm.
Sold by: Candlewick Press
Subject Headings: Children's poetry, German Translations into English Rasmussen, Halfdan Wedel, 1915-2002 Translations into English
Topical Term: Children's poetry, German
Additional Contributors: Nelson, Marilyn 1946-
Espeland, Pamela 1951-
Hawkes, Kevin
LCCN: 2009007515
ISBN: 9780763623791
0763623792
Branch Call Number: J 831.91 R
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Apr 08, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

When you consider how little appreciation American children’s poets receive in their own country (there is no American Library Association award for poetry for kids) it’s little wonder that our understanding of international children’s poets is a bit lacking. And even when they are translated, many’s the time when those books have a herky jerky quality to their writing. In contrast, if you handed A Little Bitty Man to someone without explanation it’s highly unlikely that they’d realize they were even dealing with a translated text (urination poems aside). Great poems, lovely art, and an overall composition that feels “classic” in nature, this is a book worth seeking out, sharing, and treasuring. It has the ability to please not just the kids of the 21st century but the 20th and 22nd as well.

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Apr 08, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Thirteen poems of relative brevity are collected together. Ranging from the realistic to the fantastical, Rasmussen dares to spark young imaginations with this collection. In it you’ll encounter an elf with a singular method of retaining warmth in a chilly proboscis, a dolly with latrophobia, incontinent rainclouds, clever goats, literary fowl, and many more. Accompanied by the delicate, charming illustrations of Kevin Hawkes, this is one poetic introduction you’ll be happy to have made.

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Apr 08, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

“You can pat my dog for a dime / and my horse for an egg and a half. / You can pat my favorite aunt / if you give me your granddad’s mustache.”

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