A Little Bitty Man

A Little Bitty Man

And Other Poems for the Very Young

Book - 2011
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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.
Publisher: Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2011.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780763623791
Branch Call Number: 831 RASMU
Characteristics: 29 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Apr 08, 2012

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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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Apr 08, 2012

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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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Apr 08, 2012

“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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