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If Not for the Cat

by Jack Prelutsky
Illustrated by Ted Rand

Published by Greenwillow / HarperCollins, 2004
40 pages
ISBN: 0-06-059677-5

Ages 4 - 10

In a rare departure from his well-loved humorous poetry, Jack Prelutsky presents a picture-book collection of haiku. Seventeen different animals speak in first-person poems giving clues to their identity. For example: “I have no hatchet / And yet I fell a forest. My teeth are tools” (Beaver). Each page spread offers just 17 simple syllables of information. Ted Rand’s lush paintings provide beautiful images of the animals described. And just in case the animal’s identity is still unclear, the answers are provided in the back of this beautiful volume. CCBC categories: Poetry.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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