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A Little Bitty Man and Other Poems for the Very Young

by Halfdan Rasmussen
Illustrated by Kevin Hawkes
Translated by Marilyn Nelson and Pamela Espeland from the Danish

Published by Candlewick Press, 2011
24 pages
ISBN: trade 978𢠩636-23791

Ages 3-6

Nails are to pound on / and hammers to pound with / Paths are to walk on / and friends are to walk with / ... Feet are to jump on, / drums are to thump on. / Tiptoes to snoop on, / and potties to poop on! ( from 揥hat Things Are For) Thirteen silly yet shrewd nonsense poems, reminiscent of Shel Silverstein but for a younger audience, comprise this collection of verse from the late, well-known Danish children抯 poet Halfdan Rasmussen. U.S. poet Marilyn Nelson and Pamela Espeland translated them into English, gifting young children here with pleasing word play and humor. Kevin Hawke lends just the right touch of whimsy to illustrations featuring delicate lines and soft bursts of color.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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