“Prelutsky has invented a method he calls ‘poemstarts’ to help children get started in writing poetry. He provides several introductory lines of a simple poem and then offers some open-ended suggestions for its completion. In this thematically organized collection, Prelutsky offers ten poemstarts on different popular themes, complemented by three short poems on the same subject by different authors. . . . Though the volume’s intent is as a springboard to writing poetry, the thoughtful selections and So’s winning watercolors make this a successful poetry collection even without the writing prompts.”—Kirkus Reviews, Starred
“Especially useful in classrooms.”—Booklist
SUBMITTED 2005 - Parents' Choice Gold Award
Jack Prelutsky is America’s #1children’s poet with books such as The New Kid on the Block and If Not for the Cat, favorites of both kids and their teachers. His anthologies of poetry also reflect his deep understanding of what children like and feel. He lives in Mercer Island, Washington.
Meilo So has illustrated many award-winning picture books and collections of poetry, including Jack Prelutsky’s bestselling anthology The 20th-Century Children’s Poetry Treasury. She lives in the Shetland Islands, Scotland.