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A Little Bitty Man and Other Poems for the Very Youngby Halfdan Wedel Rasmussen
Synopses & Reviews
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 Hawkess enchanting, light-filled illustrations bring the text to life, making this an essential addition to any childs library of modern classics.
"Delivered with a nursery rhyme lilt, this collection of poems from the late Rasmussen is characterized by a whimsical and gently irreverent perspective. 'You can pat my goldfish's hair/ for an apple/ that's polished just right,' offers the owner of a lion sleeping with one eye open. 'But if you want/ to pat my lion,/ just promise/ you'll pat it real light!' When a sheepish little cloud goes for a walk and can't hold it anymore, it 'Let it drip down on the road,/ knew that it was naughty,' as two children in rubber boots observe from the ground below. Hawkes's acrylic and charcoal illustrations — from the diminutive couple who live in 'Littlebittyland' to a 'strange old owl' perched at his writing desk — echo Rasmussen's joyful, quirky spirit. Ages 2 — 6. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Marilyn Nelson is an award-winning author and poet for adults and children. The recipient of two Newbery Honors, a Michael L. Printz Honor, and many other top accolades, she is also a former poet laureate of Connecticut. Marilyn Nelson lives in New York.
Pamela Espeland has authored, co-authored, or edited more than two hundred books on a variety of subjects. She lives in Minneapolis.
Halfdan Rasmussen is the late author of THE LADDER. He is highly respected in his native Denmark for both his childrens verse and his adult-oriented poems on social issues and human rights. Prior to his death in 2002, he granted Marilyn Nelson express permission to produce English versions of his works.
Kevin Hawkes is the illustrator of the New York Times best-selling Library Lion as well as many other award-winning books for children, including WESTLANDIA; SIDEWALK CIRCUS; HANDEL, WHO KNEW WHAT HE LIKED; and ME, ALL ALONE, AT THE END OF THE WORLD. Kevin Hawkes lives in Gorham, Maine.
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