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"If not for the cat,
And the scarcity of cheese,
I could be content."
So begins Prelutsky's examination
of animals. Each animal is described in haiku -- a form of poetry.
See if you can guess what each haiku describes. Then, maybe you can
write some of your own.
“The Gruesome Ghoul, the Grisly
Ghoul without the slightest noise Waits patiently outside the school to
feast on boys and girls…or The baby uggs are hatching out of their ugly
eggs, here come their ugly bodies, here come their ugly legs. You can guess
that these poems are by Jack Prelutsky. If not for the Cat is not
your typical Jack Prelutsky poetry. In this beautifully illustrated book,
he teams up with his neighbor, illustrator Ted Rand to produce a collection
of Haiku featuring an array of animals and insects, such as the shark and
ant. Readers are challenged to figure out the type of animal being
described in the three line poems. The poetry conveys meaning in
both sense and sound as in this poem. When I raise my tail, Expressing
my displeasure, Even wolves make tracks. (skunk) (Prepared
by: Alleene Holland, SCASL
Picture Book Awards)