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I Saw Esau: The Schoolchild's Pocket Book PDF Print E-mail

What You Need to Know:
I Saw Esau is a reissue of classic rhymes and riddles from Candlewick.
• Parents will enjoy sharing these familiar chants with their children.
• The vignettes are brilliantly illustrated by Maurice Sendak.
I Saw Esau would make a terrific gift.
• The small, almost bite-size rhymes are perfect for beginning readers.
Sweet Book Summary:
I Saw Esau is filled with chants that you may remember from your own childhood, and you may be introduced to others for the first time with your child. Either way, the rhymes and Sendak's fabulous illustrations ought to make you nostalgic for your own playground days. It will no doubt produce a bonding moment for you and your young reader.

This collection is a rollicking good time of a read. As author Iona Opie points out, these rhymes "...have more oomph and zoom; they pack a punch." The collection is not one that is necessarily read by a grandmother to her grandchild, rather these rhymes "...pass from one child to another without adult interference."

In addition to the enchanting and funny verses, Sendak’s illustrations and cartoons are a revelation. The author also points out, "In Maurice Sendak’s pictures, the child always wins." For the interested reader, there is a complete set of notes at the end of the book that is filled with interesting history and/or tidbits about each verse.

This type of book, a compilation of short verses, is good for the newly independent reader. It is easy to pick up and put down, therefore never overwhelming the novice. For that same reason, this makes a great read aloud for the very young. If your little one gets antsy, you can put it down easily until the next reading session.
Author: Iona & Peter Opie Illustrator: Maurice Sendak Published: 2012, 160 pages
Themes: Adventure, Poetry, Rhyming Language, Exquisite Illustrations, Imagination, Extraordinary Language
Sweet Discussion Questions:
• Which is your favorite verse?
• Have you ever heard of any of these rhymes before?
• Which ones are familiar to you and which are new?
• Can you make up your own chant? What would it be about?
• Which rhymes/chants do you enjoy more: the realistic ones or the comical ones? Why?
If You Liked This Book, Try:
Treasured Classics, Michael Hague
It's Raining Pigs & Noodles, Jack Prelutsky
This recommendation was written by: Melissa Y.
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