If Not for the Cat

By Prelutsky, Jack

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Haiku describe a variety of animals.

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ISBN
978-0-06059-677-4 978-0-06059-678-1
Publisher
Greenwillow


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on October 1, 2004

Gr 1-4 Each of the 17 haiku in this collection explores the essence of an animal, the words forming a sort of riddle answered in Rand's accompanying double-page illustration. The title poem, "If not for the cat/And the scarcity of cheese, /I could be content," features a mouse looking at ...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on November 1, 2004

On each of seventeen double-page spreads, a different animal describes itself in a haiku. Prelutsky's poems, which follow the traditional five-seven-five syllable structure, use words that convey meaning through both sense and sound. Alliteration in the beaver haiku ("I have no hatchet / And yet I fell a forest. / My teeth are my tools") sounds quick and methodical. The jellyfish poem ("Boneless, translucent, / We undulate, undulate, / Gelatinously") has an esp...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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