Little Bitty Man and Other Poems for the Very Young

by Halfdan Rasmussen and Kevin Hawkes

“ Nails are to pound on / and hammers to pound with / Paths are to walk on... read more

“ Nails are to pound on / and hammers to pound with / Paths are to walk on / and friends are to walk with / ... Feet are to jump on, / drums are to thump on. / Tiptoes to snoop on, / and potties to poop on!” ( from “What Things Are For”) Thirteen silly yet shrewd nonsense poems, reminiscent of Shel Silverstein but for a younger audience, comprise this collection of verse from the late, well-known Danish children’s poet Halfdan Rasmussen. U.S. poet Marilyn Nelson and Pamela Espeland translated them into English, gifting young children here with pleasing word play and humor. Kevin Hawke lends just the right touch of whimsy to illustrations featuring delicate lines and soft bursts of color. (Ages 3–6)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2012

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