Schoolyard Rhymes: Kids' Own Rhymes for Rope Skipping, Hand Clapping, Ball Bouncing, and Just Plain Fun

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Knopf, 2005 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 31 pages
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"Schoolyard rhymes are catchy and fun. They are easy to remember. In fact, they stick in the mind like bubble gum to a shoe." writes Judy Sierra in her introduction to this lively collection of traditional playground chants. Included are more than 50 verses ranging from the familiar jump rope rhyme about the mythical lady with the alligator purse to less familiar counting-out ones, from funny rhymes for ball-bouncing and hand-clapping games to "Liar, liar, pants on fire, nose as long as a telephone wire" and other choice insults of children. Melissa Sweet includes bright, colorful fabric swatches in her watercolor-and-pencil collages to perfectly capture the spirit of these funky, street-smart verses that children love to recite and chant.

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User Review  - alyssakimpisarski - LibraryThing

This book creatively re-imagines 46 well known playground rhymes. The rhymes include playground rhymes, hand play games, and nursery rhymes. The text of each appears in block format and reflect the ... Read full review

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User Review  - alizastein - LibraryThing

A collection of fifty “kids’ own rhymes for rope skipping, hand clapping, ball bouncing, and just plain fun.” Some rhymes are familiar, some have been passed down for multiple generations, some have ... Read full review

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About the author (2005)

Judy Sierra is the author of many award-winning books for children including the bestsellers "Antarctic Antics", illustrated by Jose Aruego and Ariane Dewey; "Wild About Books", illustrated by Marc Brown; and"The Secret Science Project that AlmostAte the School", illustrated by Stephen Gammell.Sierra holds a PhD in folklore and mythology from the University of California, Los Angeles. She has received the Children s Choice Award from the International Reading Association, two Aesop awards from the American Folklore Society, and the E.B. White Read Aloud Prize from the Association of Booksellers for Children. She lives with her husband in Eugene, Oregon. Visit her online at

Melissa Sweet is the Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator of many fine children s books including "Balloons Over Broadway", a Sibert winner, and "The Right Word" and "A River of Words", both Caldecott Honors. Reviewers have described her unique mixed-media illustrations as exuberant, outstanding, and a creative delight. Melissa lives on the beautiful coast of Maine, not far from E.B. White's famous barn and farm. In addition to writing and painting, she enjoys gardening, hiking, biking, and cross-country skiing. For more information about the author and her work, visit

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