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And the Green Grass Grew All Around
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And the Green Grass Grew All Around by Alvin Schwartz

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Alvin Schwartz has complied a book of everyday poetry for the young and old at heart.  Youngesters will be delighted to add to their collection of songs and chants to do with their friends.  Those readers who are still young at heart, but wise in wisdom, will enjoy rereading their favorites from yester year. 
 
Schwartz's has included poems about people, nonsense, rain and shine, games, school and other things in his fifteen chapter collection.  It wil 'Tease and Taunt'
(Chap. 4) and make your imaginaiton 'Work' (Chap.7). 
 
At the end of the book, Schwartz has included notes about certain kinds of poetry found in his book, plus a list of sources  about how some of the poems started.
 
Pictures of elephants coming into a room one by one, two by two, and three by three to a teacher who looks like Frankenstein all drawn in realisitc black and white by Sue Truesdell.  She has used truelly poetic and funny pictures to compliment Schwartz's book.
 
This book of folk poetry with its songs, "On Top of Spaghetti"  to poems about funny  animals to it's riddles will delight anyone who reads it.  A must have for any poetry collection.  
 
Favorite Quotes:
 
"Liar, liar, pants on fire,
Tongue as long as a telephone wire." (p.34)
 
"Then I swapped my mouse and got me a mole,
But the dad-burned thing went right down its hole."  (p.147)
 
"Now I lay me down to sleep,
My hotrod parked across the street.
If it should roll before I wake,
I pray the Lord to use the brake."  (p.164 in Sources)
 
 
Schwartz, Alvin.  1992. And the Green Grass Grew All Around: Folk Poetry from Everyone.  Illus. Sue Truesdell.  USA: Harper Collins Publishers.  ISBN: 0060227583.