Karen Ray
July 26, 1991 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Surprises

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
genre
Kids and Family

We gave it an A-

The verses in Surprises don’t all zoom past the red line on the silly meter, but they’re just right for early readers. They’re divided into child-friendly subjects like “Body Parts,” “Good Night,” and “Boats, Trains, and Planes.” The wide range of authors — Christina Rossetti and Carl Sandburg as well as such contemporary poets as Jack Prelutsky — make these collections more surprising than most children’s anthologies; the large type and paperback format make them especially approachable and affordable. A-

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