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Fitzgerald, Judith.

Illustrated by Maureen Paxton. Windsor (Ont.), Black Moss Press, c1985. unpaged, paper, $5.95. ISBN 0-88753-138-5.

Pre-School-Grade 2
Reviewed by Maryleah Otto

Volume 14 Number 1
1986 January

Young children who have ever tried to make up rhymes may enjoy seeing in print something they could easily have written themselves. The text, which is all in verse, is a first-person story about a little girl who decides to write a poem because it is too hot to do anything else. Example;

I was walking down the street,
I was on my way fo play,
It was a hot
a very hot
a really hot day.

She considers writing about a cat, a zoo, a shoe, a horse, etc., but when she wants to end a line with "orange," she finds there is no rhyme for it. Her parents, teacher, and friends suggest she use "orange" in the middle of a line and thus avoid having to rhyme it, but she coins a new word, "gorange,"and thus completes her poem. A "gorange" turns out to be a bearded orange monster with six heads. The book ends

I took my gorange to the swimming pool,
I took my gorange with me to school,
I took my gorange when I went home.
And I put my gorange into this poem.

Maureen Paxton's illustrations reflect the fantasy and whimsy of the text, but her human faces are unattractive. The book could be used for creative writing in the early grades, but its general appeal will probably be limited.

Maryleah Otto, Etobicoke P.L . Etobicoke, Ont.
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