Eenie Meenie Manitoba
Playful Poems and Rollicking Rhymes.
Robert Heidbreder. Illustrated by Scot Ritchie.
Review by Deborah Mervold.
The Candy Store
I met Laura Secord.
She gave me a cow.
The cow didn't moo.
She gave me a shoe.
The shoe was too big.
She gave me a wig.
The wig was too long.
She gave me a song.
The song didn't sing.
She gave me a ring.
The ring wasn't handy.
She gave me a candy.
The candy was great.
I asked for eight.
She said, 'No more!
I'll open a store."
According to folklore, Laura Secord and her cow walked 30 km to warn the Canadian commander of a surprise American attack during the War of 1812.
Eenie Meenie Manitoba: Playful Poems and Rollicking Rhymes is a delightful collection of verse for all ages, and the book's decidedly Canadian flavour and humorous illustrations add to the interest and enjoyment of the read.
This is kindergarten and grade one teacher Robert Heidbreder's second volume of poetry, and his belief "that kids can have fun with poetry" is actively illustrated in this collection. Many of the poems are accompanied by a sidebar suggesting actions for the poems, like bouncing a ball, clapping hands, or skipping rope.
This collection would be a good addition to school and public libraries. Children and adults will enjoy the book on their own or to share with others. It is a delightful, original, and funny gathering of distinctly Canadian content.
Deborah Mervold is a teacher librarian in a grade 6 to 12 school, and a grade 12 English teacher at Shellbrook Composite High School
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