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Reviewed by Lois J Wickstrom for Readers' Favorite
Children who love poems will be fascinated with this teaching collection. How Many Lines in a Limerick?, written by Shobha Tharoor Srinivasan and illustrated by Jennifer Gibson, begins with a section of poems that teach many different types of poetry, not just limericks. This book introduces Sonnets, Diamante, Haiku, Acrostic, Nonet, Vilanelle, Couplet, and Triolet. The author introduces each type of poem by writing a poem in the style that explains the rules for the style. Then she follows it with an original poem on a unique subject. If you know a child who is fascinated by wordplay, this book will keep him or her busy writing poems of their own. The variety of forms and styles will keep children and their parents interested for hours. You could even have a poetry writing party with this book as a guide.
How Many Lines in a Limerick? by Shobha Tharoor Srinivasan will inspire children to become the poets of their generation. By writing her own poems, Shobha shows that original poetry can be fun. It can be about anything you find fascinating. It can show off your love of food, or animals, or clothing, or anything else, no matter how silly or how unusual. The pictures by Jennifer Gibson add a sense of humor to the pages. Poetry doesn’t have to be just words on a page. It can be pictures, too. Sometimes the words wrap around the pictures. Move over Seuss and Shakespeare. New poets are learning this craft.