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Reviewed by Bil Howard for Readers' Favorite
Small Folk Rhymes by Christine Larsen is a delightful collection of rhymes that not only stir a child’s imagination, but they teach them about different animals, foods, and even a pair of shoes. The first part is full of witty rhymes that introduce each of the animals that might be found on a farm and some of their characteristics. It is a wonderful way to teach children about farm animals. The second part stirs the imagination by asking silly questions all based around one single concept of what the child would do if certain animals were given to them as a gift. The third part is a short tale about the different ways to eat and enjoy carrots, rhyming all of the way along, of course. The book continues on with rhymes about elephants, puppies, shoes, and even echidnas, who aren't kidding. It is wrapped up with a sweet rhyme about dreaming.
All in all, Small Folk Rhymes is a very creative set of rhymes that help draw out a child's imagination. The graphic work is simple and effective and the rhymes are easily understood. Christine has an awesome talent for making things sound ridiculous yet funny and simple yet profound. To teach even the most basic concepts, there is often a struggle for the teacher to come up with a new and exciting way to capture the full attention of children. This book is able to do just that and go beyond the simple concepts to open up the doors of exploration. Anyone serious about encouraging children to read, should have a bookshelf full of her books.