The Frogs wore Red Suspenders
Prelutsky, Jack. 2002. The
frogs wore red suspenders. Ill. by Petra Mathers.
Singapore: Greenwillow Books. ISBN: 0688167195.
Although this lighthearted collection of poetry written by Jack
Prelutsky covers many topics, the prevailing themes are animals,
people, and geography. The subject of many of the poems is
animals and people in funny situations, and Prelutsky also includes the
names of American cities in most of the poems. One example is Seven Snails and Seven Snakes (p.58) which tells of a swimming race
through the Great Lakes from Thunder Bay to Buffalo. In Winnie Appleton (p.14), Winnie
bounces a ball from Minneapolis to St. Paul. With a target
audience of ages five and above, Prelutsky uses simple vocabulary and
rhyming patterns to create jovial rhymes from one corner of the United
States to the other. Repetition is often used to create a
rhythmic beat, such as when the word peanut
is repeated seventeen times in the twelve line poem Peanut Peg and Peanut Pete
(p.19). Prelutsky's vivid imagination shines through as each poem
shows people and animals in more creative situations.
The text and illustration for each poem are given a two-page spread in
this collection, and vivid artwork by Petra Mathers fills the entire
space. Bright colors and detailed facial expressions enhance
Prelutsky's poetry. Subtle features await the careful observer,
such as the presidents turning their eyes downward to get a glimpse at
a visitor to Mount Rushmore (In the
Heart of South Dakota p.10) and the matching petticoats of
Granny Gooding and her dog (Granny
Gooding p.30). Prelutsky and Mathers create a winning team
whose work will delight young children.