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Zoems for Zindergarten


by Loris Lesynski
illustrated by Loris Lesynski

Our Choice List, starred selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre

Celebrated word-whiz Loris Lesynski is back with a poetry collection for her youngest fans.

After hundreds of school visits, Loris knows that kindergarten kids have their own kind of wit. Too old for nursery rhymes and too young for irony, kindergarteners crave a playfulness that Zigzag zupplies by the zillions!

Bursting with zaniness, these poems focus on the pleasure of sound and the rhythm of language, and each contains an inherent invitation to join in. Catchy rhymes like “Anything’s a Drum Drum” and “TEE HEE HEE” prove that “knees can be a drum drum / both of them a fun drum” and encourage readers and listeners to “sing and shout / time to let the noises OUT.”

With rhymes about subjects as simple and familiar as school, food and even walking, Loris’s poems once again demonstrate how much fun poetry, and everyday life, can be!

Reviews:

“Hyperkinetic this collection may be, but there's method in Lesynski’s madness: Taken all together, this collection is a paean of praise to the myriad pleasures of Kindergarten.”
—The Globe & Mail


“The watercolor and pencil crayon illustrations are a perfect choice.”
—Quill & Quire


“The rollicking poems are full of energy and opportunities for participation . . . Many of the selections are appropriate for fingerplays and action rhymes for storytimes, or could be used to fill spare moments between lessons.”
—School Library Journal


“The fun is as much in the silliness and the sounds of the words as in any meaning . . . it will be great for reading aloud, even with the lap-sitting audience, and the cheerful watercolor, pencil, and gouache art, with a touch of cartoonlike humor, adds to the appeal.”
—Booklist


“A super combination for active kids.”
—St. Catharines Standard


“[An] exuberant little book bursting with rhyme.”
—Halifax Daily News


“[A] skilled and articulate poet . . . you will not be disappointed.”
—Brandon Sun


“The rhymes are full of the poet’s ever-present sense of fun and nonsense as well as infused with energy, sounds and the repetition that young children so enjoy. Loris Lesynski’s poems are always popular with young children and this collection of 22 poems will be no exception, providing an excellent introduction to the world of poetry.”
—Resource Links


“Filled with plenty of poems worth memorizing . . . Highly recommended.”
—Canadian Book Review Annual