Brian P. Cleary
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  Rainbow Soup: Adventures in Poetry
written by Brian P. Cleary
illus. by Neal Layton
Millbrook Press / Lerner
  grades 3 through 6
  Also available from the publisher as a multi-user e-book
Rainbow Soup: Adventures in Poetry

Come romp with me amongst the words
Come play amongst the phrases

Swing and climb from pun to rhyme
And hop through versey mazes.

Swim through rivers thick with thought
Rejoice from head to toe-etry.

Beat your drums and shake your bums
And dance the dance of poetry.

From the author of the best-selling Words Are CATegorical™ series, this playful poetry collection includes limericks, puns, palindromes, and more. Short annotations explain the various forms and terms of poetry used.

Awards and Recognition

CBC Children's Choices
SSLI Book Award Honor Book


“Full of puns and silly jokes, Cleary here does for poetry what his Words Are Categorical™ series does for grammar … the verses are clever and comical, and youngsters who may be intimidated by poetry may well warm up to its playful presentation here.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Cleary knows just what topics to put into verse … ensuring giggles and guffaws along with his information about verse form and function.” (Booklist)

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