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Jack Prelutsky: He's a Poet, Don't You Know It


Today's Snack: a pear - because it takes a PAIR of words to make a rhyme, and we're working with poetry today!




Jack Prelutsky is one of the funniest, most beloved children's poets around. He was named the Children's Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation ( in honor of his more than 40 books of verse that have sold more than a million copies and been translated into several languages.




Favorites include The New Kid on the Block, The Dragons Are Singing Tonight, and The Frogs Wore Red Suspenders.


Prelutsky was born in New York in 1940. He wanted to be an opera singer, a baseball player, a fighter pilot, or a cowboy. He never thought he'd be a poet, and in fact, he flunked several college classes in English, of all things!


He was working in a book and music store when he started sketching fantastic, colorful creatures in notebooks. He thought he might become an artist! A friend suggested that he write poems to go with his art work. But the publishers thought his poems were better than his art work. So suddenly, he became a poet!


Visit his humorous and playful website:



By Susan Darst Williams Online Learning 03 2008

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