Good Sports by Jack Prelutsky
Rhymes about Running, Jumping, Throwing, and More

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Exhilarating, all-new, kid-friendly rhymes capture the range of emotions, from winning to losing to the sheer joy of participating, that children experience as they discover the games of their choice. Jack Prelutsky, a virtuoso at making poetry fun for the elementary school crowd, includes in this inspired collection poems about baseball, soccer, football, skating, swimming, gymnastics, basketball, karate, and more. His signature lighthearted humor in verse that trips off the tongue is coupled here with the 2006 Caldecott Medal winner Chris Raschka's lickety-split, stylized (and stylish) watercolors. Every page is a blaze of color and motion. Whether Good Sports will create good sports remains to be seen, but it will prove to young boys (and girls) that reading poetry can be fun.

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About Jack Prelutsky

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Jack Prelutsky was the nation's first Children's Poet Laureate. He has filled more than fifty books of verse with his inventive wordplay, including the national bestsellers Scranimals and The New Kid on the Block. In a starred review, School Library Journal called Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant, also illustrated by Carin Berger, a "do-not-miss poetry pick." Jack Prelutsky lives in Washington State. You can visit him online at
Published March 2, 2011 by Dragonfly Books. 40 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Conversely, one pair of poems humorously contrasts the highs and lows of life on the field: a football player scores a touchdown and says, "I love football.

Jan 08 2007 | Read Full Review of Good Sports: Rhymes about Run...


The watercolor illustrations done by Chris Raschka are a plus to helping the reader feel the emotions expressed in the book.

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Kids will identify with the athletes, including star players and those who are just happy to be playing -- like the swimmer who swims "like a fish / That's been sick for a spell."

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