Ode to Humpty Dumpty by Harriet Ziefert

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Did you ever wonder what happened after Humpty Dumpty’s “great fall”? Well, it seems that after the failure of the king’s horses and men, the grief-stricken king enlists the help of the community to try to piece the egghead back together. But the efforts of the doctor, baker, and tailor are all in vain. They cannot put Humpty together again. So Norma Jean Foote, the king’s trusty servant, picks up the pieces and sets off on a project that memorializes the fallen Humpty Dumpty and unites the grieving kingdom.

In this clever tribute to Humpty Dumpty, Ziefert blends the traditional rhyme with new characters and a witty, heartfelt ode for the town’s most treasured member.

About Harriet Ziefert

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Harriet Ziefert draws on a true story told to her by Santiago Cohen for the text of this Christmas tale. This is her first picture book collaboration with him, though they know each other from their many years in neighboring New Jersey towns. Seymour Chwast is well-known internationally for his graphic designs and illustrations. He has written and/or illustrated more than thirty books for children. His Houghton Mifflin collaborations with Harriet Ziefert include Traffic Jam, Moonride, and Ode to Humpty Dumpty. He lives with his wife in New York City.
Published April 23, 2001 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Dumpty willows."" The King's concluding ""ode"" unsuccessfully toys with the original verse (""Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall;/ Humpty Dumpty had a great fall./ We cried and cried and were heard to mutter,/ `Our wonderful Humpty lies in the gutter' "").

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