Telephone by K. Chukovsky

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The telephone begins to ring and ring and ring! From doves wanting gloves to baboons needing spoons, animal after animal calls, until the harried, hapless hero of this classic Russian nonsense poem is at his wits' end. Full color.
 

About K. Chukovsky

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Jamey Gambrell has been translating Tatyana Tolstaya's fiction and nonfiction since 1990 Vladimir Radunsky has illustrated many books for children, including Bill Martin's The Maestro Plays. He lives in Italy with his wife and two daughters.
 
Published January 1, 1977 by Delacorte Press/S. Lawrence. 32 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Chukovsky's celebrated nonsense-verse tale has been pictured and repictured for 50 years in the Soviet Union, and Blair Lent (remember Baba Yaga) knows the terrain.

Sep 01 1977 | Read Full Review of Telephone

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if you can read it: ""A nidavno dye gazeli/ Pazvanili ee zapeli:/ -- Neuzheli/ Vsamom dyele/ Vsyeh sgareli/ Karooseli?"" The start of the sequence of phone calls from animals, one more bizarre and affectionately fooling than the next, is unwieldy as rendered here: ""Ding-a-ling-ling!/ There goes ...

May 21 1971 | Read Full Review of Telephone

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The not-to-be-missed endpapers replicate pages from a phone book that lists first names such as ``Smokey,'' ``Teddy,'' and ``Yogi'' under the last name ``Bear.'' Overall, a successful translation from east to west that proves the universal appeal of silliness.

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In this arrestingly illustrated nonsense piece adapted from the Russian, a wispy-haired man answers unusual phone calls from a series of animals.

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