" They went to sea in a sieve, they did " ; Rand's tumbling, green-faced jumblies romp through this rollicking classic, as their sieve survives storms and spins. When their feet get wet, they bail out and wrap their toes in pink paper, tied with a pin, to keep them dry. The pictures of the fanciful places they visit and their exotic finds provide a visual feast as satisfying as the lyrical nonsense of Lear's verse. While some may find that the movement of the stanzas is slowed by the lavish illustrations (one line or a couplet may support an entire spread, which alters, subtly, the flow of language), Rand is clearly delighted by the poem, and conveys his pleasure to readers. Ages 3-8. Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. Grade 1-4-- Rand's wonderful illustrations perfectly capture the whimsical nonsense of Lear's verse. His vivid double-page watercolors will enchant and amuse readers as they follow the Jumblies on their 20-year sail to the "Western Sea," the "Torrible Zone," and the "hills of the Chankly Bore." It is difficult to single out particular illustrations when each one is a visual delight, but the very silvery bees, the 40 bottles of ring-bo-ree, the spinning Jumblies, and the welcome-home scene are especially appealing. It is impossible to simply page through this book. It is a must-share with children. Unlike Rand's creatures, Owen Wood's Jumblies (Silver Burdett, 1986) are very human-looking aside from their green heads and blue hands, and his humorous illustrations are fascinatingly detailed, completely different in style from Rand's. Both versions deserve a place in poetry collections, but Wood's sometimes frightening drawings will appeal more to older readers and adults. Rand's friendly Jumblies will charm younger readers. --Barbara S. McGinn, Oak Hill Elementary School, Severna Park, Md .Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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