Academic journal article Language Arts

Stardines Swim High across the Sky and Other Poems

Academic journal article Language Arts

Stardines Swim High across the Sky and Other Poems

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Stardines Swim High across the Sky and Other Poems Written by Jack Prelutsky Illustrated by Carin Berger Greenwillow Books, 2012, 36 pp., ISBN 978-0-06-201464-1

For some time, Prelutsky has mixed animals imaginatively with vegetables, fruits, flowers, and other animals (Scranimals, 2002, Illus. P. Sís) and with inanimate objects (Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant, 2006, Illus. C. Berger). His newest fantastic animal collection is his second collaboration with Berger and includes humorous reference to Berger's "considerable field operations in preparing Mr. Prelutsky's specimens for exhibition and publication" (cover flap). The unique specimens range from "Stardines" that "swim high across the sky" and "twinkle" as "In silence, these nocturnal fish/Are set to grant the slightest wish" (p. 8) to "Fountain Lions, lithe and lean," who "Add gaiety to any scene" (p. 17).

Those object-animal mixes are interspersed with action-animal creations, such as "Plandas," who "sit around all day,/Planning what to do," but whose "plans amount to nothing,/For they never see them through" (p. 21). There are also "Bluffaloes," "bulky beasts" who "appear to be in charge," when in actuality they are "neither fierce nor tough" and "just run away/If you should call their bluff" (p. …

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