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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Take a Hike! Poems for Intermediate Readers (Grades 3-5) by Brett Fleishman is an adorable collection of 30 poems that will put a smile on the faces of young readers. The book opens with a delightful poem where a store is selling human parts and the day’s offer is if you buy one ear you get one free. Then there is the Tooth Fairy poem that will make you laugh in which the little girl pulls out all her teeth so that she will become rich. While some poems are funny, some will make children ponder, and some will teach them new things in a fun and interactive way. The winning poems at the end of the collection are encouraging and will make more children try their hand at writing poetry.
The poems are full of life and they have a lot of energy that makes the collection a heartwarming read. The illustrations add to the fun element in the author’s words and make the topic more entertaining. It is a good book for classroom poetry reading sessions because, apart from teaching children new things, it will encourage them to write their own poems. I like the wordplay in the poems and they are simple and easy to read and understand. There are poems with both puns and idioms, and poems with either of them. The author makes it easy for young readers to differentiate the puns from the idioms by marking them with a (P) and an (I) at the end of the poems. The puns and idioms make the poems even more fun and interesting.