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. Volume XIV Number 12 . . . .February 8, 2008
Rhyme Stones is Skene's second book in this format: a fictional story told in rhyme followed by a nonfiction segment on the same subject. The broad range of subjects covered in this offering are: spelunking, bullying, witches, skin eruptions, creations with fabric, and depression. It is not completely clear what Skene is trying to accomplish with this presentation, but it is fun and interesting, and the poems were readable, albeit long. From time to time, the rhythm was awkward and other times not quite authentic, e.g. year and mirror.
It was hard to interest my resident eight-year-old in reading this book, but generally she is interested in stories that present some facts along with the story. For libraries with some extra money to spend, Rhyme Stones may be a worthwhile addition.
Recommended with reservations.
Ruth Scales McMahon is a professional children's librarian, storyteller, co-chair of the Rocky Mountain Children's Choice Book Award, and the mother of two elementary school aged children.
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