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Title:
The grand old Duke of York
Author:
Roffey, Maureen.
Personal Author:
Edition:
Revised edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Whispering Coyote Press, 1993.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Summary:
The grand old Duke of York marches his men up and down and all around. In new verses, added to the original nursery rhyme, he gradually loses all his men and then finds them again.
General Note:
"A Treld Bicknell book"--P. facing t.p.
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.0 0.5 41669.
Added Author:
ISBN:
9781879085794
Format :
Book

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The grand old Duke of York marches his men up and down and all around. In new verses, added to the original nursery rhyme, he gradually loses all his men and then finds them again.


Author Notes

Maureen Roffey and Bernard Lodge are the authors of The Grand Old Duke of York. Bernard Lodge is a British designer best known for his work on the BBC television series Doctor Who.


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Booklist Review

Ages 3-7. This picture book of a familiar nursery rhyme, with added verses, is slightly different from the 1975 Bodley Head edition: the paper-collage artwork looks a little bigger, sharper, and brighter against the white backgrounds, and minor textual changes make the verse somewhat more accessible to American children. Fun for reading or singing aloud, this upbeat rhyme will make a pleasant change of pace for story hours. ~--Carolyn Phelan


Publisher's Weekly Review

A venerable eight-line nursery rhyme has long acclaimed the exploits of the feckless Duke of York and his army of 10,000 men: ``He marched them up to the top of the hill, / And he marched them down again.'' Here, 10 new verses continue the Duke's adventures as his silly soldiers scatter, then muster once again. Rhymes, rhythms and nonsense logic match and sometimes surpass the original. After the Duke's men get lost in a wood and are rerouted in a river crossing, for example, their numbers have drastically dwindled: ``The grand old Duke of York / Had only twenty men-- / Fifteen marching through a farm, / Were chased off by a hen.'' The artwork--precisely delineated collages--catches the verve in bold fields of color, dynamic compositions and a hint of mischief (when a row of smiling soldiers marches in unison, it's easy to overlook the final man, facing backward and scowling). Other clever strokes include the use of loosely woven burlap in creating the Duke's horse: cut separately, the hind and front legs are laid so that the grains in these sections run counter, with the effect of suggesting motion. A treat in every way, both playful and well thought out. Ages 4-7. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved