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The Absentminded Fellow(RUSSIAN FOLKTALE)Samuel Marshak,Richard Pevear,Rosenthal


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The Absentminded Fellow(RUSSIAN FOLKTALE) NEW HC,1ST ED. The Absentminded Fellow (Hardcover) An Adaptation of "Vot Kakoi Rasseyannii".by Samuel Marshak, Richard Pevear, Marc Rosenthal (Illustrator). Reading level: Ages 4-8 Hardcover Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux (J); 1st ed edition (April 1, 1999) Language: English ISBN: 0374300135 Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 9.2 x 10.5 inches Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces. List Price: 16.00 Comments: Like new, large format HARDCOVER. No marks. No wear. FIRST EDITION (stated), 1999. Fine unclipped dust jacket, pictured above (has a tear on the top of the dj near spine and the corners are scuffed). Oz, April 20, 2001 Reviewer: This is the absolute masterpiece of Russian poetry for children. I was read this book since I was 1 year old. I was absolutely ecstatic to see one of my favorite book available in English. It is funny, entertaining and educational. What else can you ask from a book? If name of great Samuil Marshak does not tell you much, try it. It will after you finish reading. From School Library Journal: Kindergarten-Grade 4-This humorous story will leave readers chuckling. An absentminded fellow who lives on Portobello Road in London wakes up one morning, sticks his arms through the legs of his trousers, pushes his feet through his shirt sleeves, ties his shoe strings to one another, and dons an angora cat in place of a hat. In garbled nonsense language, he instructs a taxi driver to take him to the train station where, after attempting to purchase a ticket to Birmingham in a flower shop and caf?, he boards an abandoned train car. After falling asleep and waking three times in London instead of Birmingham, he concludes, "I was going to Birmingham,/But I came back instead!" As the man fumbles through his day, various characters call out in dialogue balloons, "Oh, that absentminded fellow from Portobello Road!" Listeners will naturally join in on the chant, making this an excellent participation story. The stylized, dapper artwork perfectly complements the bouncy, rhyming text. Rosenthal's illustrations and restrained color scheme recall the 1930s, and his characters would feel right at home in Popeye's world. Observant readers and listeners will discover subtle humorous touches throughout the book. Introduce this gleefully silly book to Edward Lear fans. From Kirkus Reviews: Translated from the Russian into rollicking verse, this droll character portrait will quickly have listeners chiming in on the chorus: Oh, that absentminded fellow from Portobello Road!'' Leaping into a shirt and thrusting his arms into his pant legs, the Absentminded Fellow dashes out into the London streets, frantically hails a cab (Driver, stake me to the drain! Striver, brake me to the strain!''), rushes through the train station and right into an abandoned car. Three days later, to his surprise, he's still in London. Rosenthal's rubbery, Katzenjammer-Kids-style illustrations, replete with plewds, briffits, and amused onlookers, add a suitably madcap air to this wild, zany ride. (Picture book. 6-8) Book Description: Come follow the antics of a remarkable bumbler, created seventy years ago by Samuel Marshak and still a celebrated character in Russian literature today. From the moment this cheerful but clumsy chap wakes up in the morning, there's no telling what muddle's in store. He can't tell his pants from his shirt or a cat from his hat, so imagine what happens when he tries to take a train from London to Birmingham . . . In their second picture book, translator Richard Pevear and artist Marc Rosenthal have faithfully adapted the original text to create a rollicking visual and verbal romp. Language Notes: Text: English (translation) Original Language: Russian Card catalog description: From the time he puts his pants on his arms until he tries to buy a train ticket at the flower shop, "that absentminded fellow from Portobello Road" bumbles from one muddle to the next. About the Author: Samuel Marshak SAMUEL MARSHAK wrote his best-known stories and poems during the twenties and thirties, and died in Moscow in 1964. Richard Pivear and Marc Rosenthal have been hailed by Time magazine for the "splendid silliness" of their first collaboration, First, Second by Daniil Kharms. Mr. Pevear lives in Paris, France, and Mr. Rosenthal, in Lenox, Massachusetts. These books are just right to put into the travel bag for a car trip, at the store, waiting in the doctor's office, or when visiting friends. They are the ideal solution for keeping your child busy and happy. Powered by eBay Turbo Lister The free listing tool. List your items fast and easy and manage your active items.

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