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Little Seal (2012): The Importance of Rhythm and Rhyme

Lauren Michelle Smith (trans.), Little Seal (Chronicle Books, 2012)

 

photo credit: me

Finger puppet: good. Translation: not so much.

I’d be much, much fonder of this book, which the kid is crazy about because of the plush finger puppet, if translator Smith had even, well, tried really, with that last page. The rest of it sets up a simple rhythm and rhyme scheme, and then you get to the last couplet and… what? No, seriously, what? The rhythm disappears, the rhyme scheme is gone, the entire thing just breaks down. According to the back of the book, there are at the time of its publication twenty-seven books in this series. I’m going to grab another one at some point to see if the others have the same problems. I hope not, because I’d like to grab some more of these. **

About Robert "Goat" Beveridge

Media critic (amateur, semi-pro, and for one brief shining moment in 2000 pro) since 1986. Guy behind noise/powerelectronics band XTerminal (after many small stints in jazz, rock, and metal bands). Known for being tactless but honest.

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