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Jumping for joy

JonArno Lawson’s rollicking, romping circular poem will get young listeners moving

PICTURE BOOK

* Leap!

JonArno Lawson and Josée Bisaillon, ill.

Kids Can Press, Ages 3-7

IN THIS POETIC picture-book romp, an agitated, fidgety flea jumps directly into the path of a grasshopper, which sets off a comical, commotion-filled chain reaction, with each successive leap more dramatic than the one before.

The jostled grasshopper lands precariously on a blade of grass before springing onto the noggin of a rabbit. In short order, the bunny bounds, inciting a dog to plunge into a lake, which causes flip-flopping fish “to knock off a bullfrog’s / lily-pad crown.” The churlish amphibian winds up in front of a “high-strung horse, / standing to drink / after running her course” and sends the startled filly galloping. Waiting by the fence, with ears cocked for more adventure, the dog sets chase again. When the pooped pooch takes a breather, the flea that started all of the hullaballoo seizes the opportunity to hitch a ride. In a satisfying finale to this exuberant game of tag, both dog and flea hunker down in a mossy knoll and fall asleep.

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