To rhyme or not to rhyme?
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Do you ever like to write your children’s stories in rhyme? I do, at least sometimes. It would be a small percentage of my stories that are in rhyme, but every once in a while I get an idea and the words I put to paper just happen to start rhyming. Then I have to keep it going. Anyone have preferences in their writing or reading in regards to rhyming?
I don't know about the group, but as far as I can tell, I'm still living and breathing.
And I say that rhyme is great--except when it isn't.
Rhyme is one of those things that immediately springs to mind for the masses when you say "kid's book" or "picture book." The Seuss influence, maybe. So I think it's often attempted out of some duty-bound sensibility, rather that because of aptitude. Like just about every other device that you see in children's lit, from repetition to "once upon a time", it can be flinch-inducing in the wrong hands. I wish I had examples for you, but those are the ones that get put back on the shelf and forgotten.
But there are so many great books that use simple rhyme to stunning effect. Sheep in a Jeep et al by Nancy E. Shaw ingeniously leverage Margot Apple's pictures to add maximum nuance and irony to simple two-word rhymes. Or I love the Beatrice Shenk de Regniers' version of Red Riding Hood ("retold in verse," it says... and it's illustrated by Edward Gorey, which is just icing on the cake). The rhyme gives it a charm and breeziness that allows for moments like when the woodman makes his gruesome rescue:
He took his knife
And he cut the wolf's belly.
Out jumped Red Riding Hood.
'Oh, it was smelly
in there,' she said.
I don't have much of an urge to rhyme, myself. Or not consistently. I'm a big fan of wordplay and poetic devices embedded (subtly or otherwise) in a text... if it comes out as rhyming, that's cool, but I haven't yet managed to maintain it.
If you can make it have rythim, ryhme, and make sense,go ahead and ryhyme away. I personally do not ryhyme since it never makes sense.
I think the reason it's used so much is because kids like it - especially before they can talk. My son went through a months long phase where he wouldn't listen to any book that didn't rhyme. To kids, rhymes are catchy, make it easier for them to remember the story, and sometimes add a level of silliness that they love.
So yes, I use rhyme quite a bit.
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