Mr. Prelutsky was born in Brooklyn in 1940. He had a very active imagination and a wonderful singing voice. Jack was paid to sing at weddings when he was a boy. He was so good that the Choir Master of the New York’s Metropolitan Opera gave him singing lessons for free! (Collier, 1993)
Jack was a gifted child and he was also very active in school when he shouldn’t have been. This caused him a lot of difficulty. His ov er active mind made it hard for his mother and teachers to handle him. (Collier, 1993)
Jack attended the High School of Music and Art in New York City. While he was there he studied to be an opera singer and also studied to play piano. (Silvey, 1995)
Mr. Prelutsky was all set to be an opera singer, but luckily for us, he heard Luciano Pavarotti sing. Jack always wanted to be the best at what he did and he thought he’d never be as good as Signore Pavarotti, so he quit. (Collier, 1993)
Jack met Bob Dylan (he’s a very famous singer: ask your parents or grandparents!) and Shel Silverstein in a café in Greenwich Village and they became good friends. Bob Dylan thought Jack’s voice was wonderful, but Jack didn’t want to be a singer for the rest of his life. (Collier, 1993)
Use one of the following sites to find out some additional information about Mr. Prelutsky (two facts each please) and be prepared to present that information to the class. You may use one of the sites listed or find another using a search method we’ve practiced. If you are using a site you found on your own, you must check with me before continuing.
We will use this information to create a game for readers in the lower grades and to go along with our poems in the style of Mr. Prelutsky. See if you can find a book that hasn’t been listed above!