Poetry speaks to children

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Children's Room j808.81/Poetry Checked In
Naperville, Ill. : Sourcebooks c2005.
Other Authors
Elise Paschen (-), Judith DuFour Love (illustrator), Wendy Rasmussen, 1952-, Paula Zinngrabe Wendland
Item Description
"Includes CD with poems read by the poets"--Cover.
Physical Description
viii, 104 p. : col. ill. ; 24 x 29 cm. + 1 compact disc (4 3/4 in.)
Includes index.
  • Publisher's Note
  • Introduction
  • The First Book
  • The Quarrel
  • Letter to Bee
  • Hurt No Living Thing
  • Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
  • Wolf
  • The Tiger Who Wore White Gloves
  • from "The Adventures of Isabel"
  • On a Flimmering Floom You Shall Ride
  • El Chicle
  • The Dentist and the Crocodile
  • Bear Song
  • Jabberwocky
  • Sneeze
  • Mrs. Mitchell's Underwear
  • Okay, Brown Girl, Okay
  • Vowel Owl (Roger)
  • Magic Words
  • The Unwritten
  • Crayons: A Rainbow Poem
  • Gas
  • Knitted Things
  • from Macbeth
  • Frodo's Song in Bree
  • Eagle Poem
  • The Negro Speaks of Rivers
  • I Rise, I Rise
  • Verses from "The Elephant's Child"
  • Alphabets, Part 1
  • John Smith and his Son, John Smith
  • About the Teeth of Sharks
  • Dinosaur Diets
  • My Sister Saw a Dinosaur
  • Joey
  • Rabbit
  • At Last
  • Epigram Engraved on the Collar of a Dog Which I Gave to His Royal Highness
  • Balloons
  • Hide and Seek
  • Every Time I Climb a Tree
  • The Reason I Like Chocolate
  • Trips
  • Mommies
  • Lineage
  • Snowmen
  • Good Luck Gold
  • The Secret Song
  • Why?
  • The Question
  • First Grade
  • Crying
  • Art Class
  • How to Paint a Donkey
  • Daddy Fell Into the Pond
  • Working with Mother
  • A Faery Song
  • The Unicorn
  • The Lion and the Lily
  • hist whist
  • The Ghost and Jenny Jemima
  • from "The Raven"
  • Sheep Party
  • Jamaican Song
  • Halfway Down
  • Count to Ten and We'll Be There
  • opposite poem 4
  • opposite poems 7 and 20
  • from "The Tale of Custard the Dragon"
  • Good Hot Dogs
  • Lies, All Lies
  • Which is the Best?
  • Casey at the Bat
  • The Testing Tree, Part 1
  • Skating in the Wind
  • A Poem for Jesse
  • To P.J.
  • Valentine
  • Summer
  • Winter
  • The Sun has a Tail
  • Knoxville, Tennessee
  • I Am Cherry Aliv
  • The Tyger
  • Conversation with a Mouse
  • On Turning Ten
  • How to Stay Up Late
  • Flashlight
  • Maturity
  • Wynken, Blynken, and Nod
  • Little
  • Two in Bed
  • Brother
  • The Land of Counterpane
  • from "The Bed Book"
  • The Coming of Teddy Bears
Review by Booklist Review

Gr. 3-5. Teachers will celebrate this wide-ranging collection of both classic and contemporary poetry, including selections from Robert Bly and Rainer Maria Rilke, who aren't often included in anthologies for youth. There's little organization, although similarly themed selections sometimes appear together (the witches' lines from Macbeth come just after Karla Kuskin's Knitted Things, also about a witch, for example). Almost every poem appears on a heavily illustrated page, and the literal, cheerful, color illustrations of animals and young children often overwhelm the imagery in the words. The pictures are handsome, but they seem aimed mostly at a picture-book audience. Many selections, such as Mary Ann Hoberman's Rabbit, are appropriate for picture-book readers, but a large proportion of the poems will be most enjoyed by older elementary students, who will be able to focus on the words and appreciate the magnificent selection. A CD containing audio tracks of the poems being read aloud, in many cases by the poets themselves, rounds out the package. --Gillian Engberg Copyright 2005 Booklist

From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

Poetry Speaks, the popular 2001 poetry-anthology-with-CD for adults, has inspired an offspring: Poetry Speaks to Children edited by Elise Paschen, illus. by Judy Love and others. The volume features 95 poems by 73 poets including W.B. Yeats, Richard Wilbur, Ogden Nash and Nikki Giovanni. The works of 52 of these poets are read on the accompanying CD, most in the authors' own voices (Robert Frost, Langston Hughes and Roald Dahl among them). This entertaining dip into many archival recordings will likely be a family treasure as well as a welcome classroom or library resource. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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Review by School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-8-A fine, basic collection. Approximately half of the 97 selections are read or performed on the accompanying CD. The book provides a mix of adult writers (Rita Dove, Seamus Heaney, and Billy Collins, among others) and those whose work is specifically for children, such as X. J. Kennedy and Mary Ann Hoberman. Topics include childhood, animals, nonsense poems, and humor (including C. K. Williams's "Gas," which dwells on the fact that "FARTING IS FORBIDDEN!"). The three illustrators have captured the different tones of the selections, from a comic portrait of the Jabberwock slayer wearing a colander and wielding a plunger and the wailing children in William Stafford's "First Grade," to the moving paintings of a girl with flowers echoing the natural images of James Berry's "Okay, Brown Girl, Okay." The CD gives children the opportunity to hear several of the poets, such as Robert Frost reading "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" and Langston Hughes reading "The Negro Speaks of Rivers." They hear a variety of accents and dialects-an Irish lilt, New England inflections, or James Berry's lilting Jamaican-British voice. Readers of Roald Dahl's books will enjoy hearing him read "The Dentist and the Crocodile," and fans of "The Lord of the Rings" books and movies will appreciate hearing Tolkien read "Frodo's Song in Bree." Joy Harjo frames her "Eagle Poem" with a haunting vocalization that echoes its serious tone.-Barbara Chatton, College of Education, University of Wyoming, Laramie (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Review by Horn Book Review

This illustrated book/CD compilation celebrates poetry in written and spoken form. Ninety-five poems by Robert Frost, Nikki Giovanni, X. J. Kennedy, Janet Wong, Langston Hughes, and others cover a range of periods and forms. Some illustrations lean toward the cutesy, but overall this is an appealing volume. Fifty-two poems are included on the CD, many of them read by the poets themselves. Ind. (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.

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Review by Kirkus Book Review

This is jolly and good, a fine thing in an anthology. It serves as an excellent introduction to a whole lot of poetry, from Shakespeare to Nikki Giovanni, from Kipling to Naomi Shihab Nye. The poems are short and long, rhymed and not, famous and little-known. Every single one of them is appealing. There's all of "Casey at the Bat" and "Wynken, Blynken, and Nod"; there are poems about farting and about underwear; there's Billy Collins's existential musing on turning ten and Maxine Kumin's poem about a sneeze. The accompanying CD is a wonder: Langston Hughes introducing his own "The Negro Speaks of Rivers" and Tolkien himself reading one of Frodo's songs. Joy Harjo near-chants her "Eagle Poem," and Poetry Alive! performs a few selections with a bit of musical accompaniment. The illustrations are earnest and cheerful, although they suffer a bit from being by several hands: There isn't one style or focus. Sure to please teachers, parents and children who might not yet know how much they need poetry, and how much they will love it. (Poetry. 7-12) Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

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