100 Great Poems for Boys

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Reading any great poem for the first time is always a thrilling discovery, even if it's only four lines long, and this collection brings together some of the best ever to read, memorize, or recite. Boys of all ages will enjoy reading poems catered specifically to them, whether it means discovering great heroes and dangerous animals, or simply laughing at pure nonsense and hilarious rhymes. The book is divided into seven sections: Animals, Fun to Read Aloud, Battlefields and Heroes, Things to Think About, ...

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Overview

Reading any great poem for the first time is always a thrilling discovery, even if it's only four lines long, and this collection brings together some of the best ever to read, memorize, or recite. Boys of all ages will enjoy reading poems catered specifically to them, whether it means discovering great heroes and dangerous animals, or simply laughing at pure nonsense and hilarious rhymes. The book is divided into seven sections: Animals, Fun to Read Aloud, Battlefields and Heroes, Things to Think About, Limericks, Tongue Twisters, Just for Laughs. 100 BEST POEMS FOR BOYS is a perfect introduction for those encountering poetry for the first time, but readers who grew up with poems will also cherish this treasury of classics.

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Publishers Weekly
This compilation of poems aimed at male readers provides an accessible footpath into the canon, with works from Emerson, Poe, Kipling, Dickinson, and Lear. Pockell provides insightful introductions to each topically organized section, which include "Battlefields and Heroes," the more open-ended "Things to Think About" (featuring Frost's perennial "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening"), and several humor-focused categories, such as limericks and tongue-twisters. A companion book, 100 Great Poems for Girls (available simultaneously), contains many of the same poems, while placing more emphasis on topics like "Nature" and "Imagination." All ages. (Apr.)
School Library Journal
Gr 4–8—There are indeed great poems in both of these collections. Each one contains a wide array of selections ranging from nursery rhymes to Shakespeare, Keats, and Tennyson. Girls is arranged under the subheads "Nature," "Imagination," and "Inspiration"; in Boys, the sections include "Battlefield and Heroes," "Things to Think About," and "Fun to Read Aloud." Both volumes have poems about animals, tongue twisters, and limericks. However, there's little in the way of context or introduction to help children find their way among the older, more obscure works. These anthologies are certainly serviceable and offer much for youngsters to explore, but they are in no way distinguished.—Marilyn Taniguchi, Beverly Hills Public Library, CA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446563826
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/4/2011
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 615,679
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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Les Pockell lives in Westchester County, New York.

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  • Posted April 17, 2011

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    Looking for a great Tongue Twister or Limerick for Boys? Check This Out!

    Reading any great poem for the first time is always a thrilling discovery or some hidden treasure discovered in the way words come together and create a picture in the mind, even if the poem is only fours lines long.

    In 100 Great Poems for Boys, editor Leslie Pockell, gathers together some of the best verses every written, memorized, or read aloud. You can carry this book wherever you go, and read by sunlight, moonlight or flashlight. Perfect for boys of all ages, it celebrates all kinds of poems includes such classics as:

    Animals:
    The Tyger by William Blake
    The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe

    Battlefields and Heroes:
    Paul Revere's Ride by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    Old Ironsides by Oliver Wendell Holmes

    Things to Think About:
    If by Rudyard Kipling
    The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

    Just for Laughs:
    Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll
    The Jumblies by Edward Lear

    I received this book compliments of Hachette Book Group and Grand Central Publishing for my honest review. This book is such a collection of some of the greatest literary poems and prose for young boys and men. Never have I found a book that has such a wide variety of different types that are geared to suit everyone. Here's an example of just one of the poems you will discover inside:

    Logical English ~ Anonymous

    I said, "This horse, sir, will you shoe?"
    And soon the horse was shod.
    I said, "This deed, sire, will you do?"
    And soon the deed was done.

    I said, "This stick, sir, will you break?"
    At once the stick he broke.
    I said, "This coat, sir, will you make?"
    And soon the coat he moke!

    I would highly recommend this to anyone who has a true love for poetry whether they are a boy or a girl of all ages. These are fun, whimsical and create such a fun time to read at bedtime or when you need a smile or laugh. These rate a 5 out of 5 stars for me and my family. There are tongue twisters and limericks as well as classic nursery rhymes to suit everyone.

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