100 Great Poems for Girls

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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. Girls of all ages will enjoy reading poems catered specifically to them, whether it means envisioning adventures with princesses and witches, or laughing at the antics of mischievous little girls. The book is divided into eight sections: Nature, Imagination, Love & Friendship, Inspiration, Animals, Nursery Rhymes, ...

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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. Girls of all ages will enjoy reading poems catered specifically to them, whether it means envisioning adventures with princesses and witches, or laughing at the antics of mischievous little girls. The book is divided into eight sections: Nature, Imagination, Love & Friendship, Inspiration, Animals, Nursery Rhymes, Limericks & Tongue Twisters, and Fun & Nonsense. 100 GREAT POEMS FOR GIRLS 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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  • ISBN-13: 9780446563840
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/4/2011
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 478,599
  • Product dimensions: 5.28 (w) x 7.78 (h) x 0.58 (d)

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Celia Johnson lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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100 Great Poems for Girls


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Grand Central Publishing

ISBN: 9780446563840

NATURE

Even in the biggest cities, there are signs of nature: a bright flower peeks out of a crack in the sidewalk, a vine climbs up the side of a building, spring rains wash over dusty streets. The natural world is present wherever we are, and each season brings a host of new growth with different colors, shapes, and smells. Nature can evoke powerful emotions, which might be why it inspires so many poets. Through the lens of poetry, a garden can bloom or a rose might simply be just a rose, and you’ll see that the best way to learn about the stars is not in a classroom, but by looking up at the night sky.

A Girl’s Garden

Robert Frost

A neighbor of mine in the village

Likes to tell how one spring

When she was a girl on the farm, she did

A childlike thing.

One day she asked her father

To give her a garden plot

To plant and tend and reap herself,

And he said, “Why not?”

In casting about for a corner

He thought of an idle bit

Of walled-off ground where a shop had stood,

And he said, “Just it.”

And he said, “That ought to make you

An ideal one-girl farm,

And give you a chance to put some strength

On your slim-jim arm.”

It was not enough of a garden,

Her father said, to plough;

So she had to work it all by hand,

But she don’t mind now.

She wheeled the dung in the wheelbarrow

Along a stretch of road;

But she always ran away and left

Her not-nice load,

And hid from anyone passing.

And then she begged the seed.

She says she thinks she planted one

Of all things but weed.

A hill each of potatoes,

Radishes, lettuce, peas,

Tomatoes, beets, beans, pumpkins, corn,

And even fruit trees.

And yes, she has long mistrusted

That a cider apple tree

In bearing there to-day is hers,

Or at least may be.

Her crop was a miscellany

When all was said and done,

A little bit of everything,

A great deal of none.

Now when she sees in the village

How village things go,

Just when it seems to come in right,

She says, “I know!

It’s as when I was a farmer—”

Oh, never by way of advice!

And she never sins by telling the tale

To the same person twice.



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  • Posted April 16, 2011

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    Here's the perfect way to introduce the love of poetry and prose for girls!

    Reading poetry for the first time is always a thrilling discovery. Whether you choose to memorize, read, or recite it aloud, each poem in this collection will offer something new - a spark of imagination, a unique rhyme, a vivid description, or simply a reason to laugh. Perfect for girls of all ages, this book celebrates poems about:

    Nature with such beautiful works from William Wordsworth, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Robert Frost
    Imagination composed of works by Shakespeare, Yeats and Lord Tennyson
    Inspiration crafted by Emily Dickinson, Emily Bronte, and William Blake
    Fun and Nonsense literary verses by Shel Silverstein and Lewis Carroll

    Since my youngest daughter is experiencing the love of poetry and prose, we thought this would be a wonderful book to begin her journey with and we were not disappointed. To see such love for the written words of great masters of weaving words through their writing, she was enchanted from the first page.

    There are simple fun tongue twisters, limericks and even classic nursery rhymes to spin more fun into your child's literary world. Now they are all captured in one simple book dedicated to poems that girls will come to love and adore. Here's just a small sample:

    A flea and a fly flew up a flue.
    Said the flea, "Let us fly!"
    Said the fly, "Let us flee!"
    So they flew through a flaw in the flue.

    I received this charming and delightful book, 100 Great Poems for Girls by Celia Johnson compliments of Hachette Book Group and Grand Central Publishing for my honest review and can honesty say, was not disappointed. To see reading encouraged in my daughter is a wonderful gift and with confidence I can say this book rates 5 stars any day! This are suitable for ages 9-12 years of age or older. This book is available in paperback formats.

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