Child's Anthology of Poetry

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This tenth-anniversary reissue of a timeless collection celebrates the joys of poetry for children of all ages. Bringing together essential classic children's poems with the best of modern and contemporary international poetry, A Child's Anthology of Poetry is an indispensable introduction to literature and life for the young reader.

The simple pleasures of reading and listening to poetry are unforgettable memories of childhood, and, for young minds, poetry is the gateway to an ...

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Overview

This tenth-anniversary reissue of a timeless collection celebrates the joys of poetry for children of all ages. Bringing together essential classic children's poems with the best of modern and contemporary international poetry, A Child's Anthology of Poetry is an indispensable introduction to literature and life for the young reader.

The simple pleasures of reading and listening to poetry are unforgettable memories of childhood, and, for young minds, poetry is the gateway to an interest in language and storytelling. From Robert Frost to Maya Angelou, Shel Silverstein to Emily Dickinson, this collection emphasizes the fun and diversity of poetry, providing readers with a well-rounded, inclusive selection of poets. With the guidance of a special advisory board of esteemed poets—Deborah Digges, Gerald Early, Louise Glück, Jorie Graham, Edward Hirsch, Garrett Hongo, Maxine Kumin, Cynthia MacDonald, William Matthews, Thylias Moss, Ishmael Reed, Sarah Rosenstock, and Mark Strand—the editors have fashioned a delightful volume that encourages parents not to underestimate their children's ability to appreciate the music of the written word. It is a volume that will be treasured by generations of readers.

Featuring artwork by Tom Pohrt, the well-known illustrator of Crow and Weasel, and including favorite poems such as William Blake's "The Tyger" and Lewis Carroll's "Jabberwocky," in addition to more-recent classics such as Elizabeth Bishop's "Sestina" and Theodore Roethke's "My Papa's Waltz," A Child's Anthology of Poetry is full of surprises and lyric charm.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The Ecco Press releases its first children's title with A Child's Anthology of Poetry, edited by Elizabeth Hauge Sword with Victoria McCarthy, illus. by Tom Pohrt. From Keats to Li Po, Shel Silverstein to Czeslaw Milosz, this far-ranging collection of verse crosses geographical and cultural boundaries ($20, 336p, all ages ISBN 0-88001-378-8 Oct.).
Hazel Rochman
nger for reading aloud. Adults will remember these poems, and their joy at finding them in a collection will be in their voices as they share the lines with children. The choices range widely, from nonsense verse to narrative and lyrical poetry. An occasional poem such as Keats' "Ode to a Grecian Urn" is beyond the grade-school audience, but everyone will find lots of old accessible favorite voices here from Blake, Dickinson, and Wordsworth to Frost, Lear, and Langston Hughes. A few new pieces have been slipped into the canon, including a poem each by Maya Angelou and Octavio Paz, but the focus is not on the contemporary. This is an anthology to read aloud across generations.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780880013789
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/28/1997
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 344
  • Sales rank: 260,234
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.11 (d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Hauge Sword was raised in New York City. A graduate of Dartmouth College, she previously worked for ABC Sports and was a field producer for ABC Radio. She teaches elementary-school children and runs a computer consulting business. Sword lives in Princeton, New Jersey, with her husband and three children.

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Hiding

I'm hiding, I'm hiding,
And no one knows where;
For all they can see is my
toes and my hair.



And I just heard my father
Say to my mother-
"But, darling, he must be
Somewhere or other;



Have you looked in the inkwell?"
And Mother said, "Where?"
"In the InkWell?" said Father.But
I was not there.



Then "wait!" cried my mother-
"I think that I see
him under the carpet.
"But It was not me.



"Inside the mirror's
A pretty good place,"
Said father and looked, but saw
Only his face.



"We've hunted,"sighed Mother,
"As hard as we could
And I am so afraid that we've
Lost him for good."



Then I laughed out aloud
And I wiggled my toes
And Father said -- "Look, dear,
I wonder if those



Toes could be Benny's?
There are ten of them, see?"
And they Were so surprised to find
Out it was me!


--Dorothy Aldis
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  • Posted May 6, 2010

    A Must-Have for a Family Home Library

    After our second grade daughter brought this home from her school library, three times in a row, we purchased it for her for her birthday. She was thrilled! Our fifth grader was found reading it under her covers by flashlight
    This book is a great read-aloud for parents and children to share. The editor assumes that children enjoy poetry which is both literary and challenging. I was amazed at how much my young daughter could enjoy and interpret the poems in this book that I first met in high school and college. We had some great discussions.
    Forget some of the recent celebrity compilations. This book has it all: Blake, Yeats, Dickinson and Angelou, etc. etc. Parents will be amazed at how varied the selections are.
    This volume is also a great resource for homework assignments. There are many poems that a grade school, middle school or high student could memorize for a public speaking class or share with a literature class. Worth the price for a hardcover classic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2008

    This book is awesome

    This book is awesome. It has such a wide variety that is spectacular.

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