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Classic Poems to Read Aloud
     

Classic Poems to Read Aloud

by James Berry, James Mayhew (Illustrator)
 

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Poetry's allure -- it rhymes, rhythms, and rich imagery -- can best be appreciated when read aloud. And what a delightful way for children and adults to spend time together! This thematic collection of over 150 poems, which includes selections from Shakepeare, Tennyson, the Bible, from modern poets such as Robert Frost and Ted Hughes, and the works of Carribean,

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Poetry's allure -- it rhymes, rhythms, and rich imagery -- can best be appreciated when read aloud. And what a delightful way for children and adults to spend time together! This thematic collection of over 150 poems, which includes selections from Shakepeare, Tennyson, the Bible, from modern poets such as Robert Frost and Ted Hughes, and the works of Carribean, African and Native American Poets, has been compiled with an emphasis on choosing works particularly suited for reading aloud. With its stand-out dramatic color illustrations and its simple black and white line drawings, all of which echo the mood and meaning of the poetry, it is a terrific gift any family would cherish.

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Children's Literature - Rae Valabek
This anthology of classic poetry includes many favorites, such as The Daffodils by William Wordsworth, A Visit from Saint Nicholas by Clement Clarke Moore, I Have a Dream by Martin Luther King, and Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost. The poetry is organized by topics such as Beginnings, Celebrations, and Folks' Wise Talk, and Inspiration. An index of titles and first lines as well as an index of poets make this collection a good reference source. The line drawings by James Mayhew enhance the poetry.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-Berry has selected 138 poems that represent a wide variety of voices and organized them by subject. Poets range from Shakespeare to Wordsworth and from Anne Sexton to Shel Silverstein. He includes Native American poems as well as selections from Africa, India, and his native Jamaica. Some sections, such as those on animals (``Varied Bodies, Varied Means''), humor (``Lighthearted Happenings''), and love (``Faces of Love''), are typical of the arrangement of poetry collections. Other groupings, such as ``Not Havings, Longings, and Endings'' and ``Folks' Wise Talk and Inspiration,'' are more unusual. Small line drawings and 16 full-color paintings by various artists are interspersed throughout. A fine volume for read-aloud programs and where librarians are encouraging young people to savor the language of poetry.-Barbara Chatton, College of Education, University of Wyoming, Laramie
Hazel Rochman
Jamaican writer James Berry has gathered a lot of old, mainly British, favorites that still speak to kids--from Blake and Wordsworth to Lawrence and Lear--and has added some rich voices usually excluded from the "literary canon that emphasized only white people's experiences." The poems are loosely organized by theme, so Sitting Bull is side by side with Kipling and Shakespeare, and an African dirge from Lesotho is with "Morte d' Arthur." The glossy full-color paintings are intrusive (who needs an illustration with Hughes' wonderful poem "The Jaguar" ?), but the line drawings and spacious type will encourage kids to browse and stay and read aloud. Teachers and librarians will find this especially useful as a gathering of the old and the new.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781856979870
Publisher:
Kingfisher
Publication date:
04/28/1995
Series:
Classic Collections Series
Edition description:
1st American ed
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
7.27(w) x 9.17(h) x 1.07(d)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

JAMES MAYHEW is the author of many books for children, including the Katie series and The Knight Who Took All Day. He lives in England.

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