Collected Poems for Childrenby Ted Hughes, Raymond Briggs (Illustrator)
This collection brings together the more than 250 children's poems Ted Hughes wrote throughout his career. They are arranged by volume, beginning with those published for younger readers and progressing to more complex and sophisticated poems that he felt were written "within hearing" of children. Throughout, Hughes reveals his instinctive grasp of a child's
This collection brings together the more than 250 children's poems Ted Hughes wrote throughout his career. They are arranged by volume, beginning with those published for younger readers and progressing to more complex and sophisticated poems that he felt were written "within hearing" of children. Throughout, Hughes reveals his instinctive grasp of a child's insatiable wonderment and sense of humor as well as his own instinctive and illuminating perspective on people and other creatures of the natural world.
With drawings that capture the wit, range, and richness of these poems, acclaimed illustrator Raymond Briggs helps make this a book any reader can return to again and again for amusement, inspiration, and reassurance.
Collected Poems for Children is a 2008 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
Hughes penned more than 250 poems expressly for children, which were previously published in The Mermaid's Purse, The Cat and the Cuckoo, Season Songs , and others. Now they are gathered together in one book beginning with the volumes most suited for elementary-age children and progressing in complexity. Some of Hughes's witty and irreverent verses require sophisticated and patient readers because he includes creative grammar when he wants them to rhyme ("Far undergrounded, Moon-miners dumbfounded") and uses mixed cadences within a single poem that confound reading aloud without practice. Words more commonly used in England, "your telly's there," and "pans spitting by sixes" may slow some American children; however, the sheer variety of poetic styles will please many others. Briggs's stellar ink, mostly realistic illustrations suffuse the sections for younger children, where animals and family are the subjects, and become sparer for longer narrative poems. Although the audience may be somewhat limited, this is an important addition to any large poetry collection.
Kirsten CutlerCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
- Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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- Edition description:
- First Edition
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- Product dimensions:
- 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)
- Age Range:
- 7 - 11 Years
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Collected Poems for Children
By Hughes, Ted
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Skunk's footfall plods padded
But like the thunder-crash
He makes the night woods nervous
And wears the lightning-flash –
From nose to tail a zigzag spark
As warning to us all
That thunderbolts are very like
The strokes he can let fall.
That cloudburst soak, that dazzling bang
Of stink he can let drop
Over you like a cloak of tar
Will bring you to a stop.
O Skunk! O King of Stinkards!
Only the Moon Knows
You are her prettiest, ugliest flower,
Her blackest, whitest rose!
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Meet the Author
TED HUGHES (1930–1998) published numerous volumes of poetry and prose for adults and children. He received the Guardian Award for Children's Fiction in 1985 and was appointed Poet Laureate of England in 1984. RAYMOND BRIGGS has produced some of the most cherished and admired picture books of our time, including The Bear, Father Christmas, and The Snowman. He lived in London, England.
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