Favorite Poems Old and New

Favorite Poems Old and New

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by Helen Ferris, Leonard Weisgard
     
 

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Over 700 classic and modern poems written by poets from William Shakespeare to J. R. R. Tolkien, Emily Dickinson to Langston Hughes, and covering a range of favorite topics—pets, playtime, family, nature, and nonsense—ensure that there’s a poem to please every child. A truly comprehensive collection that is the ideal way of introducing children to

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Over 700 classic and modern poems written by poets from William Shakespeare to J. R. R. Tolkien, Emily Dickinson to Langston Hughes, and covering a range of favorite topics—pets, playtime, family, nature, and nonsense—ensure that there’s a poem to please every child. A truly comprehensive collection that is the ideal way of introducing children to the joys of reading poetry.

Helen Ferris edited 17 books for young readers and was editor-in-chief of the Junior Literary Guild from 1929–1959.

Leonard Weisgard was one of the foremost illustrators in the children’s book field, with more than 200 books to his name.

Editorial Reviews

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“Among this abundance of funny poems, serious poems, story poems, poetic prose from the Bible, parents will find almost all those they want to share with their children. It makes a fat, generous, attractive book.”—Christian Science Monitor

“If your children don’t like poetry, expose them to this collection . . . and I defy them to resist its magic.”—Kirkus Reviews

Children's Literature - Ellen Welty
This collection of over 700 poems contains selections from Robert Louis Stevenson, William Shakespeare, and Langston Hughes, to name but a few. The chapter headings include those that will appeal to young readers as well as some that will appeal to older readers. From "It's Fun to Play" to "Sign of my Nation, Great and Strong" the selections include old favorites as well as newer poems that will become the favorites of future generations. Line drawings by Leonard Weisgard at the beginning of each chapter convey the feeling of the poems within. In the introduction, Ms. Ferris explains how she learned to love poetry as a child growing up in Nebraska and later in Wisconsin because her parents made sure that poetry was part of the family life. The selections reflect broad interests and geographic diversity and will enchant or inspire readers of all ages. There is an author index, a title index, and a first line index, all useful in a collection such as this one. Reviewer: Ellen Welty

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780385076968
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
02/28/2002
Pages:
640
Sales rank:
264,858
Product dimensions:
6.42(w) x 9.55(h) x 1.93(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

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Favorite Poems Old and New 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I picked up this book because my 2nd grader's class was studying poetry and I was the designated "mystery reader" for one session. The book more than satisfied my desire for a variety of poems that would whet the appetite of students who were just being introduced to the formal study of poetry. Most importantly, the book has been in constant use since then. It will clearly be treasured for years to come.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have had this book since I was a child, many years ago. My mother would read to my siblings and me with such wonderful emotions, antics and body language to emphasize all that she was reading. When my children were born I used the same book that I grew up with to read to them and they loved it! I would use the same antics that my mother used to embellish the poems or stories. When my grandchildren were born I purchased a new edition of the book and also read to them, enjoying the contents all over again, it was fun for them as well as me! I have since purchased it for every baby shower I have attended that includes 19 nieces and nephews and 21 great nieces and nephews. It should be a part of everyone's childhood.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has something for everyone, of all ages and backgrounds. As a young child my Mother would read poems to us out of this book by candlelight when the lights were out, and at other traditional times. The old copy of this book that was passed down over the years, was coverless and water damaged. We were very excited to find it at Barnes & Noble. Now that we have all grown up, all of us kids have our own copy of the book to read to our children. However, it still brings me joy to read those poems that I knew by heart as a child. My favorite ones are 'Little Orphan Annie' and 'The tale of Custard the Dragon', or 'Casey at the bat'. I highly recommend this book to anyone who reads to their children, or who simply loves poetry.
PatInAHat More than 1 year ago
I bought my first copy of this book when I was in college because I loved poetry. When my five children were small, I would sit on the floor in the hall at bedtime and read them poems from this book. I have since bought each of them copies and they read to my grandchildren. I bought this for a baby shower gift for a great niece who is expecting in October. It is a wonderful resources with poems both new and old, long and short, that will be remembered for a lifetime. Pat Gibson
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent collection of poems. I give this as a baby shower or new baby gift routinely. Nothing like get a baby's library off to a great start! There are poems babies and small children will enjoy, and of course, a wide variety for the whole family.
SueZee More than 1 year ago
I got a copy of this book from my mother in 1965. She read it to me and I to her. I read it to my daughter, who is now the mother of three. This copy is for her. She is also an elementary special education teacher, I hope she will find it useful in the classroom as well (if there is time between teaching "core subjects". Sadly I don't think poetry figures into standardized testing.). This book has a poem for every day of the year, plus some! Delightful.
babba25CR More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for my grandchildren because after checking the table of contents I found it included all the poems I loved as a child, as well as having a section of poems for adults (or older children which I'm sure includes favorites of mine.My daughter should enjoy it too, and the children when they are older.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I received this book as a Chritmas present from an aunt when I was 9 years old, I read it to my children years later, and and am now buying a new edition (ours was lost in a flood) for my first grandchild. Everyone invited to the baby shower has been asked to bring their favorite childhood book to create a "book basket" and this will be my contribution. This anthology is wide-ranging and wonderful, from short, silly poems to long, serious poems that can be cherished at any age.
Guest More than 1 year ago
what a great book to read to your children. Brought back memories of my own childhood when it was important to know and love literature. Many classic stories and poems in this book. Thank you Helen!