Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Children instinctively love poetry, with its appealing mixture of rhythm and rhyme. And Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, with his suspenseful narrative verse, deceptively simple structure, and powerful images of 19th-century United States, makes an especially suitable subject for the critically acclaimed Poetry for Young People series. Brilliant, specially commissioned… See more details below

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Children instinctively love poetry, with its appealing mixture of rhythm and rhyme. And Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, with his suspenseful narrative verse, deceptively simple structure, and powerful images of 19th-century United States, makes an especially suitable subject for the critically acclaimed Poetry for Young People series. Brilliant, specially commissioned artwork brings to life all the atmosphere, drama, and emotion of his writing: the vital energy of "The Village Blacksmith," the urgency of "Paul Revere's Ride," and the sorrow of "The Wreck of the Hesperus." An opening essay tells of Longfellow's life: his childhood in Maine, his family history (the Longfellows played a major role in New England politics), his success as a professor of foreign languages, and his often-tragic personal life. More than just a biography, it reveals the inspiration for many of Longfellow's most popular works. Nearly 30 poems appear, most in their entirety, including "The Arrow and the Song," "The Rainy Day," "Woods in Winter," "The Forest Primeval" (from "Evangeline"), "Hiawatha's Childhood" (from "Song of Hiawatha"), "A Psalm of Life," and the abolitionist "The Witnesses." As always in this series, supplementary word definitions give children the knowledge they need to fully understand the poems. 48 pages (all in color), 8 1/2 X 10.

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Editorial Reviews

Sharon Flesher
Schoonmaker has made appropriate selections; while the adult reader may miss the full story, these shorter excerpts are not likely to tax the attention spans of the video games generation.... If this volume is indicative of the quality of the entire Poetry for Young People series, then the whole collection is worth owning.
ForeWord Magazine
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-Schoonmaker's careful selection and meticulous editing, and Wallace's luminous full-color paintings (some dramatic, some serene, and all in harmony with the verses featured) will make Longfellow's work more approachable to children. The poems range from lengthy works (e.g., "Hiawatha's Childhood") to ballads (e.g., "The Wreck of the Hesperus") and shorter pieces (e.g., "The Arrow and the Song"). Biographical information and some background on the selections are included. Unfamiliar terms are discreetly defined on the pages where they occur. A slim, attractive introduction to a classic American poet.-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY
Kirkus Reviews
Presented in picture book format, this unfocused collection of poems and extracts from this 19th-century poet gathers up a few chestnuts, but also (unintentionally and unjustly) suggests ample reason to avoid the rest of his oeuvre. Preceded by a dense introduction, the more accessible selections-"The Arrow and the Song," the ever-charming "Children's Hour," and the wonderfully lurid "Wreck of The Hesperus"-are scattered gems among such deadening material as "Woods In Winter" ("with solemn feet I tread the hill,/That overbrows the lonely vale"), "A Psalm Of Life," and "Hymn To The Night" ("Peace! Peace! Orestes-like I breathe this prayer!"). In addition, "Evangeline" is represented by a mere six lines, and even "Paul Revere's Ride" is incomplete. Painting in a realistic style, Wallace shows more facility depicting landscapes than people. Even though Longfellow's famous poems are readily available elsewhere, few readers-after plowing through this uninspired handful-will feel an urge to read more. (Poetry. 9-14) .

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780785812852
Publisher:
Book Sales, Inc.
Publication date:
04/28/2001
Series:
American Poetry Series
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
6.35(w) x 9.58(h) x 1.11(d)

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