Here's a Little Poem: A Very First Book of Poetry

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This exuberant celebration of poetry is an essential book for every young one’s library and a gorgeous gift to be both shared and treasured.

Sit back and savor a superb collection of more than sixty poems by a wide range of talented writers, from Margaret Wise Brown to Gertrude Stein, Langston Hughes to A. A. Milne. Greeting the morning, enjoying the adventures of the day, cuddling up to a cozy bedtime — these are poems that highlight the moments of a toddler’s world from dawn ...

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Overview

This exuberant celebration of poetry is an essential book for every young one’s library and a gorgeous gift to be both shared and treasured.

Sit back and savor a superb collection of more than sixty poems by a wide range of talented writers, from Margaret Wise Brown to Gertrude Stein, Langston Hughes to A. A. Milne. Greeting the morning, enjoying the adventures of the day, cuddling up to a cozy bedtime — these are poems that highlight the moments of a toddler’s world from dawn to dusk. Carefully gathered by Jane Yolen and Andrew Fusek Peters and delightfully illustrated by Polly Dunbar, HERE'S A LITTLE POEM offers a comprehensive introduction to some remarkable poets, even as it captures a very young child’s intense delight in the experiences and rituals of every new day.

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Here are, actually, 61 little poems, which together provide a high-spirited, engaging introduction to poetry. Gleaned from various countries and representing a refreshing array of voices, the poems fall into four categories of high interest to youngsters: "Me, Myself, and I," "Who Lives in My House?," "I Go Outside" and "Time for Bed." The selections include waggish nonsense verse, rambunctious action rhymes, quieter passages, and snippets of everyday life. Margaret Mahy's "My Sister" typifies the collection's airiness and spunk: "My sister's remarkably light,/ She can float to a fabulous height./ It's a troublesome thing,/ But we tie her with string,/ And we use her instead of a kite." Other contributors include the volume's two anthologists, plus Langston Hughes, Margaret Wise Brown, Eve Merriam, Jack Prelutsky, Charlotte Pomerantz and Lilian Moore. Dunbar's signature cheery, mixed-media art injects new energy into even the most familiar poems; her interpretation of A.A. Milne's "Halfway Down," for instance, portrays a girl on a staircase that seems to spiral up to heaven, while the girl on "The Swing" by Robert Louis Stevenson looks suspended from the clouds, over a collage countryside of textured cloth patterns. This elegant, oversize treasury features children as endearing as the verse they illustrate—well, except perhaps for "The No-No Bird" perched in "the Tantrum Tree," a boy with wings aflame and mouth open in a scream. There's something for everyone here. Ages 6 mos.-5 yrs. (Mar.)

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Children's Literature - Keri Collins
Favorite pets and hated foods. Babies, brothers, sisters, mothers. The sheer delight of exploring the world. Take every beloved childhood experience, throw in a tantrum and some bedtime talk, and set them against a backdrop of rhyme, rhythm, and color. The result is a dazzling new collection of poems for the very young. Organized into four themes (Me, Myself, and I; Who Lives in My House?; I Go Outside; and Time for Bed) this engaging anthology introduces the magic of word play through familiar people, events, and experiences. Renowned poets Jane Yolen and Andrew Fusek Peters collaborated in the selection and arrangement of the poems, balancing classics by such noted writers as Langston Hughes, A. A. Milne, and Margaret Wise Brown with newer works by favorite authors including Rosemary Wells and Children's Poet Laureate Jack Prelutsky. Polly Dunbar created lively illustrations for each poetic gem, and creative use of color in the design of the text and lettering brightens each spread. While it is designed as a book to read-aloud to toddlers, the engaging illustrations and approachable text will encourage emerging readers to explore the poems on their own.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763631413
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 2/13/2007
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 202,506
  • Age range: 3 months - 18 years
  • Product dimensions: 10.55 (w) x 11.70 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Jane Yolen

Jane Yolen is the author of more than 250 books for children and young adults, including SOFT HOUSE, OWL MOON, and HOW DO DINOSAURS SAY GOOD NIGHT? She also collected poems for THIS LITTLE PIGGY: LAP SONGS, FINGER PLAYS, CLAPPING GAMES, and PANTOMINE RHYMES, an anthology of rhymes and games for toddlers. Jane Yolen divides her time between Massachusetts and Scotland.

Andrew Fusek Peters is a poet and anthologist whose work has appeared in collections for children and teens. He has also written many books. Andrew Fusek Peters lives in Shropshire, England.

Polly Dunbar is the author and illustrator of DOG BLUE and FLYAWAY KATIE, as well as the illustrator of SHOE BABY, written by her mother, Joyce Dunbar. Polly Dunbar lives in Brighton, England.

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  • Posted March 26, 2012

    This is a lovely collection with eye-catching illustrations espe

    This is a lovely collection with eye-catching illustrations especially endearing to the 3 and under crowd. I bought this for my 14 month old daughter and she loved it. She still does at 3 years old. I also bought her Talking Like the Rain which she loved too but I think the illustrations in this one are more vibrant (although TLTR has more poems). This is a well thought-out collection, especially for baby's first.

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