Kingfisher Book of Family Poems

Kingfisher Book of Family Poems

by Belinda Hollyer, Holly Swain
     
 

Today's children experience many different types of families in their own as well as in their friends' lives. This exuberant collection includes more than 150 poems from some of today's best poets to reflect the enormous diversity of modern family life. Poems about individual family members are deftly interwoven with themes of belonging and togetherness, family

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Today's children experience many different types of families in their own as well as in their friends' lives. This exuberant collection includes more than 150 poems from some of today's best poets to reflect the enormous diversity of modern family life. Poems about individual family members are deftly interwoven with themes of belonging and togetherness, family feuds, shared memories, play, loss, and love. Holly Swain's delightful illustrations add sparkle and charm throughout. Bubbling with attitude and affection, this is a true celebration of families everywhere and a perfect collection to share.

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“What readers will find is a charming collection that offers, as Hollyer herself notes, 'at least one poem that makes you say 'Oh yes! That's like my family!'” —Children's Literature

“Hollyer's excellent collection offers a broad range of works including classic pieces by Ogden Nash and Langston Hughes, humorous favorites from Jack Prelutsky and Shel Silverstein, and poems from newer voices such as Janet S. Wong and Benjamin Zephaniah. ” —School Library Journal

Children's Literature
Divided into eleven major sections, some with titles like "Family Quilt," "They'll Be Sorry," and "Never Stew Your Sister," Family Poems provides delightful looks at those people we call mother, father, sister, brother, grandparent, aunt, or cousin. Using poems and authors from yesteryear—Ogden Nash, Lewis Carroll, and Rudyard Kipling—up to today—Jack Prelutsky, Sonya Sones, Shel Silverstein, and Gary Soto, just to name a few—Hollyer gives us the humorous as well as the poignant moments that mark family interactions. She specifically notes in her introduction that "family" means different things to many people, thus the 159 poems chosen for the book detail everything from sibling rivalry to the joys of the trivial to the death of a family member. Although Swain's illustrations are used to mark certain poems or evoke the feelings evident in that particular section, and no one will mistake this collection for a picture book. What readers will find is a charming collection that offers, as Hollyer herself notes, "at least one poem that makes you say "Oh yes! That's like my family!" 2003, Kingfisher Publications,
School Library Journal
K-Gr 6-Hollyer's excellent collection offers a broad range of works including classic pieces by Ogden Nash and Langston Hughes, humorous favorites from Jack Prelutsky and Shel Silverstein, and poems from newer voices such as Janet S. Wong and Benjamin Zephaniah. Eleven sections cover aspects of family life from new arrivals in "Lucky to Be Little" to the nonhuman members of the family in "Mother Doesn't Want a Dog." Each poem is well placed and perfectly suits its category. A significant number of British poets are represented. Throughout the book, quirky, cheeky, black-and-white line drawings complement the poems. This is a fine extension to such works as Anna Currey's I Want Another Little Brother (2001) and Mary Ann Hoberman's Fathers, Mothers, Sisters, Brothers (1993, both Puffin), and a joy to read.-Laura Reed, Kitchener Public Library, Ontario, Canada Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780753455579
Publisher:
Kingfisher
Publication date:
03/20/2003
Series:
Kingfisher Book of Series
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
7.25(w) x 9.14(h) x 1.14(d)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

Read an Excerpt

SISTERS

She calls me tofu because I am so soft easily falling apart.

I wish I were tough and full of fire, like ginger–

like her.

JANET S. WONG

ASK MUMMY ASK DADDY

When I ask Daddy

Daddy says ask Mummy

When I ask Mummy

Mummy says ask Daddy.

I don't know where to go.

Better ask my teddy he never says no.

JOHN AGARD

Meet the Author

Belinda Hollyer was born in New Zealand and has also lived and worked in Australia and the United States. She has worked as a teacher, a librarian, and a publisher. Now a full-time writer, she has written and compiled a number of books for adults and children, including She's All That! Poems About Girls and the award-winning Kingfisher Book of Family Poems.

Holly Swain's distinctive style of illustration can be seen in Pedro the Brave and Alberto the Dancing Alligator?

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