From the Publisher
“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
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.
Read an Excerpt
She calls me tofu because I am so soft easily falling apart.
I wish I were tough and full of fire, like ginger–
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.