Knock at a Star: A Child's Introduction to Poetry


The classic anthology of poetry for children—now revised with new poems to enchant a new generation.

A treat for the eyes as well as the ears, this diverse selection of poetry is matched with works of art culled from New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. The art, like the poetry, spans many time periods and genres, making this a true "museum" for all ages.

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The classic anthology of poetry for children—now revised with new poems to enchant a new generation.

A treat for the eyes as well as the ears, this diverse selection of poetry is matched with works of art culled from New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. The art, like the poetry, spans many time periods and genres, making this a true "museum" for all ages.

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Children's Literature - Sharon Tolle
Children enjoy reading and listening to poetry. Within the pages of this book kids will find a wide variety of poems to entertain them. The verses are arranged in categories--some will bring a smile, some tell interesting stories, and others share feelings. A few reflect special limericks and songs. This is a great book to add to your child's collection. It is easy to browse through and each time you return, you will find something new to read. An updated and revised version of a book which was published more than fifteen years ago.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316488006
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 9/1/1999
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 317,108
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

1 What do Poems do? 1
Make You Smile 3
Crunchy 3
Commas 3
My Mother Took Me Skating 4
Learning 5
There Was a Man 6
Algy 6
The Termite 6
Spring is sprung 7
The Ceiling 7
Miss McGillicuddy 8
Knitted Things 9
Getting Together 10
Tell Stories 11
A Peanut sat on a railroad track 11
The Knowledgeable Child 12
The Purist 13
What Has Happened to Lulu? 13
Coyote Blue 15
But Only the Breeze ... 15
The Outlaw 16
A Story That Could Be True 16
Mummy Slept Late and Daddy Fixed Breakfast 18
John Henry 19
Send Messages 22
Before Starting 22
Smokescreen 22
Subway Rush Hour 23
The Golf Links 23
Spectacular 24
Childhood 24
Poor 25
Raccoon 26
Landscape 26
A word is dead 27
Oh, God of dust and rainbows 27
Time to Plant Trees 27
Share Feelings 28
Christmas morning i 28
And Stands There Sighing 29
My Brother 30
Leave Me Alone 30
Look Out! 31
Zimmer in Grade School 32
Losing Face 33
The 1st 34
Listening to grownups quarreling 35
Hide and Seek 36
The Hurt Doe 37
An Historic Moment 37
Country School 38
While I Slept 39
Help You Understand People 40
People 40
Puerto Ricans in New York 41
Narcissa 42
The Knowing One 43
The Park People 43
Myrtle 44
Two People 45
Mama's Bouquets 46
My Mother 47
Dad 48
Sundays 49
Grandmother 50
Start You Wondering 51
Magnet 51
Key Ring 52
The Magical Mouse 53
Daniel Boone 53
The White Horse 54
The Child on the Shore 54
A Boat 55
Winter Song 55
Green Candles 56
The Old Stone House 57
2 What's Inside a Poem? 59
Images 61
Good Hot Dogs 63
My Fingers 64
September 65
Bull snake rattle 66
Surprise 66
Waiting for the Storm 67
Snowy Benches 67
Peach 68
Spruce Woods 68
The Runner 68
This Is a Night 69
Earthy Anecdote 70
Word Music 71
Winter Ocean 71
Saying Dante Aloud 71
Flittermice 72
The Skaters 73
Rain 74
Julius Caesar 75
The pickety fence 76
Mice Are Nice 77
My Old Cat 78
Stories 79
Analysis of Baseball 80
Football 81
Beats That Repeat 82
We Real Cool 83
The Ostrich Is a Silly Bird 84
Windy Nights 85
Windy Nights 86
Windshield Wiper 87
I am Rose 87
Canis Major 88
Paleface 89
The opposite of kite, I'd say 89
My Half 90
Blackberry Sweet 90
Triolet Against Sisters 91
Likenesses 92
Fireflies 92
Porch Light 93
Child Frightened by a Thunderstorm 94
The house-wreckers 94
Wind and Silver 95
Dreams 96
Stars 96
Epigram Engraved on the Collar of a Dog 97
The Horses of the Sea 98
The Eagle 98
Splinter 98
Dry Winter 99
Spill 99
The Wind 100
Word Play 101
Sing Me a Song of Teapots and Trumpets 101
In Just- 103
My auntie 104
Plant Life 104
Song of the Pop-bottlers 105
Chess Nut 105
Crickets 106
Did you eever, iver, over? 107
Auk Talk 107
Notice to Myself 108
I Wave Good-bye When Butter Flies 109
3 Special Kinds of Poetry 111
Limericks 113
A bridge engineer, Mr. Crumpett 113
There was an old person of Skye 113
Well, it's partly the shape of the thing 114
How awkward while playing with glue 114
April Fool 114
A piggish young person from Leeds 115
There was a young lady from Lynn 115
There was a Young Lady named Rose 115
There was a young lady of Twickenham 116
There was an old man from Peru 116
Blessed Lord, what it is to be young 117
Takeoffs 118
Twinkle, twinkle, little bat! 118
This is lust to Say 119
Variations on a Theme by William Carlos Williams 119
Clementine 121
In a cavern, in a canyon 121
Sing a Song of Sixpence 122
Sing a Song of Subways 123
We four lads 123
Songs 124
Riddle Song 125
I Had a Little Nut Tree 126
On Top of Old Smoky 127
Blowin' in the Wind 129
Show-and-Spell Poems 131
The Dancing Bear 131
You Can Talk About Your Hummingbirds 132
The Sidewalk Racer 133
Waterwheels in whirl 134
Fury said to a mouse 135
Seashells 136
For a Quick Exit 137
Concrete Cat 138
Handsawwwwwwwwwwwwwwww 138
Finders-Keepers Poems 139
Gate 139
Yield 140
The lake was covered all over 140
4-Way Stop 141
Genuine Poem, Found on a Blackboard in a Bowling Alley in Story City, Iowa 142
Haiku 143
Ancient pool 143
A bantam rooster 143
Now the swing is still 144
Out after dark 144
Midnight sirens 144
Tunnel 145
The green cockleburs 145
After weeks of watching the roof leak 145
Bang! the starter's gun 145
August 146
4 Do it Yourself 147
Writing Your Own Poems 149
Ideas 151
Teddy bear, teddy bear, turn around 151
Rope Rhyme 152
That Old Haunted House 153
On the one-ton temple bell 154
Do It Yourself 155
Afterword to Adults 157
About This Book 157
Encouraging Children to Like Poetry 158
When Kids Write Their Own Poems 161
For People Who Work with Groups 163
Index of Authors 167
Index of Titles 169
Index of First Lines 173
Acknowledgments 176
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2011

    I had fun reading some of the many poems.

    I'm in third grade and this is one of the books on a list of poem books that I could choose from. I chose this book because I liked the title of the book and the cover. I thought that the poems were going to be about stars. When I read the book I saw that I liked most of the poems but not others. The ones I didn't like were about death. Some of the poems were really boring! My favorite poems in the book are the funny ones. I also liked some poems that used words to make pictures. There was one that had words and they were shaped like a cat. You should really take a look at it. The other poems I liked are the ones that made me think about things. One of them was about a mouse that ate sunsets and not cheese. If you like many different authors and many different poems I think this book will be good for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2006

    Knock at a Star

    This book is awesome! I really didn't enjoy poetry until I read some of the ones in Knock at a Star. I think it's especially great for kids.

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