My First Oxford Book of Poems

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From seeing shapes in clouds to the colourful peacock, and from the silly old baboon to the sounds of the sea and the rhythm of the banjo dance, here is a wonderfully varied collection of first poems drawn together by best-selling anthologist John Foster. Children will love the mix of poems covering familiar surroundings and those that are more exotic or nonsensical which capture their imagination. A huge range of favourite poets is included, such as Edward Lear, Ogden Nash, Ted Hughes, Charles Causley, James Berry, Eleanor Farjeon, and Spike Milligan. Beautifully illustrated in colour throughout by a number of different artists, this book is a very useful resource and an ideal gift.
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"This fine anthology will appeal to a young audience. . . Foster's title should find a wide audience."--School Library Journal

Children's Literature - Children's Literature
This selection of poems, while eclectic, is arranged according to topics--out and about, creatures, from dusk till dawn, beside the sea, fantastical and nonsensical, weather and season. The poets range from the classical, such as Shakespeare, Wordsworth, Christina Rosetti, and Emily Dickinson, to the modern, such as Charles Causley, Ted Hughes, and Spike Milligan, as well as many lesser-known poets. Only a few of the poems are those that have traditionally been collected in children's books, e.g., Wynken, Blynken, and Nod and The Owl and the Pussy-Cat. The simple rhyme schemes and rhythms of the poems should appeal to children, as well as the many references to animals. It would have helped, however, to include the dates of the poems and/or brief biographies of the poets to give the reader a historical perspective. The illustrations are by nine different artists; and while each style has its merits, the compilation of very different treatments gives the book a disjointed look. It is also disconcerting when the artists' pictures do not reflect the precise descriptions of the poets, e.g., a peacock is green instead of blue or a spacecraft appears on the cover when no poem is about space. 2000, Oxford University Press, Ages 8 up, $19.95. Reviewer: Carol Raker Collins
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PreS-Gr 2-This fine anthology will appeal to a young audience. James Reeves, Eleanor Farjeon, Lilian Moore, and Walter de la Mare are among the dozens of well-known and less-familiar English and American poets included. Nearly all of the selections are rhymed and metered, while the few free-verse poems introduce alliteration and the intricacies of rhythm. Illustrations by eight artists, done in differing but complementary palettes and media, decorate each double-page spread. This volume has a different selector than The New Oxford Treasury of Children's Poems (1999), and includes different poems, though many of the same popular poets appear. Thus, it makes an appropriate prelude to that slightly older-targeted collection. It is a step up from books such as Jane Dyer's Animal Crackers (Little, Brown, 1996), and a more focused complement to Jack Prelutsky's fine Random House Book of Poetry for Children (1983). Divided into sections by subject ("Creatures" and "Weather and Seasons," for instance), and indexed by author, title, and first line, Foster's title should find a wide audience.-Nina Lindsay, Oakland Public Library, CA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192763396
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 2/5/2007
  • Edition description: NEW
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 96
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.30 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

John Foster is one of the nation's best-loved and highly regarded children's poets. He has published over one hundred poetry anthologies, as well as several collections of his own poems.

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Table of Contents

Out in the Dark and Daylight 7
Here is a Field 8
The Door 9
from A Boy's Song 10
Pond 11
Where Go the Boats? 12
Clouds 13
The Island 14
Afternoon 14
Hideout 15
Dandelions 15
The Secret 16
Duck's Ditty 17
The Ladybird 18
The Dragonfly 18
The Caterpillar 19
Don't Cry, Caterpillar 19
Snake 20
Zebra 21
How Doth the Little Crocodile 21
Roger the Dog 22
Cat in the Dark 23
The Snail 24
Badgers 25
Night Spinner 26
Who's There? 27
Old Horses 28
The Wild, the Free 29
Sunning 30
Peacock 31
The Fieldmouse 32
The Mouse in the Wainscot 33
Allie 34
Lizzie 36
Song for a Banjo Dance 37
Time to go Home 38
Bedtime 39
Something is There 40
Full Moon 41
In the Dark 42
Sweet and Low 44
Lullaby 45
Wynken, Blynken, and Nod 46
Magic Story of Falling Asleep 48
The Falling Star 49
Windy Nights 50
The Night Will Never Stay 51
Very Early 52
Early Dawn 53
Early in the Morning 54
Seashell 55
Sounds of the Sea 55
The Sea 56
Long, Lone 56
The Caribbean Calling 57
Mine 58
Song of the Seashore 59
Little Fish 59
Grim and Gloomy 60
The Tide Rises, The Tide Falls 62
Roadways 63
If I Could Have a Pair of Wings 64
Tartary 65
Cow 66
The Owl and the Pussy Cat 68
Silly Old Baboon 70
The Flattered Flying-Fish 72
Mesopotamia 73
Adventures of Isabel 74
Unicorn 76
The Dragon Hunt 77
Weather 78
Winter 80
January 81
White Fields 82
Robin 83
A Change in the Year 83
Bluebells 84
Rainbows 85
August Afternoon 86
Fly Away, Swallow 86
The Winter Warrior 87
December Leaves 87
High in the Heaven 88
Holly Red and Mistletoe White 89
The Waiting Game 90
A Footprint on the Air 91
The World with its Countries 92
Index of Authors 93
Index of Titles and First Lines 94
Acknowledgements 96
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