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My First Oxford Book of Poems
     

My First Oxford Book of Poems

by John Foster
 

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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

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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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Praise from the UK:

"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
School Library Journal
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780192763396
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
02/05/2007
Edition description:
NEW
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 7.30(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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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