Once Upon A Poem: Favorite Poems That Tell Stories

Once Upon A Poem: Favorite Poems That Tell Stories

by Kevin Crossley-Holland, Chris McEwan, Carol Lawson, Sian Bailey
     
 

A beautifully illustrated anthology of classic and contemporary narrative poems--each introduced by bestselling author Kevin Crossley-Holland. A perfect introduction to the magical world of poetry.

This stunning, fully-illustrated collection offers a dazzling array of narrative poems----each of which tells an unforgettable tale. Readers will find poems to suit

Overview

A beautifully illustrated anthology of classic and contemporary narrative poems--each introduced by bestselling author Kevin Crossley-Holland. A perfect introduction to the magical world of poetry.

This stunning, fully-illustrated collection offers a dazzling array of narrative poems----each of which tells an unforgettable tale. Readers will find poems to suit every taste---from stirring, heroic verses to magical fables, and from cautionary tales to humorous tongue-twisters. "Old masters" such as William Wadsworth Longfellow and Lewis Carroll are paired with great twentieth century poets such as W.H. Auden & Roald Dahl. Contemporary poets such as Tony Mitton & Kevin Crossley-Holland (who introduces each poem) are featured as well. A one-of-a-kind anthology for every child's bookshelf.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Some of today's best-known authors introduce their favorite verse in Once Upon a Poem: Favorite Poems That Tell Stories, a collection of 15 poems. Philip Pullman offers his thoughts on Lewis Carroll's Jabberwocky and Mary Pope Osborne introduces Eugene Field's Wynken, Blynken, and Nod. Husband-and-wife teams Peter and Si n Bailey, and Carol Lawson and Chris McEwan lend their varied illustration styles to the pieces, with art ranging from the silly to the serene. A foreword by Kevin Crossley-Holland and a closing "About the Writers" section round out the collection nicely. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
In a collection sure to invite heavy use and appreciation, Scholastic's Chicken House offers a wonderful selection of lavishly illustrated narrative poems. Included are time-honored chestnuts that our grandparents would have recited at school, such as Longfellow's "Paul Revere's Ride" and Alfred Noyes's "The Highwayman"; perennial favorites such as "Jabberwocky" and "The Owl and the Pussy-cat"; and fresh new additions such as Roald Dahl's hilarious "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" ("Her filthy shoes were thick with grime,/ And mud and mush and slush and slime./ Worse still, upon the heel of one/ Was something that a dog had done.") Each poem is introduced by a brief sentence or two of appreciation by some currently popular children's author (e.g., Hillaire Belloc's cautionary tale of "Jim Who Ran Away from his Nurse and Was Eaten by a Lion" is presented by J. K. Rowling), and while this is not really necessary, it does provide a sense of the continuity of the literary tradition. The choice of four different illustrators insures a varied visual delight, with a range of styles well-suited to the wealth of material included here. This is a must-purchase title for any school or public library and should become a staple for storytime sharing. 2004, Chicken House/Scholastic, Ages all.
—Claudia Mills, Ph.D.
Kirkus Reviews
Four different artists illustrate these 15 stories told in verse. Selected for their appeal as read-alouds, most are familiar, like "Paul Revere's Ride," "Jabberwocky" and "The Creation of Sam McGee," with a few exceptions like Roald Dahl's gruesome version of "Goldilocks and the Three Bears." Described in a foreword by Crossley-Holland as having a penchant for grabbing the reader by the collar and evoking laughter and tears, the poetic tales are visually interpreted with colorful scenes by two English husband-and-wife teams with a large font adding to the appealing page design. An established author briefly introduces each poem, e.g., Cornelia Funke lauds "The Highwayman" and Philip Pullman extols "A Visit from St. Nicholas." Backmatter provides two pages of notes on the illustrators and four pages on the original authors and their introducers. While adults will discern the different artistic styles, it's unfortunate that the only place where each story's illustrator is credited is in the Table of Contents. Otherwise, a fresh approach to some classic verse that kids might otherwise miss. (Poetry. 8-11)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780439651080
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
10/28/2004
Pages:
124
Product dimensions:
8.82(w) x 11.32(h) x 0.65(d)
Age Range:
8 Years

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