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Children's LiteratureThere is no better way to celebrate and share poetry with young children than to read a well thought out anthology like this one. Poems are the cousins of songs and this book is one to sing about. The bright and whimsical illustrations just add to the fun. It includes more than one hundred rhymes, chants, and poems just waiting to be read aloud to a young audience. There are some familiar and favorite selections and many new ones. A number of notable authors are included such as Carl Sandburg, Jack Prelutsky, Aileen Fisher, and Robert Lewis Stevenson, as well as many anonymous and less known poets. One poem is even done by a five-year-old. Everyone will end up singing or chanting or just plain laughing. Poems provide an avenue for children to tune into the sounds and structure of language. Although this collection was compiled with the young child in mind, it will be enjoyed by anyone, young or old, who is willing to listen, to imagine, to feel, to remember, and to enjoy! 2004 (orig. 1993), Kingfisher, Ages 3 to 8.