Children's Literature - Marilyn CourtotA reissue of beautiful poetry from one of America's foremost poets, with Allen's black-and-white drawings, this collection will introduce children to words that have as much meaning today as they did more than one hundred years ago. Culled from an extensive collection, these poems were written to a niece, two nephews, and their mother. The poems are short, but within their brevity are powerful images and emotions. The words may challenge young readers because they don't usually hear them (frigate, trundle, bobolink, chorister, supercilious, omnipotent), but what a delightful way to learn.
Children's Literature - Jan LiebermanThis book leads readers to the heart of poetry. As Ms. Dickinson wrote, "If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can ever warm me, I know it is poetry..." Her own poems meet this test with lines like this: "The spider is an artist/ Has never been employed/. Though his surpassing merit/ Is freely certified." or "The pedigree of honey/ Does not concern the bee/ A clover, any time, to him/ Is aristocracy."
School Library JournalGr 3 UpThe 78 enduring poems included in this collection are particularly appealing to children, not only because of the subjects, but also because the poet's imagery is both simple and sophisticated, both realistic and fanciful. Elegantly subtle black-and-white pencil sketches are an additional delight, matching the mood and enticing browsers to sample yet another poem. Allen's illustrations are suffused with light, enhanced by delicate shadows; each reflects the gentle rhythms of nature. They range from romantically timeless landscapes to a striking study of the grass-parting, "narrow fellow" snake. Audiences of a wide variety of ages will respond to hearing these poems read aloud. Independent readers will enjoy the challenge of blending meaning with meter, while advanced readers will relish the discovery of additional interpretations.Sarabeth Kalajian, Venice Public Library, FL
Carolyn PhelanA new edition of a book published in 1934, this handsome volume presents Emily Dickinson's poetry to young people. Replacing the now-dated-looking line drawings in the earlier edition are softly shaded pencil drawings on nearly every spread. The gray-on-white illustrations accompany the words quietly, allowing readers to concentrate on the verse. Recommended to update poetry collections.
- Little, Brown and Company
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- Age Range:
- 12 - 15 Years
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