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|1||Why make poetry a priority?||1|
|2||Which poets are popular?||16|
|3||What poetry do children enjoy?||54|
|4||How do you promote poetry?||80|
|5||How do you present poetry to children?||113|
|6||What happens after you share the poem?||143|
|App. A||Noteworthy poets writing for young people||177|
|App. B||Bibliography of children's poetry books||180|
Posted May 3, 2008
This resource is full of reasons why poetry is important to young children and ways to incorporate it into your daily routine. Vardell states ¿the presence of poetry is interwoven throughout our lives.¿ (p.2). After reading this informative book, I realized that she is right. In the first chapter, ¿Why Make Poetry A Priority?¿ the author gives examples of poetry that we encounter daily and don¿t even realize it¿s poetry. She then goes on to explain how poetry helps children by introducing new vocabulary and figurative language, reinforcing phonics, providing practice for word recognition and pronunciation, and providing examples of different types of words and wordplay. The author gives wonderful examples of how to get children to love poetry. There are many sidebars throughout the book titled ¿Practitioner Perspective¿ that offers advice from library media specialists, reading specialists, and other professionals. She also has poet profiles throughout the book where the authors talk about how they became authors or poets. Further chapters give a list of poets who are popular with children and discuss awards given to poets. A lot of information is given about each award, who sponsors it, how often it is awarded, as well as the criteria for each. I found this to be very helpful to librarians and educators as they search for poetry to share with students and/or add to their library collections. The chapters that I found to be very strong were ¿How Do You Promote Poetry?¿ and ¿How Do You Present Poetry To Children?¿. One thing that I found particularly helpful as an educator was the ¿Poetry Scavenger Hunt¿ on p. 81. The author shares this cooperative activity as a fun way to get children digging through the poetry shelves. The author gives many suggestions to introduce poetry across the curriculum, which is helpful to classroom teachers, and also gives librarians ideas to help support the classroom curriculum. I found this resource to be strong in all areas and did not find that anything had been omitted. It is a resource that I strongly recommend everyone in education have in their professional library.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 7, 2008
Distinguished professor and published author, Dr. Sylvia Vardell, has once again created a wonderful resource in poetry for librarians, educators, and parents. Currently an experienced professor for Texas Woman¿s University, School of Library & Information Studies, Vardell excitedly shares her extensive and enthusiastic knowledge of the poetry world. Poetry Aloud Here! is divided into six chapters, with two appendixes, a bibliography, reference list, and an index. Sporadically featured throughout the book are spotlights on accomplished, popular, and renowned children¿s poets. Nikki Grimes, Douglas Florian, Naomi Shihab Nye, and Jack Prelutsky are among a handful that provide their own unique insight into their experiences and thoughts about poetry for children. Vardell explains everything from the importance of poetry, to award recipients, and popular poets in the first two chapters. Chapter Three plunges deeper into the genre, with explanations of through which means poetry is published, poetry performances, and proper tools needed in order to evaluate poetry for children. The fourth chapter, my personal favorite, is an invaluable step-by- step analysis of how to properly promote poetry. Vardell explores ways to create displays and focal areas on distinct authors based on their birthdays, works, and also utilizing the month of April, which is National Poetry Month. Integrating poetry for children through oral reading and school curriculum is also discussed, with the author informing the audience of exhaustive approaches in order to successfully promote poetry. Chapter Five lists ten extensive and detailed strategies in order to engage children in poetry. The final chapter explores how to follow up poetry with children after it has been enjoyed, in order for them to retain interest, enjoy what they are reading, and understand it. Appendix A proves to be another useful tool and strength to the book, listing ¿Noteworthy Poets,¿ along with their personal website, and a separate list for poets that aim their respective poetry at distinct cultures. Vardell¿s comprehensive bibliography of almost 26 pages worth of titles cited in the text contribute to her credibility and effort of compiling her information as a professional resource tool in the realm of poetry. Dr. Vardell writes in a cohesive and laid back style that makes reading it much more enjoyable and engaging. The content, information, and strategies are priceless advice for various professionals to utilize. In the classroom, at the library, or at home, this book is sure to be read cover to cover from many. This expert resource, aimed mostly for poetry awareness amongst early elementary through the preteen years, is filled with not only education about what poetry is out there, but how to properly utilize it and most importantly, enjoy it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.