Poetry for Young People: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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“Schoonmaker’s careful selection and meticulous editing, and Wallace’s luminous, full-color paintings…will make Longfellow’s work more approachable to children. A slim, attractive introduction to a classic American poet.” – School Library Journal

An illustrated selection of twenty-seven complete or excerpted poems by the renowned nineteenth-century New England poet. Also includes information about his life.

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Overview

“Schoonmaker’s careful selection and meticulous editing, and Wallace’s luminous, full-color paintings…will make Longfellow’s work more approachable to children. A slim, attractive introduction to a classic American poet.” – School Library Journal

An illustrated selection of twenty-seven complete or excerpted poems by the renowned nineteenth-century New England poet. Also includes information about his life.

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Editorial Reviews

Sharon Flesher
Schoonmaker has made appropriate selections; while the adult reader may miss the full story, these shorter excerpts are not likely to tax the attention spans of the video games generation.... If this volume is indicative of the quality of the entire Poetry for Young People series, then the whole collection is worth owning.
ForeWord Magazine
School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-Schoonmaker's careful selection and meticulous editing, and Wallace's luminous full-color paintings (some dramatic, some serene, and all in harmony with the verses featured) will make Longfellow's work more approachable to children. The poems range from lengthy works (e.g., "Hiawatha's Childhood") to ballads (e.g., "The Wreck of the Hesperus") and shorter pieces (e.g., "The Arrow and the Song"). Biographical information and some background on the selections are included. Unfamiliar terms are discreetly defined on the pages where they occur. A slim, attractive introduction to a classic American poet.-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY
Kirkus Reviews
Presented in picture book format, this unfocused collection of poems and extracts from this 19th-century poet gathers up a few chestnuts, but also (unintentionally and unjustly) suggests ample reason to avoid the rest of his oeuvre. Preceded by a dense introduction, the more accessible selections-"The Arrow and the Song," the ever-charming "Children's Hour," and the wonderfully lurid "Wreck of The Hesperus"-are scattered gems among such deadening material as "Woods In Winter" ("with solemn feet I tread the hill,/That overbrows the lonely vale"), "A Psalm Of Life," and "Hymn To The Night" ("Peace! Peace! Orestes-like I breathe this prayer!"). In addition, "Evangeline" is represented by a mere six lines, and even "Paul Revere's Ride" is incomplete. Painting in a realistic style, Wallace shows more facility depicting landscapes than people. Even though Longfellow's famous poems are readily available elsewhere, few readers-after plowing through this uninspired handful-will feel an urge to read more. (Poetry. 9-14) .
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402772924
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 4/6/2010
  • Series: Poetry for Young People Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 384,368
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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  • Posted May 31, 2011

    Highly Recommended!!*****

    The collection of poems is very magical and makes me think I am in the time of the different poems. My parents purchased the book for me and I could not put it down until I read every poem in the book. I love mystical and magical stories and this was wonderful!! I would recommend this book to all of my third grade friends.

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