The Barefoot Book of Classic Poems

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Children's Literature - Cheri Stowers
This beautifully illustrated collection of classic poems contains a wide range of poets, forms, and subjects. Familiar, time-honored names such as Edgar Allan Poe, William Shakespeare, William Wordsworth, and Robert Frost are all included, along with more contemporary poets such as Dylan Thomas. You'll find playful works such as Furry Bear by AA Milne, The Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll, and The Tale of Custard the Dragon by Ogden Nash along with dramatic, somber pieces such as The War Song of Dinas Vawr by Thomas Love Peacock, and Annabel Lee by Edgar Allan Poe. Old favorites such as The Owl and the Pussycat and How do I Love Thee combine with fresh new pieces. The marvels and mystery of nature are celebrated in such poems as The Tyger by William Blake. This volume is a great resource for the classroom or home because of the wide variety of poems included. Parents and teachers will need to choose poems carefully as some pieces such as The Highway Man (a ballad of passion and murder) may be disturbing for young children.
School Library Journal

Gr 3 Up
An appealing assortment of 74 classic poems that touch on childhood, animals and the natural world, love, war, and the stages of life. The selections range from standard children's fare, such as Robert Louis Stevenson's "Bed in Summer" and "The Land of Counterpane," to more mature works, such as John Donne's "Meditation XVII." Many have been widely anthologized, among them Walter de la Mare's "Tartary," Eleanor Farjeon's "Cats," William Wordsworth's "Daffodils," and Robert Frost's "The Road Not Taken." Overall, this is a sumptuously packaged collection, with many large, double-paged illustrations. Morris's watercolors on hot-pressed paper are romantic and spirited. There are many excellent collections of classic poetry for children available, including Michael Harrison and Christopher Stuart-Clark's The Oxford Treasury of Classic Poems (1998) and James R. Berry's Classic Poems to Read Aloud (Kingfisher, 1995). This one is somewhat shorter than those volumes, but its attractive design brings a fresh perspective to these poems and makes them accessible to a wide range of readers.
—Marilyn TaniguchiCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
Stately figures and scenes in luminous colors provide rich backdrops for 74 English poems selected as much for their sonorous language as for their familiarity. Morris arranges her choices in, by and large, organic order, opening with Kathleen Raines' mesmerizing "Spell of Creation," closing with Tennyson's "Poet's Song," and in between, letting Blake, Shakespeare and Byron, Poe and Elizabeth Barrett Browning rub shoulders with the likes of Eleanor Farjeon and Walter de la Mare, Auden and Yeats with Ogden Nash and Rachel Field. Aside from a startlingly bloodthirsty ballad by Thomas Love Peacock, the entries are eloquent observations that range in tone from reverent to droll, on growing, loving, seeing beneath surfaces and living in the world. Animals put in appearances too, from Blake's Tyger to Milne's "Furry Bear." Extending even to the endpapers, the flood of words and images in this sumptuous volume creates an uplifting experience for the eye and ear both. An ideal collection to give or to share. (indexes) (Poetry. 10-12, adult)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781905236565
  • Publisher: Barefoot Books
  • Publication date: 10/28/2006
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 584,356
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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