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Year Full of Poems
     

Year Full of Poems

by Michael Harrison (Editor), Christopher Stuart-Clark (Editor)
 

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Now children may
Go out of doors,
Without their coats,
To candy stores.
The apple branches
And the pear
May float their blossoms
Through the air,
And Daddy may
Get out his hoe
To plant tomatoes
In a row,
And, afterwards,
May lazily
Look at some baseball
On TV.
—from "May" by John Updike

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Now children may
Go out of doors,
Without their coats,
To candy stores.
The apple branches
And the pear
May float their blossoms
Through the air,
And Daddy may
Get out his hoe
To plant tomatoes
In a row,
And, afterwards,
May lazily
Look at some baseball
On TV.
—from "May" by John Updike

From January to December, Michael Harrison and Christopher Stuart-Clark trace all the months of the year in this rich collection of poems for children. Eight to twelve poems are chosen for each month to capture the essence of a particular time and season. Narrative poems, very short poems, funny poems, sad poems—each month offers quite a variety, chosen especially for children aged 9 to 14.

February boasts poems by Sara Teasdale and Walter de la Mare. April offers Langston Hughes and Tennyson. John Updike is a contributor to May and August. And the other months are made particularly memorable with poems from Emily Bronte, Longfellow, D. H. Lawrence, Rupert Brooke, Emily Dickinson, and many others. The poems are illustrated by a variety of artists in an open and easy-to-read format that blends the poetry with the artwork. Included are an index of authors and artists, and of titles and first lines.

The lavish design and the thoughtful, diverse selection of poems make this an ideal resource for classroom and library, a special gift for a young poet, or the perfect choice for beginning or adding to a child's first personal library.

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"If there is one book you add to your poetry collection this year, make sure you get this one from Oxford." --Library Materials Guide

"A collection of funny and famous poetry for all seasons and occasions with accompanying illustrations as diverse and colorful as the seasons themselves. A delightful melange of poems, bridging the generation gap, A Year Full of Poems will allow parents and teachers to keep their young readers interested in poetry the year round."--Children's Bookwatch

Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
Anthologies like A Year Full of Poems allow children to hear the voices of many poets, classic to contemporary, and so find those who speak to them personally. Dip into this, one or two sips at a time, for funny and famous poems; wind, rain, hot-summer-months poems; and, of course, poems about holidays. As in the indelible images of John Updike's "August": "The sprinkler twirls / The summer wanes; / The Pavement wears / Popsicle stains..." and John Corben's "Before Christmas": "The year tips, the sun / slips towards the sky's edge, and / dark bites the day..." The language resonates deep within us and may just leave its own imprint to counteract the raucous sounds of the current punk rock. Hurry, begin reading poetry this very day!

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780192761491
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
09/28/1996
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.34(d)
Age Range:
9 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Michael Harrison and Christopher Stuart-Clark have collaborated on several books for Oxford, including The Oxford Book of Story Poems and Peace and War: A Collection of Poems.

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