A Child's Anthology of Poetry

A Child's Anthology of Poetry

by Elizabeth Hauge Sword


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A timeless collection celebrating the joys of poetry for children of all ages—an indispensable introduction to literature and life that brings together essential classic children's poems with the best of modern and contemporary international poetry.

The simple pleasures of reading and listening to poetry can make unforgettable memories in childhood and help children develop an interest in language and storytelling. From Robert Frost to Maya Angelou, Shel Silverstein to Emily Dickinson, this collection emphasizes the fun and diversity of poetry, providing young readers with a well-rounded, inclusive selection of poets.

Under the guidance of a special advisory board of esteemed poets, and featuring artwork by Tom Pohrt, the well-known illustrator of Crow and Weasel, A Child's Anthology of Poetry includes favorite poems such as William Blake's "The Tyger" and Lewis Carroll's "Jabberwocky," in addition to more recent classics such as Elizabeth Bishop's "Sestina" and Theodore Roethke's "My Papa's Waltz." Full of surprises and lyric charm, this delightful volume will be treasured by generations of readers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062393371
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/28/2015
Pages: 344
Sales rank: 585,319
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Elizabeth Hauge Sword was raised in New York City. A graduate of Dartmouth College, she previously worked for ABC Sports and was a field producer for ABC Radio. She teaches elementary-school children and runs a computer consulting business. Sword lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

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I'm hiding, I'm hiding,
And no one knows where;
For all they can see is my
toes and my hair.

And I just heard my father
Say to my mother-
"But, darling, he must be
Somewhere or other;

Have you looked in the inkwell?"
And Mother said, "Where?"
"In the InkWell?" said Father.But
I was not there.

Then "wait!" cried my mother-
"I think that I see
him under the carpet.
"But It was not me.

"Inside the mirror's
A pretty good place,"
Said father and looked, but saw
Only his face.

"We've hunted,"sighed Mother,
"As hard as we could
And I am so afraid that we've
Lost him for good."

Then I laughed out aloud
And I wiggled my toes
And Father said -- "Look, dear,
I wonder if those

Toes could be Benny's?
There are ten of them, see?"
And they Were so surprised to find
Out it was me!

--Dorothy Aldis

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Child's Anthology of Poetry 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
tnelson725 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is an anthology of poems from the generations. There are a few new poems, but a lot will be recognized by adult readers. The book includes poems from Keats, Frost, Dickinson, Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou, and many others.I had a similar book when I was younger that I loved and could not stop reading until I had my favorites memorized. I think that generations now will feel the same with this book.For the classroom, I would have students each choose their favorite poem in the book. They would then act the poem out or just simply do a reading for the class.
ElenaEstrada on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A Child¿s Anthology of Poetry edited by Elizabeth Hauge Sword is an anthology of classical as well as modern international poetry. These particular poems are well chosen since they are intriguing in their depth while remaining simple in their content. For example, ¿Life Doesn¿t Frighten Me¿ by Maya Angelou uses hyperbole as a literary device to bring down to size many of the fears young children may encounter such as going to a new school or sleeping in the dark. On the other hand, ¿Mr. Nobody¿ is a delightful poem about how ¿Nobody¿ is always to blame for all the mischief around a home such as broken plates, squeaking doors, and finger marks on the door. In addition, some of the poems are meant to build character without being preachy such as in the short poem, ¿I Shall Not Pass This Way Again¿ which advocates kindness and good deeds towards a fellowman. The most important element that I found was that many of the poems made me smile as I read about children playing hide and go seek or getting into trouble. This collection is one of those books that the adult reader will enjoy as well as the child who listens.Ages 6 and Up
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Bookmomnyc More than 1 year ago
After our second grade daughter brought this home from her school library, three times in a row, we purchased it for her for her birthday. She was thrilled! Our fifth grader was found reading it under her covers by flashlight This book is a great read-aloud for parents and children to share. The editor assumes that children enjoy poetry which is both literary and challenging. I was amazed at how much my young daughter could enjoy and interpret the poems in this book that I first met in high school and college. We had some great discussions. Forget some of the recent celebrity compilations. This book has it all: Blake, Yeats, Dickinson and Angelou, etc. etc. Parents will be amazed at how varied the selections are. This volume is also a great resource for homework assignments. There are many poems that a grade school, middle school or high student could memorize for a public speaking class or share with a literature class. Worth the price for a hardcover classic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is awesome. It has such a wide variety that is spectacular.