Classic Poems to Read Aloud is a celebration of the many voices and moods of poetry. Selected by award-winning poet James Berry, this collection spans centuries and continents in bringing together perennial favorites and twentieth-century classics.
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JAMES MAYHEW is the author of many books for children, including the Katie series and The Knight Who Took All Day. He lives in England.
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Classic Poems to Read Aloud (Classic Collections Series) based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Classic Poems to Read Aloud selected by James Perry is an anthology of poetry from around the world. The author made an attempt to include both classical poems as well as unknown poetry. In the same manner, he attempted to present not only English and American points of views but he also included Africa, the Caribbean, and India. Personally, I thought the collection attempted to do too much. In addition, the poems content is sometimes mature such as ¿When You Are Old¿ by W.B. Keats. I think adults can appreciate a poem of becoming older because they have lived out their lives and can look back on events and people whom they shared their lives with. But children cannot appreciate such reflections; consequently I felt the author sometimes forgot his target audience. It is not to say the poems are not worthy, but rather the themes sometimes inconsequential for young children. On the positive side, the book has some colorful art representing different cultures. The illustrations have some pictures of children of color, animals from different parts of the world, and faraway places. However, most of the pictures are small and black and white. Ages 5 and up
This collection provides a rich feast of poetic works for young people. The editors have mixed classic poems with less well-known entries, and yet all the poems work well together. The collection is appropriately multicultural and wide-sweeping in terms of subject matter, and the beautiful glossy illustrations lend a visual magic that serves to enhance the meaning of the surrounding poems.
This anthology presents a number of poems that span a wide range, from the Iliad to Shakespeare to Phillip Larkin. It did annoy me that the editor put several of his own poems in, particularly since I didn't find them nearly as good. I suppose compared to Shakespeare, one can't really expect them to be, but it was still annoying. The anthology is organized by mood/subject, e.g. love, which was nice. I remain rather skeptical of some of the inclusions--the excerpts from Shakespeare's plays are severely edited, and there are some blatantly prose inclusions fashioned into free verse (I have a dream???) which is at best strange. As the title suggests, most of the poems are classic, and this is a great introduction for kids--She Walks in Beauty, Daffodils, Keats' Ode to Autumn. But there are also some less well known, more contemporary poets, which provides welcome counterbalance.