Knock at a Star: A Child's Introduction to Poetry

Knock at a Star: A Child's Introduction to Poetry

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Overview

The perfect classic anthology of poetry for today's young readers.

A classic poetry anthology, Knock at a Star contains lively, interesting poems from the most beloved writers and poets of our time, past and present, including Langston Hughes, Emily Dickinson, Jack Prelutsky, Mary Ann Hoberman, and more!

This anthology contains special kinds of poetry, such as haikus, songs, and limerick, and discusses with the reader what poems can do: make you laugh, send messages, and teach you about images and rhythm.

A collection that is joyously assembled and will be joyously read!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316488006
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 09/01/1999
Edition description: REVISED
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 393,308
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

Table of Contents

1What do Poems do?1
Make You Smile3
Crunchy3
Commas3
My Mother Took Me Skating4
Learning5
There Was a Man6
Algy6
The Termite6
Spring is sprung7
The Ceiling7
Miss McGillicuddy8
Knitted Things9
Getting Together10
Tell Stories11
A Peanut sat on a railroad track11
The Knowledgeable Child12
The Purist13
What Has Happened to Lulu?13
Coyote Blue15
But Only the Breeze ...15
The Outlaw16
A Story That Could Be True16
Mummy Slept Late and Daddy Fixed Breakfast18
John Henry19
Send Messages22
Before Starting22
Smokescreen22
Subway Rush Hour23
The Golf Links23
Spectacular24
Childhood24
Poor25
Raccoon26
Landscape26
A word is dead27
Oh, God of dust and rainbows27
Time to Plant Trees27
Share Feelings28
Christmas morning i28
And Stands There Sighing29
My Brother30
Leave Me Alone30
Look Out!31
Zimmer in Grade School32
Losing Face33
The 1st34
Listening to grownups quarreling35
Hide and Seek36
The Hurt Doe37
An Historic Moment37
Country School38
While I Slept39
Help You Understand People40
People40
Puerto Ricans in New York41
Narcissa42
The Knowing One43
The Park People43
Myrtle44
Two People45
Mama's Bouquets46
My Mother47
Dad48
Sundays49
Grandmother50
Start You Wondering51
Magnet51
Key Ring52
The Magical Mouse53
Daniel Boone53
The White Horse54
The Child on the Shore54
A Boat55
Winter Song55
Green Candles56
The Old Stone House57
2What's Inside a Poem?59
Images61
Good Hot Dogs63
My Fingers64
September65
Bull snake rattle66
Surprise66
Waiting for the Storm67
Snowy Benches67
Peach68
Spruce Woods68
The Runner68
This Is a Night69
Earthy Anecdote70
Word Music71
Winter Ocean71
Saying Dante Aloud71
Flittermice72
The Skaters73
Rain74
Julius Caesar75
The pickety fence76
Mice Are Nice77
My Old Cat78
Stories79
Analysis of Baseball80
Football81
Beats That Repeat82
We Real Cool83
The Ostrich Is a Silly Bird84
Windy Nights85
Windy Nights86
Windshield Wiper87
I am Rose87
Canis Major88
Paleface89
The opposite of kite, I'd say89
My Half90
Blackberry Sweet90
Triolet Against Sisters91
Likenesses92
Fireflies92
Porch Light93
Child Frightened by a Thunderstorm94
The house-wreckers94
Wind and Silver95
Dreams96
Stars96
Epigram Engraved on the Collar of a Dog97
The Horses of the Sea98
The Eagle98
Splinter98
Dry Winter99
Spill99
The Wind100
Word Play101
Sing Me a Song of Teapots and Trumpets101
In Just-103
My auntie104
Plant Life104
Song of the Pop-bottlers105
Chess Nut105
Crickets106
Did you eever, iver, over?107
Auk Talk107
Notice to Myself108
I Wave Good-bye When Butter Flies109
3Special Kinds of Poetry111
Limericks113
A bridge engineer, Mr. Crumpett113
There was an old person of Skye113
Well, it's partly the shape of the thing114
How awkward while playing with glue114
April Fool114
A piggish young person from Leeds115
There was a young lady from Lynn115
There was a Young Lady named Rose115
There was a young lady of Twickenham116
There was an old man from Peru116
Blessed Lord, what it is to be young117
Takeoffs118
Twinkle, twinkle, little bat!118
This is lust to Say119
Variations on a Theme by William Carlos Williams119
Clementine121
In a cavern, in a canyon121
Sing a Song of Sixpence122
Sing a Song of Subways123
We four lads123
Songs124
Riddle Song125
I Had a Little Nut Tree126
On Top of Old Smoky127
Blowin' in the Wind129
Show-and-Spell Poems131
The Dancing Bear131
You Can Talk About Your Hummingbirds132
The Sidewalk Racer133
Waterwheels in whirl134
Fury said to a mouse135
Seashells136
For a Quick Exit137
Concrete Cat138
Handsawwwwwwwwwwwwwwww138
Finders-Keepers Poems139
Gate139
Yield140
The lake was covered all over140
4-Way Stop141
Genuine Poem, Found on a Blackboard in a Bowling Alley in Story City, Iowa142
Haiku143
Ancient pool143
A bantam rooster143
Now the swing is still144
Out after dark144
Midnight sirens144
Tunnel145
The green cockleburs145
After weeks of watching the roof leak145
Bang! the starter's gun145
August146
4Do it Yourself147
Writing Your Own Poems149
Ideas151
Teddy bear, teddy bear, turn around151
Rope Rhyme152
That Old Haunted House153
On the one-ton temple bell154
Do It Yourself155
Afterword to Adults157
About This Book157
Encouraging Children to Like Poetry158
When Kids Write Their Own Poems161
For People Who Work with Groups163
Index of Authors167
Index of Titles169
Index of First Lines173
Acknowledgments176

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