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A Child's Garden of Poetry (2011)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: HBO Studios
  • DVD Release Date: November 8, 2011
  • Run Time: 30 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005HB4SOG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,580 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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HBO Family presents an all-new special from the producers of the acclaimed, award-winning Classical Baby series that will give children an appreciation of the music and mystery of poetry. Poems by some of the greatest writers of all time are brought to life through lyrical animation and readings by some of today’s most respected performers. Welcome to A Child’s Garden of Poetry!

The descriptive words, rhythm, and cadence of poetry hold a natural appeal for children, who seem to possess an almost innate aptitude for understanding what a poem is about. A Child's Garden of Poetry is a 27-minute collection of more than 15 poems by great poets such as Robert Louis Stevenson, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, and William Shakespeare. Poems like "My Shadow," "The Road Not Taken," and "Calico Pie" spring to life through the words and songs of famous actors and singers, among them Julianne Moore, Dave Matthews, Natalie Merchant, and Liam Neeson. Some are even read by the poets themselves, thanks to historical recordings by E.E. Cummings, Carl Sandburg, and Edna St. Vincent Millay. Colorful animation and real-life footage of children keep young viewers engaged and focused on the program. Perhaps most impressive are the interludes between poems in which some precocious kids ranging from 6 to 8 years old present their ideas about individual poems and the art form of poetry. These youngsters have an impressive grasp of the meaning behind the poems and they express their thoughts in a simple, straightforward manner. From the mouths of children come wise reflections that describe poetry as a piece of art, music, and joy and haiku as not necessarily about what you see, but about how you look at things. Adults and children alike will enjoy this collection of great poetry. (Ages 3 and older) --Tami Horiuchi

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Poetry For Kids Comes To Life November 10, 2011
Reading poetry to my children is something I have been doing since they were babies and was so happy when I learned that their school is really into poetry and having kids display their work. When I heard that HBO Family and The Poetry Foundation collaborated to present A Child's Garden of Poetry, I was thrilled.

Like songs, poetry is something that really speak to people on an individual basis. There is a feeling you get when you hear a poem or a song which to me is really poetry to music.

This presentation takes some of the best poems and puts them to animations. My kids and I adored the visuals accompanied by voice overs of some amazing performers like Dave Mathews, Claire Danes, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Liam Neeson and others make this a great DVD for kids and adults. My children especially loved the clips of kids reciting their favorite poems and what the poems mean to them. As children do, they are candid and speak from the heart. Truly an adorable DVD.

My personal favorite was The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost read by Philip Seymour Hoffman. Loved it!

Children and adults will love watching the poems come to life!

Another great moment is all the children painting to a poem by E.E. Cummings.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspires Creativity November 8, 2011
Adore this video! I found it to be very well done and inspiring. My favourite things about the DVD.

The stars and authors were not actually in the production, they just read for it. I like's about the poetry, NOT the actors.

The children were engaging as were their thoughts and ideas regarding poetry! I like that they weren't "actor" kids!

The art is amazing and makes each poem come to life. I also like the words coming on screen so children can see the words not just hear them.

I like that the children interviewed were all ages and nationalities. One poem was signed for hearing impaired.

This video is sure to inspire all ages!!

I received this DVD (happily!) from the publisher to review, for my opinion (good or bad).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best video in the best line of toddler videos I've found December 25, 2013
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This is in the family of the "Classical Baby" HBO produced videos, which I also love. The production quality is quite good and I much prefer these to the low production value Einstein series. I don't think watching toys is more developmental than listening to great poetry or music, or seeing works of art (the Classical Baby videos). I highly recommend these - our 1yo has been watching these since he was probably 6 months old (yeah, I know it's not-advised before 1). He LOVES them and I don't mind watching them either. Beautiful poems, excellent narration, and calming animation to go along with it.

If someone asked me what single video they should buy for a 6-24 month old, this would definitely be my recommendation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal Introduction to Poetry July 11, 2012
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This is a great introduction to poetry for kids. They selected a good combination of diverse poems. The different voices of the readers, the graphics that are interesting but not overboard, and all the kids who are interviewed are all valuable. I think that a younger kid (4 or 5 years old), who cannot quite grasp the poetry part of this yet, will be intrigued to see these kids talking about poetry and how special it is to them. That will draw them in more than anything else here, and as they get older, hopefully they will come to appreciate the poetry itself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Accessible Introduction to Poetry September 10, 2013
By Lauren
I am an English teacher at an alternative high school and teach a class with students of all different ability and grade levels. I have twice used this DVD as a fun, yet insightful introduction to poetry-- what it looks like, sounds like and what purpose poetry serves. It makes poetry, which many students believe is stuffy and only for the most literate among us, seem within reach, seem 'doable' and even enjoyable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
More than 5 stars worth. Beyond delightful. Creative, imaginative. Great voices, wonderful selections to hear and see. The kids are impressive in their grasp and ability to talk about poetry - the depth of understanding and the ability to articulate both the understanding and how poems make them good that I had to stop the dvd a few times to take it in. The adult voices - actors and the poets themselves - and the voices of the kids mesh perfectly. Am ordering a copy for a birthday gift for a 6 year old and would not object if someone gave me a copy for my birthday. A half hour of pure delight.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very well done. January 28, 2012
By A.
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This film was done with charm and grace, giving the kids a sweet window to poetry.. I personally prefer the earlier version of it (classical baby- I'm grown up now- the poetry show ) but my 2 (!!) year old enjoys both a lot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Out of the Mouths of Babes January 14, 2012
I LOVED this video. It is put together masterfully and with the great simplicity needed to do justice to both children and to poetry. The poems and the animation were wonderful but what really blew me away were the children who commented on the poems and on poetry in general. They are so wise and sensitive. It was an honor to hear and see them. You can go to the website (part of the HBO website) for this video and download a lovely booklet with most of the poems and some of the graphics. I hope to use this video with some older adults I teach from time to time. I know they will love it too.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
My 7 yr old has been watching for years and will probably watch for a long time to come! I do try to expose her to poetry, all types of music, dance, etc and these films really... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Laura
5.0 out of 5 stars cute video
My daughters especially love watching the kids discuss the poetry. My 4 year-old has learned many poems. Great product. Will give as gift to others.
Published 9 months ago by Yvonne Nichole Farrington
5.0 out of 5 stars Poetry for the ages!
I have been looking for this since I saw it on television in 2011 and I was so delighted with it I ordered one as a birthday present for a friend. Incredibly fast delivery too. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Janet Bonner
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful for the car
Bought this for a long trip and now the kids not only beg to listen to it even around town, but are reciting poetry! Wish I could find more!
Published 15 months ago by j g
5.0 out of 5 stars It is fantastic!
I loved the video and I hope more of this kind of work with children and teens and literature are produced.
Published 17 months ago by Gabriela Rodella
5.0 out of 5 stars Adorable.
My 3 year old loves rhyming. Perfect fit for us. He really enjoys watching it before nap. give it a try.
Published 18 months ago by jd
5.0 out of 5 stars Best children's DVDs on the market
We have the whole HBO for Kids DVD collection. Our 2 year old daughter watches them before going to bed. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Aaron Heilbrun
5.0 out of 5 stars A Child's Garden of Awesome!
My son loves this. We play it for him every night before he goes to bed. They have included a great selection of poems
Published 19 months ago by Nicholas A Breault
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous for Young Children
Terrific for introducing kids to poetry.The pace and level is really geared to exposing children to an early understanding of the beauty of poetry.
Published 19 months ago by Priscilla Walton
5.0 out of 5 stars MY MOST ENJOYABLE 30 MINUTES IN YRS
Published 21 months ago by Leslie Ralph Berger
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