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All the Small Poems and Fourteen More Paperback – October 29, 1996


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Square Fish; Reprint edition (October 29, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374403457
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374403454
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,787 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ages 4-9. This collected edition of the Small Poems series includes all the original 99 poems and illustrations (first published in four volumes) and also 14 new poems by Worth and illustrations by Babbitt. The new entries have the same beautiful combination of the precise and the tentative as do the earlier poems, finding in ordinary things Blake's universe in a grain of sand. The lines are very short, one or two words, and most are physically exact, whether describing the "tacky" heat of July (that feels like "Nap on a / Ripe peach") or the soft scraps of creased paper that come out of your pocket. Babbitt's small ink drawings embody the realistic and make us imagine much more. The final poem "book" is an astonishing climax, moving out from the five senses to the four corners of the world and then fitting it all "Exactly in." That's what art does. Hazel Rochman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Every bit as worth as their predecessors." --The Horn Book

"A virtual catalog of brief meditations on little earthly wonders-from "Amoeba" to "Zinnias"-rendered in characteristically simple yet exquisitely language and though." --Voice of Youth Advocates

"Ms. Worth brilliantly employs all aspects of the poet's craft...Like haiku, her poems are written in the present tense of one thing keenly observed, inviting readers to complete the picture." --Myra Cohn Livingston, The New York Times Book Review

"Valerie Worth's small, solid poems are consistently accessible but never condescending or compromising...The observations are sharp, matter-of-fact, fresh but unforced, and Natalie Babbitt's precise, understated drawings have the same virtues." --Pointer/Kirkus Reviews

"All the original collaborations between this poet and artist are collected in this volume, which includes ninety-nine poems and an additional fourteen new ones. The early works have been widely praised, for good reason, and the new verses are every bit as worthy as their predecessors...the book is a gift to cherish." --The Horn Book

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The late Valerie Worth is well remembered in this volume of nature poems.
N. C. Derham
I could have easily used a book of poems that were written for children using silly rhymes or phonetic structure.
Amanda Barnard
This book has short poems that students can get great ideas for their poetry writing.
Fran

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 19, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book is a great collection of poems about nature. My children love these poems, and they are great to teach with.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By N. C. Derham on February 7, 2003
Format: Paperback
The late Valerie Worth is well remembered in this volume of nature poems. They are short and sweet, with neat imagery. I used this book to help my daughter, a struggling reader, to read, by reading with her, and sometimes singing the poems as though they were lyrics.
Simple titles like "Pie" and "Toad" evoke a simple life...yet the poems stir the imagination, too: "The watering can rusts among friends." Mm. Natalie Babbit's line drawings complement the poems without fail.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Elaine Hawkes on June 3, 2006
Format: Paperback
My second grade students really enjoyed these poems. They were inspired to compose their own poems in our school's computer lab. Later, they illustrated their poems and we compiled them in a book for everyone to take home.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John D. Schaff on September 10, 2004
Format: Paperback
Valerie Worth's incredible perspective of finding beauty and interest in simple things is a great lesson for all of us. I use this book with my 10 and 4 year-olds and enjoy it as much myself as they do. If I take a moment to really bask in each poem's simplicity and attention to detail I glean much wisdom from the expertly chosen words. Porches, Zinnia's, Old Tom, Rosebush are just a few of my favorite.
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Format: Paperback
This book of poetry was on the NYS reading list for third grade so I ordered it. My third grade students enjoyed reading the poems in this book.
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By Doc W8 on July 23, 2013
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Valerie Worth writes crisp poems, short and sweet, which tell of the minutiae of everyday things. You will read, and then notice a new world has been opened to you. Probably aimed at children, but meaningful to all ages. I have all of her works!
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