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A Family of Poems: My Favorite Poetry for Children Hardcover – September 1, 2005
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The other thing I love about this book is its integrity. This does not appear to be a random selection of poems chosen by an unrelated committee of people (like some of my other anthologies). As diverse as the poetry selections are, there is still something coherent about them -- they fit together and work together in a very satisfying way.
I highly recommend this book.
There are nonsense rhymes, but they seem to be the best ones; no doggerel here. And as you can see from this review's title, I was especially happy to see one particular poem represented. :)
However this really is not Kennedy's book. It truly belongs to illustrator Jon J Muth, who raises the bar on this anthology beyond a simple collection and into a spectacular emotional experience. His watercolor illustrations are gorgeous in their simplicity, often showing the original pencil sketches through the paint, but with an impressive level of detail, such as the individual buckles on a suitcase the size of a thumb. His illustrations are not always sensical or realistic, often going with the emotional flow of the selected poems and incorporating whimsical abstractions, like a man with a crown made of ice cream cones on his head. Often the text and the paintings work together in brilliant symbiosis, such as in his dark sunset for "These Are the Days When Birds Come Back" or the simple and smudgy peacock feather. His work is also admirable for including so many people of color as a matter of course, and not just for poems by minority authors.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A perfect pairing of an idea (have family members forgo birthday, mother's day, and other occasion cards and instead submit a favorite poem), favorite children's poems (which by... Read morePublished 16 days ago by Custom Box
great collection with beautiful illustrations, good for children of all ages as well as adults who enjoy a light dose of poetryPublished 6 months ago by Bernice H.
What lovely poems and I love the watercolors. Many pages are frameable!Published 11 months ago by PDill
such a thoughtful collection of poems with wonderfully vivid illustrations. our family will cherish this book forever.Published 16 months ago by HMLF