From School Library Journal
Grade 2 Up–From the cover photograph of Kennedy as a toddler reading to her teddy to the red linen-textured endpapers; from her thoughtful introduction and words of encouragement to children at the beginning of each section of carefully chosen poems to Muth's beautifully executed watercolors, this volume is a treasure. In compiling the collection, Kennedy passes on her own family's tradition of creating a scrapbook of poems chosen by the children in lieu of gifts to their mother and grandparents. Divided by topic into seven sections, the collection is, indeed, a treasury of beloved poems written in a variety of styles by poets from many lands and generations, some more familiar than others, some unknown. Most of the soft-focus illustrations fill whole pages. The wide variety of artistic styles–ethereal, realistic, comical, energetic, sweet, romantic–matches the mood of the poems themselves. The 10 translated selections appear at the end of the volume in their original languages. This well-balanced anthology should be a first purchase for school and public libraries. Recommend it as a gift book for parents to share with their children, as well.–Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH
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Gr. 4-7, younger for reading aloud. The Best-loved Poems of Jacqueline Kennedy-Onassis
was a surprise best-seller, and this equally personal collection will also garner much attention. There's a varied selection here, though weighted toward old (in some cases old, old) favorites: Frost's "Stopping by Woods on a Snow Evening," a piece of Whitman's "Song of the Open Road," Sandburg's "Buffalo Dusk." Certainly some of those oldies, such as Ogden Nash's "The People Upstairs," have a rambunctious child appeal, and animal lovers will be glad to see cats and dogs represented in poems such as Dylan Thomas' "The Song of the Mischievous Dog." Among the contemporary poets included are Jack Prelutsky, Nikki Giovanni, and Sandra Cisneros. A short, delightful poem about the sea by a young Jacqueline Bouvier (Onassis) is tucked into the section entitled "Seashore." Other topical chapters include "About Me," "That's So Silly," and "Bedtime." Tying everything together are Muth's engaging watercolors, which are as adept in catching the humor of some poems as they are in reflecting the power of others. Children who might not readily take to poetry may be lured by art, which continually delights. Kennedy personalizes the book with an introduction. A roundup of foreign poems in their original languages and a first-line index are appended. Ilene CooperCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved