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Forget-Me-Nots: Poems to Learn by Heart Hardcover – April 3, 2012

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For those who lament that young people are no longer taught to memorize poetry, here’s a handsome compendium of verse well suited to that purpose and chosen with children in mind. The Children’s Poet Laureate from 2008 to 2010, Hoberman chose 123 poems that are memorable in both senses of the word. They’re “easy to remember” (though she concedes that the longer ones will take more time) and “worth remembering.” In an appended section, she discusses an approach to learning poems by heart, making the process a game with a specific prize: owning the chosen poem and keeping it for a lifetime. The selection of verse is broad, representing 57 poets, including Alarcón, Belloc, de la Mare, Esbensen, Frost, Greenfield, Grimes, Hoberman, Lear, McCord, Milne, Sandburg, Silverstein, Stevenson, Tolkien, and Worth. Created using pencil, watercolors, and pastels, Emberley’s appealing illustrations brighten every page of this large-format book. A handsome anthology of poems that children can learn by heart. Grades 3-5. --Carolyn Phelan

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* "A multidimensional and thoughtful cross section of verse with keepers on nearly every page."―Publishers Weekly, starred review

* "A treasure trove of the familiar and the fresh...A wonderful gift book for poetry lovers, but even children who have never considered learning a poem by heart will find much to love here."―The Horn Book, starred review

* "A readaloud treasury or readalone delight...[and] an ideal spur for memorization and recitation in any setting....Emberley's art is an unassuming wonder, a playful masterclass in using the page to support and extend the verse visuals."―The Bulletin, starred review

"[A] joyous collection."―The New York Times Book Review

"Emberley's appealing illustrations brighten every page of this large-format book. A handsome anthology of poems that children can learn by heart."―Booklist

"A wonderful addition to any collection."―School Library Journal
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Gift edition (April 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031612947X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316129473
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.8 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #412,988 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When you first cast your eyes on this work you will automatically think - Ah, another anthology of children's nursery rhymes/poems. I did that and it was a big mistake! This is NOT a collection of poetry meant exclusively for the wee ones; no, no, no! Mary Ann Hoberman (Former Children's Poet Laureate) has put together a collection of poems which are specifically chosen to be learned by heart - as the title of the book would indicate. Between the covers of this wonderful volume we find around 130 extremely diverse works of poetry that will please almost everyone no matter their age.

Just a quick glance through this one will reveal works by Ogden Nash, Ezra Pond, Carl Sandburg, J.R.R. Tolkien, Mary Ann Hoberman, Robert Frost, A.A. Milne, Gertrude Stein, James Thurber, William Carlos Williams, Emily Dickinson and many, many, many others. Folks, we are talking some very heavy hitters from the world of the written word and poetry here! Some of the poets you will have never heard of but that dose not make the poems any less desirable or are inferior in anyway to those of the authors mentioned above. To be honest, I did not find one poem in this entire work that did not delight me. Many of the works here were old favorites dating back to my childhood while other where clean and fresh and simply wonderful.

The one binding factor found here is that all of these poems are simply meant to be memorized. They are the sort that once read a few times will go around and around in your head...much as a favored song or tune. The author has arranged these selected works from the short and simple to the longer and more complex. The selection of style and methodology is extremely diverse. There is literally something in this work for everyone!
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I have had a love of poetry most of my adult life. I am most familiar with Asian poetry, even though I love all kinds of poetry, with the exception of free-verse. Even though this 8 1/2 by 11 hardcover book is aimed at grade school level students; nevertheless, anyone interested in learning poems by heart will find this volume an excellent value. In fact, this is the type of book teachers of young children will also love to use in their classes. It presents the topic in a fun and interesting way, which is important when teaching children.

This text has short and long poems from a wide range of famous poets, as well as from poets not familiar to most people. Some of the selections include: Robert Louis Stevenson's "Rain" Emily Dickinson's "A word is Dead" Carl Sandburg's "Primer Lesson" and Gwendolyn Brooks "Marie Lucille."

My only criticism of this book is how it is organized. It should have placed the "Some suggestions for learning poetry by heart" section in the first chapter rather than all the way at the end of the book. However, this does not take away from the benefits of reading this book of poetry.

In conclusion, this book will be of interest to students and teachers of poetry.

Rating: 4 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Haiku Moments: How to read, write and enjoy haiku)
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Children need to learn to memorize ... and what better way than with poetry ... the earlier they start to hear these same poems over and over, the easier it will be for them to remember. Great for bedtimes.
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I bought this book for my granddaughter's 5th birthday. I love it so much that I want one for my grandsons and even one for myself. The poems are delightful and the illustrations are great.
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My five year old granddaughter is a smart child, but found this a bit above her level, so my daughter-in-law will wait a couple of more years and try it again.
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There are a few poems in here that are easily memorized and lovely to listen to, e.g. Jenny Kissed Me and Fog; but most are just not good. My favorite is The Golden Book of Poetry edited by Jane Werner, but it's only available as collector's editions.
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The kids loved it. The five year old opened it and sat and read it for the rest of the evening!
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