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The Golden Books Family Treasury of Poetry Hardcover – July 22, 1998


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Golden Books (July 22, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307168514
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307168511
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 7.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #390,653 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Many will remind you of your own childhood.
Q. Hess
I am going to buy each of my own children one and one for my favorite nieces and nephews.
G. R. Fry
In elementary school, I began to read it myself.
J. Tucker

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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 13, 1999
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I grew up with the original edition of this book, and so was deligted when I saw that it had been re-issued. However, I was dissapointed with the new version. As I see it, there are several problems. The first relates to Leonard Marcus' new introduction--which ironically seems perjorative in places towards Untermeyers' original efforts. Secondly, the editors have removed several poems in the interests of political correctness. Lastly, the slick paper coupled with the darker printing has compromised the Joan Augland art. I will give this to my daughter, and keep looking on ebay for the original.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 9, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I was given this book at age 7 or 8: one of my first "big kid "books that wasn't a hand-me down from my sisters. No one had to make me read poetry,after that!I adore the illustrations; they just seem so perfect for each poem! There are dozens I can still recite from memory.
When my son was 4, I got the book out of storage and read him, "The Highwayman"- and he was hooked! We rode with Paul Revere and asked each other: "I'm nobody! Who are you?" When my daughter found an abandoned nest of baby birds and we knew they would die- we read "Four Little Foxes" and grieved together, and later laughed over "The Owl Critic." These poems and drawings are like old friends to us all.
After all these years, it's rather the Velveteen rabbit of the bookshelf: pages dog-eared and falling out from years of use. I am ordering a new copy for my daughter's 12th birthday (don't pay attention to the age range listed for the book) so she'll have a copy to pass on to her children. It's just a wonderful selection of all types of poems, sure to please the children AND the adults who read to them! Start tonight!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By G. R. Fry on January 5, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I am so happy that they have reissued this book! I have waited for years hoping that they would. I received this book as a child and read it so much that it fell apart. I am going to buy each of my own children one and one for my favorite nieces and nephews. Poems of naughty and nice children, tongue twisting limericks, poems for every month and season are all included. If you need a sample of any great American poet look no further than this book. I am someone who loves to read and when people ask me about my favorite book this book is the winner no matter how old I get.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Steven Bignell on June 27, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful anthology, but while Amazon's notes indicate an age appropriate level of 4-8, it is much more appropriate for adolescents. The humor, the epic poems, the vingettes of life are a great introduction to poetry for young people. Paul Revere's Ride, for example, is best read by upper elementary or middle school students who know some Colonial History.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Q. Hess on July 17, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Incredible book of poetry for children and adults alike. Timeless selections. Many will remind you of your own childhood. This collection should be required reading in all schools. Also, the illustrations are most memorable and will capture young imaginations. I'm so glad to have rediscovered this book after over 3 decades!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gambytt@aol.com on December 14, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I have been looking for another copy of this book for years - my old original has literally fallen apart from use. Most of the poems here are old friends. Introduce young people to Custard the Dragon, and the accessible parts of Shakespeare, and The Highwayman, and Kipling and ..... well, you get the picture. I'll be buying copies for myself (I'm considerably older than 8!), and for my nieces, and god daughter. O frabjous day!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Rickettson on April 8, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book is an excellent book of poetry for all ages, but especially for children ages 9 to 15. I had the original version of this book when I was a child, and I absolutely loved it. I must say that the original version of the book, The Golden Treasury of Poetry (copyright 1959), is better, because the illustrations are printed in blue, brown and green rather than just the black of the newer version. Also, the pages of the original are heavier, and the original includes about five poems which should not have been removed in the newer version. However, if the original is not available, I would buy this new version in a heartbeat. It is a wonderful introduction to classic poetry.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 7, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I have been looking for this book for years. When my house burned down my copy was saved, but without the cover and first few pages. I didn't remember the title and am so excited that I finally found it. This is a must read for anyone of any age. Reading it brings back so many wonderful memories. My boys' favorites are Wynken Blynken and Nod and the tale of Custard the Dragon. I highly recommend this to any one.
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