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From School Library Journal

Starred Review. PreSchool-K—Many collections of poems that purport to be for very young children are actually for primary graders. This oversize book really is for preschoolers. The poems, one per page, are arranged in four categories that encompass child's a world: "Me, Myself, and I," "Who Lives in My House?," "I Go Outside," and "Time for Bed." The poetry is witty, intelligent, and well crafted, and perfect for the target audience. The list of contributors reads like a who's who of children's poetry—Margaret Wise Brown, Nikki Grimes, Aileen Fisher, Jack Prelutsky, and others. Almost all of the selections have appeared in print before. Most of them are only a few lines long, and are printed in large informal type in a variety of colors that match the illustrations. The art was created using a wide range of mediums and techniques, and Dunbar blends them seamlessly to create charming images that are amazingly expressive. The children in them are carefree and happy and the book as a whole suggests a world that is safe and secure. Here's a Little Poem is a great way to introduce the youngest listeners to the genre.—Donna Cardon, Provo City Library, UT
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*Starred Review* With lots of hugs and kisses, as well as messy nonsense and uproarious action, this big, spacious anthology of more than 60 poems is a wonderful first book to read with babies and toddlers over and over again. As with nursery rhymes, the sounds of the words are a big part of the fun ("Oh soggy greens, I hate you / I hate your sloppy slush"), and so are the movements from dawn to bedtime, as in "Getting Dressed" ("You've one trouser leg / And two legs in it"). The clear, active, mixed-media illustrations show very young children outdoors and in; morning to bedtime; loving, teary, absurd, furious. The intense scenarios range from tantrums ("No! No! No! To everything!") and jealousy about the new baby ("What's she want another one for?") to slurpy kisses and lullabies. Many of the best children's poets are included, from Rosemary Wells and Mary Ann Hoberman to Jack Prelutsky; and there are adult poets too--Langston Hughes, Gertrude Stein, and more. Unlike in Mother Goose, the slapstick here is always child-centered, from "Mud, mud, glorious mud" to the unforgettable parody "Happy Birthday to you / Squashed tomatoes and stew." Hazel Rochman
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 and up
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 12
  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; 1St Edition edition (February 13, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763631418
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763631413
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 0.6 x 11.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,269 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By B. Greene on March 30, 2007
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This book was a gift to us. The first poetry book we've ever had. My 3-year old absolutely loves it. She can sit still and listen to it longer than any other book and she often remembers the poems and tries to say them back to me during the day. It really sticks with her. The illustrations are absolutely beautiful and charming and totally add to the experience. I would highly recommend this book to anyone with kids of any age - it makes a great gift. I'm certainly glad we received it. I'm going to get it for all my mom-friends.
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After reading a great review in the Detroit Free Press, I decided to purchase "Here's a Little Poem" as a gift for my nephew's newborn. When I received the book and read through it, I was reluctant to give it away so I ordered three more - one for me to treasure and two to have on hand for gifts.

The poems are written by various authors but have one common element - they are all short, most being 2 or 3 verses, and every one makes me smile.

There are some classic authors included (Robert Louis Stevenson and Margaret Wise Brown) but most I was not familiar with.

And ah, the illustrations! They are colorful, whimsical and joyous.

I believe that all children will love this collection. It is a perfect introduction to poetry and may well become a child's favorite book.
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I bought the book for my four-year-old great-granddaughter. The poem choices are charming and the illustrations are delightful. I showed "Here's a Little Poem" to neighbors in the senior complex where I live and sold four more copies. Two of the buyers are retired primary teachers; one is a retired librarian; I am a retired Professor of English. We all agree that this is the perfect introduction to poetry for little people.
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A wonderful, easy intro to children's poetry that will have parents enjoying it also. Great illustrations, too.
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The best poetry anthology for a three year old out there. I have a bunch of poetry collections but this is my favorite to read. All the poems are just the right length for a toddler and about stuff that would interest them. Lovely language. I'm proud my three year old goes around saying them to himself. He says the words make his body happy through his ears. Yay for poetry!
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I gave my 2, almost 3 year old this book for Christmas. She was very
taken with it from the start, and she declined to open more presents.
She said "No, I'm reading." We then read it before her nap, and she
loved it. Older children will like it too. She is taking the parts
she understands right now and the lovely illustrations. I know she will
treasure it for many years to come.Here's A Little Poem: A Very First Book of Poetry
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Bought it for my girls when they were four.
They *love* it. They have memorized several of the poems on their own and sometimes recite them spontaneously! To me, this is evidence that Jane Yolen has done a good job of collecting poems that resonate with little ones and inspire them to appreciate the magic of words. And I really enjoy reading it to them!
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For early readers and as an introduction to poetry, this book is your best choice! My daughter LOVED it. Since she first read it as a 4 year-old, finding how easy it is to read and even memorize some of them, she fell in love with poetry. Poems are funny and kids can relate to the experiences they talk about. Many have repetition or word games that encourage them to be more aware of their speech and the way the pronounce words. They learn that anything can be be turned into a poem and start to do it on their own. The silly-factor of the illustrations goes along with the humor of the poems in a way that makes the book ever more appealing to young children.
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