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Piping Down the Valleys Wild Paperback – April 13, 1999


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Yearling (April 13, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440415829
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440415824
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #335,814 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Here is a treasury of favorite favorites, the poems that children find irresistable.... This will be a prized and popular anthology."—The Horn Book

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Here is a rich and varied collection of poetry for use by children, parents and teachers. The introduction includes advice on choosing poetry for children and reading poetry aloud.

"No other collection contains so many poems with so wide an appeal. This will be a prized and popular anthology."--Horn Book. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Most highly recommended for any age!
William Timothy Lukeman
Now, as a college professor, I read from the book often to inspire my student-teachers.
James E. Schwartz
I am delighted to see that I can still get the book for my grandchildren.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By amazon3131 on December 4, 2006
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We bought this in November for a precocious three-year-old friend of ours. She'll get it for Christmas... or a little after... if we can manage to let go of it by then. I've been reading it out loud to my husband while he's washing dishes. It's just the right mix of old favorites and things that are new to me -- and a remarkably low number of poems where you're left scratching your head and saying "Why'd they waste the ink on that one?"

The book itself is the cheapest of newsprint with a basic paperback binding. We may someday need to find a more beautiful copy, but in the meantime, "cheap" means that normal damage won't precipitate a crisis, and that's always an appropriate choice for a preschooler.

One last thought: If you're looking for a collection of poems for a family that strongly objects to Halloween or "magic," then you need to keep looking. While this book has many poems which refer to God and/or the Divine in one way or another (without being the least bit preachy), it also has a chapter of poems which talk about witches and goblins and other Halloween characters, as well as a few about fairies or other fanciful creatures. I found none of them offensive, and individual poems are easily skipped, but a few people on my gift list are particularly sensitive on this point, and it's well to know what you're getting into in advance.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 8, 1997
Format: Paperback
I treasured this book as a child. My allowance was usually spent on books, stuffed animals or candy. I don't really have anything left from my childhood spending sprees except a worn, fragile copy of Piping Down the Valleys Wild that I spent 95 cents for in the early 70s. This is the most wonderful collection of children's poems that I have ever come across. Both adults and children are brought to laughter at the antics of "Eat it Alll Elaine", "Catherine"s sharing of her mud cake, or the little boy in "Missing" asking Aunt Rose if she's seen his mouse. The poems are wonderfully visual and instilled in me a love of poetry that I still have today. This remains my all time favorite book of poetry and I'm glad it was re-issued so that I might share this gift with my son and give him his own copy to take with him.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James E. Schwartz on January 18, 2008
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This is, by far, the best book of children's poetry I've ever seen. I've owned my copy for over twenty years. I read almost every poem in the book to my children while they were growing up, and we memorized many of the poems. I used the book extensively in my classroom when I was an elementary teacher. Now, as a college professor, I read from the book often to inspire my student-teachers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marielle T. Poss on April 26, 2007
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My mother gave me this book when I was about five or six, and I learned many of the poems by heart. I still have my (very battered) copy and intend to pass it on to my own son, in the hope that it will inspire in him the same love of poetry that it did in me. An excellent introduction to poetry for any child - I am thrilled to learn that this wonderful book is still in print!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 3, 2003
Format: Paperback
This is a wonderful collection of poetry. Our children, ages 2 and 4, look forward to hearing selections from this book every night. It strikes a balance between poetry written for children and poetry written for adults without getting into anything too dark for young children. I highly recommend it.
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Now close to 45 years old, this wonderful anthology remains one of the best introductions to poetry for children that I know. Choosing equally between poems written specifically for children & those written for adults, editor Nancy Larrick demonstrates exquisite taste & intelligence in her selections. There's no writing down for young children, none of the overt cuteness that many adults mistake for a child's view of the world. A good deal of the poems are concerned with Nature, which can only be for the good in this age of digitally obsessed childhood. The emphasis is on emotion, personal experience, and particularly on empathy -- for other living things, for one's own imagination, for the beauty & wonder of existence itself. And while this is suitable for even very young readers, the poems don't shy away from sorrow & suffering at times, as this is also part of life. There's magic & joy, but also some sorrow, as it should be in a book that respects its readers. Besides, how can you not love a book that includes a poem like "The Jolly Woodchuck" in its pages? Most highly recommended for any age!
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