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Poems to Learn by Heart Hardcover – March 26, 2013
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This collection plants such seeds. Caroline Kennedy (yes, that Caroline Kennedy) has thoughtfully chosen more than 100 poems to inspire, celebrate, and appreciate. There is a range of topics covers, from powerful emotions to "ordinary" moments. Beautifully illustrated, this is a book to dip into again and again.
There's something here for all ages. And some little poems, only a few lines long, will be fun to recite from memory at the dinner table or in line in a store. The only change I would make is to add more poems of melancholy that examine pain and loss.
I hope parents will SLOW down, sit by their children's beds, and read aloud all of these poems together. Twenty some years ago, when my son was in the second grade, he was in love with Kipling's "The Jungle Book." When talent day rolled around, he memorized and couldn't wait to recite his favorite passage. And so he did. And though he grew up to far greater accomplishments throughout the years, I look back with pride at that small red-headed boy on that immense stage.. brave and fierce... reciting those two wordy pages from Kipling... and I glow with happiness. It's noteworthy that today he can barely remember it at all... but what he DOES remember are the happy times of reading poetry and prose... together and out loud... and how it left him with a profound love of language.
The author did the work of selection for us already in the admirable little volume. One just has to savor the words and embrace the slow, rich pleasure of simple poetry. Perhaps you will even gift your children with a longer attention span, but if not, you will give them priceless, living memories that will linger forever. This is a book you will want to keep and pass on to the next generation.
This is a great survey of different writers so you can get a feel of what you want to read next. It even included the Shakespeare Crispin speech.
What I found fun is remembering the different movies and books that contain the poems in passing. I had been watching "The Nine Tailors" and never realized what they were referring to when they talked about "Young Lochinvar" until I read this book. I am sure you will also have revelations.
Do not over look the paintings by Jon J Muth; as they add to the experience. I was also surprised that this is a Disney publication.
Alas, it's only shortcoming was that it didn't include the shortest ( think) poem in the Enlish language:
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is my 3rd book of poetry collections by Caroline Kennedy. This one is beautifully illustrated and the selection of poems is wonderful!Published 14 days ago by Carla D. Garber
I sat in Barnes & Noble yesterday going through their children's poetry books to select one for my grown daughter's family. We both have a great love of literature. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Annie
The ultimate baby gift for the person that has generations of baby stuff. A good pre-baby gift too. Fun for the giver. I got to remember reciting and reading to my kids.Published 3 months ago by cc clark
If you have children you want this book. Truly a great gift from Caroline Kennedy.Published 7 months ago by Donald McGrath
For anyone that loves poems, this is awesome. Bought for son's teacher who teaches and promotes and loves poems. Great poems from various authors. Great collection.Published 7 months ago by C - Mama Likes To Read Book Blog