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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Series: A Poetry Speaks Experience
  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks MediaFusion; Har/Com edition (October 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402203292
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402203299
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 11.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 3-8–A fine, basic collection. Approximately half of the 97 selections are read or performed on the accompanying CD. The book provides a mix of adult writers (Rita Dove, Seamus Heaney, and Billy Collins, among others) and those whose work is specifically for children, such as X. J. Kennedy and Mary Ann Hoberman. Topics include childhood, animals, nonsense poems, and humor (including C. K. Williams's Gas, which dwells on the fact that FARTING IS FORBIDDEN!). The three illustrators have captured the different tones of the selections, from a comic portrait of the Jabberwock slayer wearing a colander and wielding a plunger and the wailing children in William Stafford's First Grade, to the moving paintings of a girl with flowers echoing the natural images of James Berry's Okay, Brown Girl, Okay. The CD gives children the opportunity to hear several of the poets, such as Robert Frost reading Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening and Langston Hughes reading The Negro Speaks of Rivers. They hear a variety of accents and dialects–an Irish lilt, New England inflections, or James Berry's lilting Jamaican-British voice. Readers of Roald Dahl's books will enjoy hearing him read The Dentist and the Crocodile, and fans of The Lord of the Rings books and movies will appreciate hearing Tolkien read Frodo's Song in Bree. Joy Harjo frames her Eagle Poem with a haunting vocalization that echoes its serious tone.–Barbara Chatton, College of Education, University of Wyoming, Laramie
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Gr. 3-5. Teachers will celebrate this wide-ranging collection of both classic and contemporary poetry, including selections from Robert Bly and Rainer Maria Rilke, who aren't often included in anthologies for youth. There's little organization, although similarly themed selections sometimes appear together (the witches' lines from Macbeth come just after Karla Kuskin's "Knitted Things," also about a witch, for example). Almost every poem appears on a heavily illustrated page, and the literal, cheerful, color illustrations of animals and young children often overwhelm the imagery in the words. The pictures are handsome, but they seem aimed mostly at a picture-book audience. Many selections, such as Mary Ann Hoberman's "Rabbit," are appropriate for picture-book readers, but a large proportion of the poems will be most enjoyed by older elementary students, who will be able to focus on the words and appreciate the magnificent selection. A CD containing audio tracks of the poems being read aloud, in many cases by the poets themselves, rounds out the package. Gillian Engberg
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Customer Reviews

The color illustrations are great and the voices varied.
S. Brainerd
The first thing I noticed about the book was the amazing illustrations by Judy Love, Wendy Rasmussen, and Paula Zinngrabe Wendland.
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I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to introduce young children to poetry!
Ranchwood

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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful By M. Levine on November 14, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I am an English teacher and had used Poetry Speaks when teaching poetry to my high school students. Poetry is meant to be heard, not just read, and who better to read it than the actual poets? When I found Poetry Speaks to Children at Bank Street Bookstore in Manhattan, I bought it for my sons (5 and 8) in the hope that I could spark their interest in poetry. Playing the CD seemed like a good way to introduce it to them without taking away from their beloved bedtime stories. I never thought they'd like it as much as they do. Every night after I turn out the lights, I let the CD play. They fall asleep to the sound of the poems, and in the morning, I am amazed by what they remember. My younger son cited two lines from the first poem, "Dig In" after only hearing it twice and talks constantly about the Jabberwock. They each have their favorites, and I'm sure they will develop new ones in time. I can't recommend this enough!
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Julia Harris on November 13, 2005
Format: Hardcover
My 4 and 6 year old really enjoy when I read to them from the book, but what they listen to all day is the CD! Since the book arrived, the CD has been playing non-stop. Who would have thought that poetry would replace disney songs? I am thrilled.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By S. Brainerd on November 11, 2005
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A great mix of poems that our children loved to listen to, following the spoken word on the CD along with the illustrations. I came home from work one day to see my 3 year old quietly listening and following along -- not a common site to see him this concentrated. The color illustrations are great and the voices varied. Recommended for long car rides!
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Timothy E. Ursiny on November 12, 2005
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I left this book on the family room table planning to give it to my 4 year old. However, he found it before I could give it to him and was completely captivated. He LOVED it! In fact, we had to leave a few hours later for an errand and he wanted to bring it in the car with him. That was even before we played the CD for him. This book is an incredible gift for children and hopefully will reignite an interest in poetry for all ages. You can't go wrong with buying this book; the illustrations are enchanting and the CD is wonderful.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Shonna Gariepy on February 8, 2006
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My kids, ages 5 and 19months LOVE this CD. They laugh together at the sillier poems and the inflection of the readers' voices and my daughter is always asking me to put this on. For myself, the gift is listening to the poets read their work, or have others read for them. Case in point: Basil Rathbone reading Poe. To hear the likes of Robert Frost read their work is magic in itself. This is perfect for children *and* adults, and is brilliant for those quiet evenings at home when you'd rather not have the television on.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Ranchwood on January 10, 2006
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I always loved poetry as a young child and I am trying to introduce my children to poetry as well (ages 11, 6 and 3). When I received this book and first looked through it I was very excited. It contains many of the poems that I loved as a child including "The Tyger" by William Blake, "The Land of Counterpane" by Robert Louis Stevenson, and "Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening" by Robert Frost. This book does not just contain poems by "dead" poets but more contemporary ones as well. There are over 100 poems with great illustrations.

An extra plus is the included CD with 52 poems read by 36 poets and artists. On the book page with the poem it will tell you what track the reading is on and who is reading the poem. Most are read by the poets themselves! I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to introduce young children to poetry!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By MovedbyMusic on December 14, 2005
Format: Hardcover
If you expose young children to rhythm and verse from a young age they carry it with them forever. This book makes an introduction to poetry easy. Poetry should be read out loud and every reader carries a different cadence. This cd/book gives anyone reading a chance to interpret the verse. Playing the cd gives kids an example of how to create the aura of the image with the words.

There are far too few books like this that give kids some insight into the creativity of constructive drama and aesthetic conduits of expression.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By D. Leger on April 27, 2006
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This is the best collection of poetry for children that I have come across, and I've been very picky. The selections are superb, ranging from contemporary western poetry by Billy Collins and the like to classics like the "Jabberwocky" and "Wynken, Blynken, and Nod". The CD is worth the price of the entire book, containing 60+ tracks, many of which are the poets reading their own work. What a joy it is to have J.R.R Tolkien, Langston Hughes, and Robert Frost read to my daughter! The illustrations are lovely, and each poem is fitted to the page (making for easy bedtime reading). Another pro for parents is that this book is light, so no heavy propping or daunting heft. It contains the absolute essentials and then some!

I recommend this book for the entire family. I am so happy to have this available for my daughter, and I often drive around listening to the CD in my car. It's a terrific collection.
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