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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; Ill edition (November 4, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416939717
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416939719
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.9 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #212,623 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Starred Review. Grade 2–5—This grand and varied anthology contains an impressive number of old favorites and newer selections. Grouped by theme, such as animals, nature, feelings, school, family, and nonsense, the poems represent an appealing range of humor, pathos, and meditative wonder. Though many of the offerings have been widely anthologized, it's always nice to come across classics by Robert Louis Stevenson, Christina Rossetti, Eleanor Farjeon, and Emily Dickinson. Their poems, along with newer works by Mary Ann Hoberman, Dennis Lee, and Aileen Fisher, among others, are paired with illustrations crafted by an eclectic range of distinguished children's picture-book artists including Ashley Bryan, Lois Ehlert, the Dillons, Chris Raschka, Steven Kellogg, and Dan Yaccarino. There is a smattering of poems by Robert Frost, and tributes to Bill Martin, Jr., from Eric Carle and Steven Kellogg. Five of Martin's poems are included as well. The nine poems in the food chapter represent a savory mix of whimsy and laugh-out-loud humor, including Louis Phillips's "On Eating Porridge Made of Peas," John Ciardi's "Mummy Slept Late and Daddy Fixed Breakfast," and Jack Prelutsky's "Herbert Glerbett." This finely crafted, accessible collection should resonate with a wide audience of readers; it deserves a place in most schools and libraries.—Marilyn Taniguchi, Beverly Hills Public Library, CA
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From Booklist

The almost 200 selections in this big handsome anthology, created by Martin Jr. and published posthumously with Sampson’s help, have a singing beat that will turn even young kids on to what Steven Kellogg calls the “music of language.” The collection brings together poems from Robert Frost, Christina Rossetti, Langston Hughes, Nikki Grimes, Aliki, Jack Prelutsky, and many other well-known poets. Accompanying the poems are pictures from many of the best picture-book illustrators, whose work, often in the artists’ signature styles, extends the words' lyrical rhythms and playfulness. The pages are spaciously designed and organized into thematic sections, such as animals, people and places, school, nonsense, family, and feelings, closing with a big final group of Mother Goose rhymes. This is a great gift book as well as a strong library and classroom anthology for browsing and reading aloud. Adults, in particular, will enjoy Eric Carle’s moving introduction. Preschool-Grade 3. --Hazel Rochman

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This book has a varied selection of poems by different authors including Robert Frost.
Helen S. Lam
The poetry is a very enjoyable collection well worth the investment, but the illustration is what makes this book so wonderful!
UhOhBadDog
If you are looking for a good book to introduce poetry to your children at home or in the classroom, this is it.
Loretta W. Murphree

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Gail Cooke HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 2, 2008
Format: Hardcover
As a child I was a voracious reader and a collector of storybook dolls among other things. When I was grown, gone and married, Mom asked what she should do with all of my "things" (the obvious hope being that I would send for them). No, I just asked if she would give them away. She did this, albeit reluctantly, save for some books.

There was a time when I thought that was sentimental but unnecessary as I'd never ever look at those books again. Wrong! It's been a joy for me to share my childhood favorites with my children, and these books are known in our family as "keepers." I'd like to suggest that this Big Book of Poetry is a "keeper" for this generation of young readers.

Martin has collected almost 200 of his favorite poems from such diverse authors as Robert Frost, Mother Goose, Emily Dickinson, Langston Hughes, and the ever popular Anonymous. The verses are divided into ten chapters with a Foreword by Eric Carle and an afterword by Steven Kellogg. Some of the poems will be familiar to you, others will be happy discoveries.

Each poem is accompanied by a colorful illustration by such noted artists as Chris Raschka, Lois Ehlert, and Steven Kellogg. Wait `til you see the illustration accompanying Norman Norton's Nostrils!

Young readers will return to this volume again and again - it's a "keeper"!

- Gail Cooke
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Beldini VINE VOICE on January 14, 2009
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I've bought several books of kids poetry before and they have not been a hit. My son can't close the book fast enough when I bring one out. But we both loved this book. Becuase the poems are grouped in themes, he felt like he was getting stories read to him -- and he would ask for one more page. Because the poems are really wonderful, I don't mind reading them over and over. And anything by Eric Carle is huge in our house. Good book -- give it a look!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By James Choma VINE VOICE on December 4, 2008
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Bill Martin Jr. is the author of the ever-popular "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?" -- one my three year-old daughter's favorite books. So when I saw this book of poems selected by Bill, it was a must-have.

I was immediately impressed with the beautiful artwork -- page after page of colorful, delightful pictures accompanying each poem. At first I was a little disappointed with the selection of poems, primarily the brevity of certain ones. I later came to realize this was actually a very good thing, as my daughter began to find favorites she could read out loud.

There are several sections to this anthology -- family, animals, seasons, and Mother Goose, to name a few. Peppered throughout are bits of prose and poetry from authors I'm familiar with (Sandburg, Frost, and Dickinson), but I found the majority to be new to me. Again, not a bad thing, because as we read, I had quite a few "Oh, yeah, I know this... so that's who wrote it!" moments.

There are many good poetry books out there to hold kids' interests, but if you're looking for a poetry book for a three to five year-old that's intellectually and visually stimulating, Bill Martin Jr.'s "Big Book of Poetry" is definitely one to consider.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. A Magill VINE VOICE on January 22, 2009
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Children's books written in verse seem to be making a come back. Works like Brian Lies "Bats at the Beach" remind us of the wonder and pleasure we all took as children in wonderful rhyming books. Yet too often, people underrate their children's ability to appreciate poetry.

This tremendous treasure of a volume brings back so many wonderful memories of the poetry my parents read to me and offered me the opportunity to read with my children and grow their love of language. To the editor's credit, he did not choose a selection that in any way reads "down" to children, but with poems by Frost, Dickenson, Hughes, and Stevenson, instead sought to lift them up to wonderful heights.

Will your child love all of these poems? Of course not. What he or she will however enjoy is the diversity of the pieces. Moreover, the varied and beautiful illustrations are sure to move even the smallest imagination to new flights of wonder.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By L. Wilde VINE VOICE on December 18, 2008
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If you are a lover of poetry then a quick flip through this collection of poems will bring you face to face with old and new friends. If however, the last time you read poetry was when you were still a child in school then this book may just chide you into thinking, "why did I ever stop?"

If you're unsure whether or not to order this book, stop right now and put it into your cart. I can't imagine anyone being disappointed with such a delightful tome. (and no, I'm not being paid to say that - it's just my honest opinion.) You can't tell from just the picture above but this book is chock full of poems; it weighs in at over 2 pounds worth! Although you *could* sit down and just read it from cover to cover, it's so much more fun to just open the book *anywhere* and just start reading. The poems are divided into categories so you could easily find yourself among a group of poems about animals or a chunk of poems about food or a cornucopia of poems about holidays and seasons or a gaggle of poems full of nonsense and silliness.

Then there are the illustrations . . . oh the pictures! From just as diverse a group of artists as the poems are from distinct authors, each poem's page is decorated with the artwork of notable childrens illustrators as well. Your child will get exposure to many different forms of illustration to illuminate the words on the page.

Each time I open this book I "discover" something new inside, something to bring joy and delight to me and my child. I've had this book for a while now and I *still* keep finding fun new things to enjoy. It's certainly hard to say who loves this book more, me or my child. However, any book that continually brings a smile to both our faces is a true winner.
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More About the Author

Dr. Michael Sampson is a New York Times best selling author of 22 books for young children, including Chicka, Chicka, 1, 2, 3 and The Bill Martin Jr Big Book of Poetry. He has also written books on emergent literacy (The Pursuit of Literacy) and on literacy acquisition (Total Literacy: Reading, Writing, and Learning).

After teaching in the public schools, Sampson earned his Ph.D. in Reading at the University of Arizona, where he met and established a lifelong friendship and professional relationship with the late children's author and fellow literacy expert, Bill Martin, Jr. Together they wrote many popular books, including Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See? and Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See?

Today, Sampson travels the world, speaking at schools, book festivals, and conferences, where he is known for his high energy, entertaining performances.

Sampson lives in downtown St. Petersburg, where he teaches writing and research courses in the College of Education at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg.

Learn more about Michael at www.michaelsampson.com and
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Sampson

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