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Child's Introduction to Poetry: Listen While You Learn About the Magic Words That Have Moved Mountains, Won Battles, and Made Us Laugh and Cry Hardcover – May 6, 2003
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I believe my daughters, ages 10 and (almost) 6, will be entertained and inspired by this book for many years to come. Hopefully, it will spark an interest in kids to seek out further works of the poets included in this amazing introduction, discover others, and perhaps even create some poetry of their own!
I kept the book in the car, and my children took turns reading (aloud and to themselves). They looked forward to their poetry lessons, and even memorized a few poems on their own accord. My son read Poe's "The Raven," and commented, "I don't understand it, but it's scary, somehow." I found it fascinating that a poem writeen almost 200 years ago could frighten a modern-day child.
This book was a wonderful tool to pique my children's interest in poetry. I plan to buy or borrow other books on poetry to cultivate their budding interest.
I can't comment on the CD as it was no longer included in the library book. However, my children and I enjoyed this book so much that I will definitely purchase it soon.
Our only complaint is the reading of Lewis Carroll's Jabberwocky. It is somewhat flat and not at all as exciting as it could be.
Nonetheless, it is a great, rich, collection of beautiful poetry that your kids will enjoy. It truly is one of our favorites.
The CD, however, is terrible! The very first poem had us groaning and wanting to to turn it off. We skipped ahead to several of the other poems just to hear the recitations and found them all dull and laborious listening.
We will continue to use the book for our edification, but we will skip the CD.
The narrators' voices (one male and one female) are engaging and expressive. The illustrations in the book are colorful and include some history behind the poems. Not all of the poems are read on the CD and not all of the stories are read in their entirety, but instead there are excerpts of longer works, such as Edgar Allen Poe's "The Raven." I first borrowed this from the library and then bought it because we all loved it. It would make a great gift, too.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book contains a variety of information alongside of the poems, including word definitions, biographies and basic commentaries. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Nep
My grand daughter put her head on her mother's lap and was read to sleep from this book. Enjoyed by both and appreciated.Published 16 months ago by PfV
I am using the book in home schooling my 11 year old granddaughter in language arts. We are using this book to guide us this semester. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Hazel Barthel
Something for everyone and all ages. Love having in my library for grandchildrenPublished 19 months ago by mary o hutchinson
I ordered this for my Children's Literature class. It was delivered in perfect condition and proved to be a valuable resource that I will most definitely use in my own classroom.Published 19 months ago by Hailey Lane