A 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 (Child's Introduction Series) Hardcover – May 6, 2003
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- Lexile measure : NC1110L
- Grade level : 4 and up
- Item Weight : 1.58 pounds
- Hardcover : 96 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1579122825
- ISBN-13 : 978-1579122829
- Dimensions : 10.5 x 0.63 x 10.38 inches
- Publisher : Black Dog & Leventhal; HAR/COM edition (May 6, 2003)
- Reading level : Baby and up
- Language: : English
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- #468 in Arts & Humanities Teaching Materials
- #1,606 in Poetry for Early Learning
- #2,426 in Children's Reading & Writing Education Books (Books)
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I was a little disappointed with the CD’s first few recordings, so we ended up just reading the poems on our own. However, I am not an expert on reading poetry, so my opinion may have been off on how the readings should sound. I may try the CD again the next time I read through it with another child. Perhaps I’ll change my mind about it and change my review from four to five stars.
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.
I've read quite a few poetry books to my boys, but few of them really make any attempt to explain individual poems, let alone the conventions of poetry. I didn't want a poetry textbook, just a well-annotated introduction to poetry. On first glance I wasn't totally convinced that this would be very helpful, but now I am. Types of poetry, the jargon of poetry like "couplet" and "stanza," and lots of basic, famous poems are all explained—in a book that is pretty long, but not too long. The fact that my boys actually like the poems is the icing on the cake.
The accompanying CD is OK, but not really necessary if a parent or teacher is reading the poems to the children. Of course, if a child were motivated to read the book to him- or herself, then it would be useful.
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.