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Forget-Me-Nots: Poems to Learn by Heart Hardcover – April 3, 2012
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For those who lament that young people are no longer taught to memorize poetry, here’s a handsome compendium of verse well suited to that purpose and chosen with children in mind. The Children’s Poet Laureate from 2008 to 2010, Hoberman chose 123 poems that are memorable in both senses of the word. They’re “easy to remember” (though she concedes that the longer ones will take more time) and “worth remembering.” In an appended section, she discusses an approach to learning poems by heart, making the process a game with a specific prize: owning the chosen poem and keeping it for a lifetime. The selection of verse is broad, representing 57 poets, including Alarcón, Belloc, de la Mare, Esbensen, Frost, Greenfield, Grimes, Hoberman, Lear, McCord, Milne, Sandburg, Silverstein, Stevenson, Tolkien, and Worth. Created using pencil, watercolors, and pastels, Emberley’s appealing illustrations brighten every page of this large-format book. A handsome anthology of poems that children can learn by heart. Grades 3-5. --Carolyn Phelan
* "A multidimensional and thoughtful cross section of verse with keepers on nearly every page."―Publishers Weekly, starred review
* "A treasure trove of the familiar and the fresh...A wonderful gift book for poetry lovers, but even children who have never considered learning a poem by heart will find much to love here."―The Horn Book, starred review
* "A readaloud treasury or readalone delight...[and] an ideal spur for memorization and recitation in any setting....Emberley's art is an unassuming wonder, a playful masterclass in using the page to support and extend the verse visuals."―The Bulletin, starred review
"[A] joyous collection."―The New York Times Book Review
"Emberley's appealing illustrations brighten every page of this large-format book. A handsome anthology of poems that children can learn by heart."―Booklist
"A wonderful addition to any collection."―School Library Journal
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