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Forget-Me-Nots: Poems to Learn by Heart Hardcover – April 3, 2012
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* "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
Top Customer Reviews
Just a quick glance through this one will reveal works by Ogden Nash, Ezra Pond, Carl Sandburg, J.R.R. Tolkien, Mary Ann Hoberman, Robert Frost, A.A. Milne, Gertrude Stein, James Thurber, William Carlos Williams, Emily Dickinson and many, many, many others. Folks, we are talking some very heavy hitters from the world of the written word and poetry here! Some of the poets you will have never heard of but that dose not make the poems any less desirable or are inferior in anyway to those of the authors mentioned above. To be honest, I did not find one poem in this entire work that did not delight me. Many of the works here were old favorites dating back to my childhood while other where clean and fresh and simply wonderful.
The one binding factor found here is that all of these poems are simply meant to be memorized. They are the sort that once read a few times will go around and around in your head...much as a favored song or tune. The author has arranged these selected works from the short and simple to the longer and more complex. The selection of style and methodology is extremely diverse. There is literally something in this work for everyone!Read more ›
This text has short and long poems from a wide range of famous poets, as well as from poets not familiar to most people. Some of the selections include: Robert Louis Stevenson's "Rain" Emily Dickinson's "A word is Dead" Carl Sandburg's "Primer Lesson" and Gwendolyn Brooks "Marie Lucille."
My only criticism of this book is how it is organized. It should have placed the "Some suggestions for learning poetry by heart" section in the first chapter rather than all the way at the end of the book. However, this does not take away from the benefits of reading this book of poetry.
In conclusion, this book will be of interest to students and teachers of poetry.
Rating: 4 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Haiku Moments: How to read, write and enjoy haiku)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Poem are good for kids to understand.
The book was in good conditions.
I would recommend it to elementary English Teachers.
Having always read poetry to my children and grandchildren I was a little disappointed in the book, although I consider that any poetry book is good for children! Read morePublished on January 3, 2014 by Amanda Kay
I was expecting poems by great writers. I do not want to memorize any of these poems. Good concept but simply not what it seems.Published on July 6, 2013 by Pearl Fisher
There is a great variety of selections in this book. It is new to us so we have much more to read. It will get a lot of use over the summer.Published on July 1, 2013 by Linda Boudreau
This is a lovely book. The selection of poem is thoughtful--and thought-provoking in some cases. The illustrations are marvelous. Very special.Published on May 10, 2013 by Mary Cahill
I was expecting fun short poems that I could memorize with my granddaughter. Most are too long and many are too "dark" for a child.Published on April 1, 2013 by C. Neely