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The Oxford Illustrated Book of American Children's Poems Hardcover – December 2, 1999

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Grade 2-6-According to Hall, "Poetry for our children began with Native American cradle songs, moved on to a rhymed alphabet, bloomed in the 19th century with 'A Visit from St. Nicholas,' expanded in the 20th, and continues with vigor into the 21st." In selecting poems from two centuries-and a bit more-the editor revisits his earlier, unadorned collection, The Oxford Book of Children's Verse in America (1985). Here, a smaller number of entries are presented in a large format pairing the poetry with an appealing array of black-and-white and full-color fine-art reproductions. Perhaps two thirds of the selections appeared in the earlier volume, and the chronological assembly includes a few newly chosen poems as well as many added poets, including e. e. cummings, Ogden Nash, and Gwendolyn Brooks. The newly added Native American pieces that open this book and the diverse voices of the late 20th century add a welcome dimension. There's a strong strain of humor throughout, but small quiet poems, lullabies, and odes to special moments are abundant, too. And, of course, there are those favorite story poems-John Greenleaf Whittier's "Barbara Frietchie," James Whitcomb Riley's "Little Orphant Annie," and Ernest Lawrence Thayer's "Casey at the Bat," among others. An inviting treasury for family and classroom sharing and an elegant gift book as well.
Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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This anthology begins with Native American cradle songs and such early classics as "A Visit from St. Nicholas" and "The Village Blacksmith" before it moves on to enduring favorites by great poets, including Langston Hughes, Carl Sandburg, and Robert Frost. It ends with poems by some of the best poets writing for children today: X. J. Kennedy, Karla Kuskin, Shel Silverstein, Jack Prelutsky, Sonia Sanchez, Lucille Clifton, Nikki Giovanni, Gary Soto, Pat Mora, Janet Wong, and more. In just a few cases the words are printed over elaborately colored paintings, and the poetry is lost; but, in general, the design is handsome, with thick paper, lots of white space, and archival illustrations that quietly convey a sense of the place and the time when the poem was written. This is a collection for reading aloud across generations, to give children a taste of what happens when, as David McCord says, "Books fall open / You fall in." Hazel Rochman
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (December 2, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195123735
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195123739
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 0.5 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #190,713 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Oxford Illustrated Book of American Children's Poems is a beautiful book. The selections of poems are excellent. There is a great variety of poems from nursery rhymes to poems for older children. The editor chose poems with strong imagery to be easily envisioned by all readers, not only children. The illustrations are exquisite. They are watercolor pictures with muted colors, beautifully composed and interesting to readers young and old. I purchased this book from an Amazon vendor and it did not disappoint. This book allows children to be exposed to great literature and to share it with a cherished reader. As a professor of Children's Literature, I'm glad I purchased it. I look forward to using it in my class soon.
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I bought this book to go with an American History cirriculum and we read a poem every couple of days. Under the author of each poem is the date in which they lived, so I can say stuff like, "oh look, this woman wrote this poem during the time when Abraham Lincoln was president" and it helps tie everything together for everyone. Also, the poems are great fun and not boring at all. It is a really good way to show kids that they can enjoy poetry.
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This is a wonderful collection of poetry for Children.
It has a good mixture of classic and modern poetry and of straight poetry as well as a few sillier or funnier pieces.
The poems also vary in length from a few lines to a couple of pages.
I have been reading this to my son since he was about two and a half and he enjoys it. It is a really nice introduction to poetry, language and imagery and has a wide enough choice that it isn't too serious or too silly.
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I'm reading this book aloud to my children and overall it's very nice. I like that the poems are in chronological order, though some of the modern ones are a bit odd. Many of the older poems are classics and very familiar. Some of the older poems also have 'dark' content that may be upsetting for very young children. I tend to have to skip over a line or two every few poems.
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This book was a required text for my English Lit class and I was slightly surprised when we read it. I thought this was going to be a book of poems written by one author when it's actually a collection of poems written by different authors. I'm sure there are at least one of your favorite poems from when you were younger in this book which is why I enjoyed it so much. All of the good poems were included in this book so you don't have to go out and by individual books. I will be keeping this to share with my future kids :)
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By bebemama on September 3, 2014
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Our 6 year old has learned to read with this book. Several of these were her favorite things to have read to her, and now she has her favorite to read to us. Beautiful poems, wonderful selection, mix of cultures and dialect offers interesting questions and discussion. A very pleasant discovery.
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A good collection for children and teens. Some poems have a more mature content, so either are best read with a parent, or by older readers.
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I love this book. I received it in excellent condition and am doing readings from it with my second graders for our end of year shows.
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