Poetry Speaks to Children (Book & CD) (A Poetry Speaks Experience) Hardcover – October 18, 2005
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- Publisher : Sourcebooks MediaFusion; Har/Com edition (October 18, 2005)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 112 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1402203292
- ISBN-13 : 978-1402203299
- Reading age : 8 - 11 years
- Lexile measure : NP
- Grade level : 3 and up
- Item Weight : 1.56 pounds
- Dimensions : 11.13 x 0.53 x 9.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #169,301 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Now my daughter has been listening to it every night before bed and often I play it early in the morning to gentle wake her before kindergarten.
There are some classic recorded poems here such as "The Raven" by Poe, "Jabberwocky" by Lewis Carroll, "The Tyger" by William Blake and "Casey at the Bat" by Earnst L. Thayer.
There are also some very nice multicultural poems recorded such as "Eagle Poem" by Joy Harjo, "The Negro Speaks of Rivers" by Langston Hughes, and perhaps my favorite poem in the collection "Okay, Brown Girl, Okay" by James Berry which is reassuring, touching, and can speak to everyone about what it's like to be different among other people.
Not all of the poems are included on the CD--some are just included in the book. Familiar poems and poets in the book only are "from Macbeth" by Shakespeare, "The Tale of Custard the Dragon" by Ogden Nash, "Frodo's Song in Bree" by J.R.R. Tolkien, "The Land of Counterpane" by Robert Louis Stevenson, from "The Bed Book" by Sylvia Plath, "Wynken, Blynken, and Nod" by Eugene Field, and "Letter to a Bee" by Emily Dickinson among many others.
In all there are 95 poems. Some of them recorded and/or published for the first time. The illustration are delightful and done by three different artist with different styles. They are Judy Love, Wendy Rasmussen, and Paula Zinngrabe Wendland.
This book/CD combo is a winner. It's very educational, fun, and will be enjoyed by the whole family.
Three of my favorites: #4 from More Opposites, by Richard Wilbur, starts: "What is the opposite of pillow?/The answer, child, is armadillo./"Oh, don't talk nonsense!" you protest./ However, if you tried to rest/ Your head upon the creature, you/ Will find that what I say is true." "The Reason I Like Chocolate," by Nikki Giovanni: "The reason I like chocolate/ is I can lick my fingers/ and nobody tells me I'm not polite// I especially like scary movies/ 'cause I can snuggle with my mommy/ or my big sister and they don't laugh// I like to cry sometimes 'cause / everybody says , "What's the matter/ don't cry"// and I like books/ for all those reasons/ but mostly 'cause they just make me/ happy// and I really like/ to be happy." And "The Unwritten," by W.S. Merwin, begins, "Inside this pencil/ crouch words that have never been written/ never been spoken/ never been taught// they're hiding/ they're awake in there/ dark in the dark/ hearing us/ but they won't come out/ not for love not for time not for fire" and concludes, "every pencil in the world/ is like this."
My kids, who are 13, 9, and 7, really enjoy this book and CD. I suspect that many (though not all) of the poems would be over the heads of preschoolers, but it's certainly a book to grow with! My only quibble is that the book presents only excerpts of three longer poems: "The Raven" by Poe, and "The Tale of Custard the Dragon" and "The Adventures of Isabel" by Ogden Nash. You should also be aware that not all the poems are on the CD; there are 95 in the book, but only 52 on the CD. Still, I'd consider this a "must have" for the bookshelf of any parent or teacher!