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Poetry for Young People: Robert Frost Paperback – April 1, 2008
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Still, I'm glad I bought it for her.
His sister stood beside him in her apron
To tell them ‘Supper.’ At the word, the saw,
As if to prove saws knew what supper meant,
Leaped out at the boy’s hand, or seemed to leap—
He must have given the hand. However it was,
Neither refused the meeting. But the hand!
The boy’s first outcry was a rueful laugh,
As he swung toward them holding up the hand
Half in appeal, but half as if to keep
The life from spilling. Then the boy saw all—
Since he was old enough to know, big boy
Doing a man’s work, though a child at heart—
He saw all spoiled. ‘Don’t let him cut my hand off—
The doctor, when he comes. Don’t let him, sister!’
So. But the hand was gone already.
The doctor put him in the dark of ether.
He lay and puffed his lips out with his breath....
Anyway, I did not want my young nieces' and nephews' first exposure to this author to include this poem about a boy cutting his hand off and spilling blood everywhere. I suppose it could be valuable as a cautionary tale...but I didn't wish to alarm or offend the parents so I did not give them out. It's kind of funny actually...not the poem but this little story!
I personally always hated this poem! But that's just my personal opinion....
"The Cow in Apple Time" gives the cow some personality by telling how she left the boring old pasture in search of something sweet and perhaps it wasn't a good idea because she ends up with an upset stomach and her milk runs dry.
"A Prayer in the Spring" talks about the end of winter and the beginning of spring. It tells about the dreariness of winter coming alive with the colors of spring and the changes that must take place as time changes.
Another of his poems from the book is "Now Close the Windows" is similar to "A Prayer in the Spring" because it's about change, but it's the change from warmer days to the coming winter.
If I had to pick a favorite from this book, it would have to be "The Last Word of a Bluebird" because it personifies the crow and the bluebird. The crow speaks about the bluebird who is flying south for the winter. The bluebird left a message for a young girls and it shows concern for the girl to take care to stay warm and not get sick. He also says he will be returning in the Spring when the weather turns warm again.
Of the Frost poems I already knew, The Road Not Taken and The Mending Wall were included (of course!), but Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening was not. Thankfully, I already have an illustrated version of that anyway! To be honest, reading through this collection didn't really garner me any new favorites; the three I already knew remain my favorites. But, I do want to introduce my children to poetry, and this book is a good vehicle for that. I'll plan to read through this with my 2 older children (almost 8 and 6) this school year. There is a high likelihood that I will also acquire other books in the series.
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My mother had bought this for me, and I read from it too my son since he was born. Now I've purchased it for his about-to- be born son. Read morePublished 9 days ago by K. Celata
Loved these group of selected poems as a child in school. Glad to have a chance to read them to my kids.Published 4 months ago by Kate
Good illustrations and explanation of each poem. Great for the budding poet in your family, but be prepared to explain some of the old-time sayings to younger readers.Published 10 months ago by J. Watson
excellent collection, beautiful watercolors; all in all, a lovely book gifted to my granddaughter.Published 15 months ago by karen
I was disappointed that this excellent book which is an ideal baby gift did not come in hardcover.Published 15 months ago by music