Incredible book to introduce children to poetry.
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Parents, educators, librarians, and poetry enthusiasts have
wondered for years how to get children really interested in
poetry. Until now, there hasn't been a collection of poems
and poets that spoke directly to that elusive audience.
Poetry Speaks to Children cracks through that barrier
by packaging the best poems by the best authors along with a
CD-making the engrossing and often mischievous verses come
alive in the voices of many of the creators.
Poetry Speaks to Children reaches into the
world of poetry and pulls out the elements children love:
rhyme, rhythm, fun and, every once in a while, a little
More than 90 poems, for children ages six
and up, celebrate the written word and feature a
star-studded lineup of beloved poets, including: Roald Dahl;
J. R. R. Tolkien; Robert Frost; Gwendolyn Brooks; Ogden
Nash; John Ciardi; Langston Hughes; Sonia Sanchez; Seamus
Heaney; Canada's best-loved children's poet, Dennis Lee;
Rita Dove; Billy Collins; Nikki Giovanni and X. J.
On the accompanying CD, 52 of the poems are
brought to life-most read by the poets themselves-allow the
reader to hear the words as the poets intended.
Gwendolyn Brooks growl her rhyming verse poem "The Tiger Who
Wore White Gloves, or, What You Are You Are" with verve and
inflection-relaying the story of the striped cat who "rushed
to the jungle fair for something fine to wear," much to the
hoots of his jungle peers. Amid jeers, sneers and sighs, the
tiger eventually learns to be comfortable in his own striped
skin (or fur as it were!).
Follow Ogden Nash as he
tells of the brave little Isabel, who "didn't worry, didn't
scream or scurry" when confronted with a ravenous bear, a
one-eyed giant or a troublesome doctor. Her clever solutions
to problems ("She turned the witch into milk and drank her")
will keep even the most reluctant readers interested.
Listen to James Berry, who quells a little girl's
anxieties about her color by celebrating the marriage of
"night and light," emphasizing how all colors are necessary
in nature, in "Okay, Brown Girl, Okay."
page and tune in . . . kids won't be the only ones hooked!
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