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In the tradition of Poetry Speaks, the anthology named a Best Book of 2002 by School Library Journal, and praised by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer as "a volume to delight longtime lovers of poetry and to spark new love for poetry, especially among the young," Sourcebooks MediaFusion is proud to introduce the joy of the written and spoken word in Poetry Speaks to Children. In the tradition of Poetry Speaks, the anthology named a Best Book of 2002 by School Library Journal, and praised by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer as "a volume to delight longtime lovers of poetry and to spark new love for poetry, especially among the young," Sourcebooks MediaFusion is proud to introduce the joy of the written and spoken word in Poetry Speaks to Children. 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 mischief. 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. Kennedy. On the accompanying CD, 50 of the poems are brought to life—most read by the poets themselves—allow the reader to hear the words as the poets intended. Hear 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." Turn the page and tune in . . . kids won't be the only ones hooked


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In the tradition of Poetry Speaks, the anthology named a Best Book of 2002 by School Library Journal, and praised by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer as "a volume to delight longtime lovers of poetry and to spark new love for poetry, especially among the young," Sourcebooks MediaFusion is proud to introduce the joy of the written and spoken word in Poetry Speaks to Children. In the tradition of Poetry Speaks, the anthology named a Best Book of 2002 by School Library Journal, and praised by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer as "a volume to delight longtime lovers of poetry and to spark new love for poetry, especially among the young," Sourcebooks MediaFusion is proud to introduce the joy of the written and spoken word in Poetry Speaks to Children. 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 mischief. 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. Kennedy. On the accompanying CD, 50 of the poems are brought to life—most read by the poets themselves—allow the reader to hear the words as the poets intended. Hear 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." Turn the page and tune in . . . kids won't be the only ones hooked

30 review for Poetry Speaks to Children (Book & CD)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Meagan

    My husband received this book as a gift for his first Father's Day. I have enjoyed reading it too as well as reading some of it aloud to our 7 month old. While we have a few other poetry collections for children, I specifically appreciate this one because it contains poems that address a wide range of emotions and experiences. It's not all "sweet" poems, but has ones that speak to fear, sadness, etc. in a non-patronizing way. The poets featured are mostly well-known, both classic and contemporar My husband received this book as a gift for his first Father's Day. I have enjoyed reading it too as well as reading some of it aloud to our 7 month old. While we have a few other poetry collections for children, I specifically appreciate this one because it contains poems that address a wide range of emotions and experiences. It's not all "sweet" poems, but has ones that speak to fear, sadness, etc. in a non-patronizing way. The poets featured are mostly well-known, both classic and contemporary. The teacher in me also notices that this would be a great resource for poems to study with elementary age kids.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Steph

    There are some very wonderful gems in here. The range of readers spans k-12. Individual poems are quite useful in developing units of inquiry. For example, "Snowmen" can be used with the water cycle, as well as with the 5th grade Memory Unit.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Precious Hill

    Overall this is a really good book. This book included poems from multiple poets and authors. This book also come with a CD of the authors and poets reading their poems. Can I tell that this makes this book an even greater read. The most favorite of them all is Why I like Chocolate by Nikki Giovanni. She too is on the CD reading her poem which's draw that much more into the poem. This book would geared towards pre-k thru 3rd or 4th grade maybe. I would suggest that this book is incorporated in c Overall this is a really good book. This book included poems from multiple poets and authors. This book also come with a CD of the authors and poets reading their poems. Can I tell that this makes this book an even greater read. The most favorite of them all is Why I like Chocolate by Nikki Giovanni. She too is on the CD reading her poem which's draw that much more into the poem. This book would geared towards pre-k thru 3rd or 4th grade maybe. I would suggest that this book is incorporated in class readings.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Bella

    Poetry Speaks to Children is a collection of poetry by various authors. It was illustrated by Judy Love, Wendy Rasmussen, and Paula Zinngrabe Wendland, and is most likely intended for children ages 7-12. Summary: Poetry Speaks to Children collects 95 of the best poems to read out loud to children. Evaluation: I rated this book 4 stars because it includes so many poems that are perfect for reading out loud accompanied by lively illustrations that really bring those poems to life. The collection was Poetry Speaks to Children is a collection of poetry by various authors. It was illustrated by Judy Love, Wendy Rasmussen, and Paula Zinngrabe Wendland, and is most likely intended for children ages 7-12. Summary: Poetry Speaks to Children collects 95 of the best poems to read out loud to children. Evaluation: I rated this book 4 stars because it includes so many poems that are perfect for reading out loud accompanied by lively illustrations that really bring those poems to life. The collection was illustrated by three different people, so there are a few distinct styles in it. The illustrations work very well with the text and even those children who cannot yet read would very likely enjoy looking at the book just for the pictures. I believe that this book would be very appealing for young readers because it has large, colorful text and illustrations, and each poem presents a different and entertaining challenge to read. When working with children, this book could be read aloud to a class, or older children could take turns picking out a poem to read to the rest of the class. After reading they could discuss which poems were their favorite to listen to, and compare that to which ones were the most fun to read aloud and why.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lora

    This book truly speaks to children :)! I have read this book many times. There is one poem that I keep reading because it's message is inspiring: "From The Adventures Of Isabel". My favorite lines have got to be the last ones: "Isabel met a troublesome doctor, He punched and poked till he really shocked her. The doctor's talk was of coughs and chills, And the doctor's satchel bulged with pills. The doctor said unto Isabel, 'Swallow this, it will make you well' Isabel, Isabel didn't worry, Isabel d This book truly speaks to children :)! I have read this book many times. There is one poem that I keep reading because it's message is inspiring: "From The Adventures Of Isabel". My favorite lines have got to be the last ones: "Isabel met a troublesome doctor, He punched and poked till he really shocked her. The doctor's talk was of coughs and chills, And the doctor's satchel bulged with pills. The doctor said unto Isabel, 'Swallow this, it will make you well' Isabel, Isabel didn't worry, Isabel didn't scream or scurry. She took those pills from the pill concocter, And Isabel calmly cured the doctor." :)

  6. 5 out of 5

    Aimee Ortega

    We read this book to complement our homeschool study of poetry. We absolutely LOVED this book! The poems were so enjoyable and we thoroughly enjoyed hearing the different people read through the poems. They definitely brought a new dimension of life to the poets words. Great great read! Enjoy!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Emmareader

    Great collection of kid-friendly poetry.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Esra

    great book with CD to listen included but poetry just like humor is enjoyed best in mother tongue so basically not for me!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Shea

    Poetry- These poems are about the subjects that children interested in.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Alexis Jones

    This poetry book has great poems that are easy to find and read aloud. The disc provided is also an excellent tool to use in the classroom. The editor does a great job of organizing all poems.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Matt

    This poetry anthology comes with a CD containing audio recordings of the poets reading aloud their work. All of the poems are from well-known authors. Perfect for a listening library in the classroom, or for a long car ride.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Leslie Fitzgerald

    The book Poetry Speaks to children is written by many different authors. This poetry book is a wonderful book to have in your library. The book also came with a CD so that children can listen to the poems while looking at the pictures in the book. Poetry speaks to children has different poems and which children can relate to. For example, what children do? Things like going to the first grade,running a race,crying,dancing and more. The illustartions in this book will capture the children attenti The book Poetry Speaks to children is written by many different authors. This poetry book is a wonderful book to have in your library. The book also came with a CD so that children can listen to the poems while looking at the pictures in the book. Poetry speaks to children has different poems and which children can relate to. For example, what children do? Things like going to the first grade,running a race,crying,dancing and more. The illustartions in this book will capture the children attention with several beautiful pictures and colorful pages. Me and my son enjoy reading the poems and when i couldn't read the books to him . We just listen to the audio CD. This book is perfect for those rainy days. There are so many things that you can talk about from reading these poems. This poetry book has a total of a 104 pages in it. According to the author this book is an imaginative treasury of spoken and written words for kids of all ages and I agree with her. The book speaks for it's self and children will love it.

  13. 4 out of 5

    (NS) Becca

    From Booklist Gr. 3-5. Teachers will celebrate this wide-ranging collection of both classic and contemporary poetry, including selections from Robert Bly and Rainer Maria Rilke, who aren't often included in anthologies for youth. There's little organization, although similarly themed selections sometimes appear together (the witches' lines from Macbeth come just after Karla Kuskin's "Knitted Things," also about a witch, for example). Almost every poem appears on a heavily illustrated page, and th From Booklist Gr. 3-5. Teachers will celebrate this wide-ranging collection of both classic and contemporary poetry, including selections from Robert Bly and Rainer Maria Rilke, who aren't often included in anthologies for youth. There's little organization, although similarly themed selections sometimes appear together (the witches' lines from Macbeth come just after Karla Kuskin's "Knitted Things," also about a witch, for example). Almost every poem appears on a heavily illustrated page, and the literal, cheerful, color illustrations of animals and young children often overwhelm the imagery in the words. The pictures are handsome, but they seem aimed mostly at a picture-book audience. Many selections, such as Mary Ann Hoberman's "Rabbit," are appropriate for picture-book readers, but a large proportion of the poems will be most enjoyed by older elementary students, who will be able to focus on the words and appreciate the magnificent selection. A CD containing audio tracks of the poems being read aloud, in many cases by the poets themselves, rounds out the package. Gillian Engberg

  14. 5 out of 5

    Joshua Parry

    I read the book: Poetry Speaks to Children by Elise Paschen. (99 pages) This is review #8. I chose one of the poems in the book to represent symbolism. It is called Crayons: a rainbow poem by Jane Yolen. The author uses symbolism to describe the colors of crayons. “This box contains the wash of blue sky, spikes of green spring. a circle of yellow sun, triangle flames of orange and red.” pg 23 Although the crayon box does not actually contain a sky, blades of grass, a sun, and fire, the author of this po I read the book: Poetry Speaks to Children by Elise Paschen. (99 pages) This is review #8. I chose one of the poems in the book to represent symbolism. It is called Crayons: a rainbow poem by Jane Yolen. The author uses symbolism to describe the colors of crayons. “This box contains the wash of blue sky, spikes of green spring. a circle of yellow sun, triangle flames of orange and red.” pg 23 Although the crayon box does not actually contain a sky, blades of grass, a sun, and fire, the author of this poem uses these images to help us see the colors on the crayons. I chose another poem to represent characterization. It is called The Land of Counterpane by Robert Stevenson. The author uses characterization to describe the imagination of the character. “And sometimes for an hour or so, I watched my leaden soldiers go, With different uniforms and drills, Among the bed-clothes, through the hills;” pg 96 The imagination of the narrator is immense. It can be seen that he is content to sit in his bed and play with his toys. He has created a whole world on top of his bed.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    This book contains a diverse collection of poems for children from a variety of poets including Gwendolyn Brooks, Lewis Carroll, Langston Hughes, Nikki Giovanni, Ogden Nash, and many others. This would be a nice book to use to introduce children to a variety of authors and a variety of poetry styles. It would be a wonderful read-aloud book, reading nook book or could be used in a listening center since it comes with a CD. Not all of the poems are on the CD, but the ones that are are labled in bo This book contains a diverse collection of poems for children from a variety of poets including Gwendolyn Brooks, Lewis Carroll, Langston Hughes, Nikki Giovanni, Ogden Nash, and many others. This would be a nice book to use to introduce children to a variety of authors and a variety of poetry styles. It would be a wonderful read-aloud book, reading nook book or could be used in a listening center since it comes with a CD. Not all of the poems are on the CD, but the ones that are are labled in both the table of contents and on the page of the poem, itself. The track numbers of the poem and any additional comments made by the speaker are listed. Many of the poems are read by the original author. The pages themselves are neat, with pictures that go with the poem, yet should destract the reader. The pages are colorful, but not chaotic or distracting. The text is set up in a clear logical way, with typical-styled fonts. This would be a good book to include in a classroom or school library, especially for elementary schools.

  16. 5 out of 5

    April Hamilton

    This was an okay collection, but just okay. I would've liked to see some of the modern classics in addition to what is presented here, and a more focused collection based on the age of the intended audience. There are works by Tolkein, Robert Frost, Langston Hughes and even Shakespeare, plus an epigram from Alexander Pope, none of which seem especially well-suited to the intended age group of this book (grammar-school aged kids), yet there's nothing by Silverstein, Seuss, or Sendak. The book inc This was an okay collection, but just okay. I would've liked to see some of the modern classics in addition to what is presented here, and a more focused collection based on the age of the intended audience. There are works by Tolkein, Robert Frost, Langston Hughes and even Shakespeare, plus an epigram from Alexander Pope, none of which seem especially well-suited to the intended age group of this book (grammar-school aged kids), yet there's nothing by Silverstein, Seuss, or Sendak. The book includes some downright silly pieces that will be immensely enjoyable to very young children, but not very appealing to older kids. I like the idea of including a CD with selections read by the poets, but again, this seems more apropos of a poetry book for older children or adults than for the very young, particularly since the sound quality on the older recordings can make them a challenging listen.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lule

    1) This collection has not received any awards. 2)Appropriate grade levels: Kindergarten through 3rd grade. 3) This book is a collection of many different poems by various authors and topics . The book includes a CD for a follow along as well. The book has many simple, easy to read poems to more challenging pieces of work. The illustrations are clear and understandable to readers. 4) This book is going to be in my classroom library. There are many examples that could be used in a poetry lesson. 1) This collection has not received any awards. 2)Appropriate grade levels: Kindergarten through 3rd grade. 3) This book is a collection of many different poems by various authors and topics . The book includes a CD for a follow along as well. The book has many simple, easy to read poems to more challenging pieces of work. The illustrations are clear and understandable to readers. 4) This book is going to be in my classroom library. There are many examples that could be used in a poetry lesson. Students will love the rhyming and the illustrations; even the earliest readers will enjoy looking at the illustrations and listening to either the teacher of the CD reading the poem. 5. Uses in the classroom: -Read the poems aloud together -Take a poem and let the children identify the rhyming pattern. - For upper grades attempt to create a short poem about anything that interest them.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Evelyn Tapia

    This book holds multiple poems that can get small and big children interested in reading about poetry. This book also comes with a CD, which can come out pretty handy for teachers and parents to listen to before reading. The CD has the writers passionate emotion and feelings of how he/she wrote the poem. Children learn how rhymes and riddles are also used tell a story. However, the poems are more than just a story they hold deeper meanings in which sometimes can be hard to interpret. My favorite This book holds multiple poems that can get small and big children interested in reading about poetry. This book also comes with a CD, which can come out pretty handy for teachers and parents to listen to before reading. The CD has the writers passionate emotion and feelings of how he/she wrote the poem. Children learn how rhymes and riddles are also used tell a story. However, the poems are more than just a story they hold deeper meanings in which sometimes can be hard to interpret. My favorite poem was verses from “The Elephant’s Child” by Rudyard Kipling on page 33. The poem is dedicated to his daughter who always asks why. This poem talks about the way we learned everything was through the 5w’s such as: who, what, when, where, and why.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Robert Beveridge

    Elise Paschen (ed.), Poetry Speaks to Children (Sourcebooks Inc., 2005) A collection of poems written to, or about, children with an accompanying fifty-track CD (most tracks are of the poems themselves, though a few are the poets talking about the inspiration for one piece or another). While a number of these fall into bona fide chestnut status, kids who are being exposed to poetry for the first time won't be aware of that, and that old black magic should work just fine on them. For older readers Elise Paschen (ed.), Poetry Speaks to Children (Sourcebooks Inc., 2005) A collection of poems written to, or about, children with an accompanying fifty-track CD (most tracks are of the poems themselves, though a few are the poets talking about the inspiration for one piece or another). While a number of these fall into bona fide chestnut status, kids who are being exposed to poetry for the first time won't be aware of that, and that old black magic should work just fine on them. For older readers, it's fun to have a whole bunch of this sort of thing compiled into one volume (with its whimsical illustrations, sometimes almost as fun as the poems themselves). Recommended. ****

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn

    This anthology is AMAZING. Reading it along with listing to the authors read their poems brought the experience to a whole new level. Robert Frost, Billy Collins, Gwendolyn Brooks, Carl Sandburg, Roald Dahl, J.R.R. Tolkien, Langston Hughes, X.J. Kennedy, Rita Dove--and that's just my favorites who read their own poems. But if I had to choose one favorite, it would be Sonia Sanchez's reading on "to P.J." There were also a lot of poems only included in writing and not on the CD. Plus, the illustra This anthology is AMAZING. Reading it along with listing to the authors read their poems brought the experience to a whole new level. Robert Frost, Billy Collins, Gwendolyn Brooks, Carl Sandburg, Roald Dahl, J.R.R. Tolkien, Langston Hughes, X.J. Kennedy, Rita Dove--and that's just my favorites who read their own poems. But if I had to choose one favorite, it would be Sonia Sanchez's reading on "to P.J." There were also a lot of poems only included in writing and not on the CD. Plus, the illustrations were just delightful. Yeah, I'm a fan.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kate Coombs

    A very fun poetry collection! I'll confess I haven't finished the book only in the sense that I've read all the poems, but haven't listened to the accompanying CD. (My excuse is that I'm a visual learner, not an auditory one.) But the poems are excellent--a nice variety--and the art is lovely. My new favorite poem is "Why?" by James Stevenson, and not just because it involves doughnuts! I own other poetry collections I like better, but this one is quite good.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Angela Williams

    Grades 1st & up This book is silly and full of rhymes and excitement. The images are vibrant and playful and refect the text or meaning of the poems. The poems are geared towards younger children and will allow them to use their imagination. Children will enjoy hearing the poems as well as listening to the poems on the cd provided Language arts/science Lesson idea: Students can choose a poem and write about what they think the meaning is. Grades 1st & up This book is silly and full of rhymes and excitement. The images are vibrant and playful and refect the text or meaning of the poems. The poems are geared towards younger children and will allow them to use their imagination. Children will enjoy hearing the poems as well as listening to the poems on the cd provided Language arts/science Lesson idea: Students can choose a poem and write about what they think the meaning is.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    What I love most about this book of poetry is that there is a CD included that has some of the poets reading their poems. It is fun to hear how they read them which is usually very different from the way I read them - different inflections, speed, etc... I also think it is absolutely incredible to hear Robert Frost reading his Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening...wow! I think I enjoy this poetry book more than the kiddos!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Marissa

    There are lots of other poems and poets that it would be great to see included, however, this collection still holds up well to many reads. I've been using it as part of teaching a creative writing class for 3rd through 5th graders and the kids are all responding well. They appreciate the sillier poems and are also up to the challenge for the more serious.

  25. 4 out of 5

    (NS)JenniferA

    I think this book is nice for children to be able to hear the rhymes and rhythms on the CD as they read along. Many times poetry needs to be read in particular rhythm and this allows children to hear that. What I liked most about this book of poetry was that the actual poets read their own poems aloud for the children to hear.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kassandra

    This book provides a number of poems and a CD with poems read by the poets. I like how it contains a CD so the teacher can play it for students to listen. Most of the poems consist of adventures which children will enjoy. Also, I noticed that most of the poems include animals makes the poems interesting. The illustration vary in color some light and others dark.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Librarian40

    Phenomenal, especially hearing J.R.R.Tolkein reading a poem from the Hobbit. A surprising number of the poems are read by their authors, including some that are lots older than you would think. My 5 year old likes listening to the CD.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ronna

    Not the greatest selection of poems but the CD is intriguing since many of the original authors read the poems. It was fun for my children to hear the voices of famous authors like Ogden Nash, Robert Frost, Roald Dahl and Carl Sandburg.

  29. 4 out of 5

    MM

    S loves it so far -- listening to me read the poems and also hearing all the different voices on the CD. Most of these authors I don't associate with writing for children, but the selection definitely works -- some silly stuff, things that are fun to hear, little snippets.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Joy

    What I love about this book is that it has the original authors (in many cases) reading the poetry. Authors like Roald Dahl and Robert Frost fill this wonderful book of poetry. I bought it to put the poetry on in the car with my little guy. So great.

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