Children - Poetry

Follow Along

As you know, April is poetry month. I have always enjoyed reading different types of poetry and even trying my hand at writing poetry. My reading lists have seen traditional, not so traditional, rhyming, not so rhyming, prose poetry, classical poems and modern poetry.

But when I picked up Follow Follow: A Book of Reverso Poems by Marilyn Singer I knew this was something wonderful, different and absolutely amazing!

The first line the poem starts poem one, but it ends the second poem. The first poem is, in fact, flipped so that the second poem is the exact same worded poem as before. However it is completely different with a few tweaks to punctuation and capitalization. Each time the meaning (and sometimes the narrator) of the poem changes. The combination poems complement each other and tell amazing stories! (READ MORE)

Follow Follow: A Book of Reverso Poems By Marilyn Singer, Josée Masse (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Marilyn Singer, Josée Masse (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780803737693
Availability: Backordered
Published: Dial Books - February 7th, 2013

This Same Sky: A Collection of Poems from Around the World by Naomi Shihab Nye - Book Review

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This Same Sky: A Collection of Poems from Around the World By Naomi Shihab Nye, Naomi Shihab Nye (Selected by) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780689806308
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Published: Aladdin - May 1st, 1996

A must-have poetry collection for a new to poetry reader or author or a long time fan. Great for all ages! ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

Pigmares Porcine Poems of the Silver Screen

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Pigmares: Porcine Poems of the Silver Screen By Doug Cushman, Doug Cushman (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Doug Cushman, Doug Cushman (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781580894012
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Published: Charlesbridge - July 1st, 2012

While the hero of Pigmares should “never watch monsters on film before bed” we all should read Pigmares: Porcine Poems of the Silver Scream...I mean Screen! From Frankenswine, to Earth vs. the Flying Sausage to Pig Kong each poem is a wonderful tongue-in-cheek good time. You’ll recognize each movie spoof (but if you don’t, there is a guide at the end) in this rhyming poetry book. For the child in us all, Cushman’s poems are laugh-out and read-out-loud fun! (Not just for fans of poetry, can be a great introduction for the reluctant poet.) ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

Solely some fantastic poetry

I like poetry. I like books. I like poetry books. And I love Stars in the Shadows by Charles R. Smith, Jr (illustrated by Frank Morrison) and I’ve Lost My Hippopotamus by Jack Prelutsky (illustrated by Jackie Urbanovic).

One takes poetry and helps make a historical event (a very special baseball game) accessible to all types of readers; the other makes poetry fun and a delight to reread and read aloud!

“Welcome to Chicago, welcome all. It’s a beautiful day to play baseball.” August 26. 1934 is the day the second Negro League All-Star Baseball game was played. And Smith makes that day comes alive in Stars in the Shadows. You’ll probably recognize a few names (Satchel Paige) and wonder how others got theirs (Turkey Stearns). But as Lester Roberts (announcer for Radio Station WNLB) gives you the “play-by-play in a creative way” (prose as rhyming poetry) you are transported to a very familiar thing: a baseball game. But not any game. A game that explores the historical significance of players as good as any white player (perhaps better in many cases) but not considered equal due to skin color. Smith mixes the announcement of the game, commercials and fan comments to weave together a book that will have you yelling, “Play Ball!” (READ MORE)

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Stars in the Shadows: The Negro League All-Star Game of 1934 By Charles R. Smith Jr., Frank Morrison (Illustrator) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780689866388
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - January 3rd, 2012

I've Lost My Hippopotamus

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I've Lost My Hippopotamus By Jack Prelutsky, Jackie Urbanovic (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jack Prelutsky, Jackie Urbanovic (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062014573
Availability: Backordered
Published: Greenwillow Books - March 13th, 2012

More than 100 poems grace the pages of Prelutsky’s newest gem. Part Dr. Seuss, part Doug Florian, and part Shel Silverstein but all Jack Prelutsky you’ll be laughing, grossed out, charmed and be groaning at the silliness, puns and unique stories presented in each poem. Children of all ages will read over and over; demand rereading and an adult will never worry about where their child is due to the peals of laughter and glee that will be heard! Jackie Urbanovic’s illustrations are the perfect addition to this must have collection. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


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