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Poems for the Very Young (Poetry)

Poems for the Very Young (Poetry) by Bob Graham,Michael Rosen

ISBN10: 0753400227
ISBN13: 978-0753400227
Author: Bob Graham,Michael Rosen
Book title: Poems for the Very Young (Poetry)
Publisher: Kingfisher Books Ltd (May 30, 1996)
Language: English
Category: Poetry
Size PDF: 1972 kb
Size ePub: 1727 kb
Size Fb2: 1972 kb
Rating: 4.1/5
Votes: 953
Pages: 77 pages

Poems for the Very Young (Poetry) by Bob Graham,Michael Rosen

This is a first poetry anthology for children and grown-ups to share and enjoy. Its contents range from the hilariously funny to the thought-provoking, from playground rhymes & nonsense verse to poems by classic writers.


A favorite author illustrated by a favorite author. What could be better than that?!

Road.to sliver
My kids love the funny little poems. They are asking me to read them over and over. The poems have very nice illustrations and the kids can go through the book even without me just looking at the pictures and trying to remember the silly lines..

A wonderful baby gift for a lit prof to give!

Small children, the wee ones, need to be and should be exposed to poetry starting at a very early age. I firmly believe this as it develops their "ear," entertains them and causes them to actually think, without their knowing they are thinking. I cannot think of a better anthology of poetry for children than "Poems for the Very Young, first published in 1992 and last published in 2004.

What a collection of over 100 poems this one is! Thematically arranged, it allows the adult reader, once they have become familiar with this arrangement, to choose just the right poem for the right time of day, from waking up after a good nights sleep and ready to start another day, to sleeping bedtime rhymes to leave sweet dreams and thoughts in the little ones head.

The poems range from nonsense rhymes (something all children love, to little works that are quite profound but require little adult explanation as the work is being read.

"Spaghetti! Spaghetti!
You're wonderful stuff.
I love you Spaghetti,
I can't get enough."

Or the delightful and silly offering from Willard R. Espy:

"Whipper-snapper, rooty-tooty,
Helter-skelter, tutti-frutti.
Have a wing-ding, silly Billy,
Lickety-split, don't shally-shilly."

Some poems, as I indicated, are quite thought provoking and while they can be understood by the child, they never-the-less leave plenty to discuss between adult and child if either party so desires.

These poems have been selected from different times; eras, and from around the world, encompassing quite a number of cultures. Many poets are used including some of the best; Merriam, Fargeon, Stevenson and Hughes pop into my mind right off the top of my head...many poets, many poems...great reading!

The book is fully illustrated with delightful cartoonish water colors by Bob Graham which are extremely pleasing to the eye. The poems are scattered about the book, mingles with the illustrations. The combination of art and words flow and the senses are stimulated, while at the same time, soothed.

This is a wonderful book to read on a one on one basis and it is absolutely great to add to a group reading. This is one that you most certainly will want to add to your child's library or if you are a teacher, add it to your classroom

Don Blankenship
The Ozarks

This is the only anthology of poems that we currently have formy 1 1/2 year old daughter and I am not sure it can be topped. Theillustrations are wonderful, from lyrical fish, to beret-wearing little girls throwing tantrums. The poems are from all over, and from all time periods, some by established writers, like Robert L. Stevenson, and others by unknown authors. Not all of the poems are big hits with us, but 85% are right on the money. "Dr. Stickles Tickled Me" really helped break the ice at recent trip to the pediatrician, and "Silvery Silvery, Over the Trees, the Moon Drifts by on a Runaway Breeze" makes a great bedtime verse. I bet most of us don't remember much poetry from our childhood, but this book makes re-learning it all great fun.