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Poems to Learn by Heart

by Caroline Kennedy, compiler
Illustrated by Jon J. Muth

Published by Disney/Hyperion, 2013
191 pages
ISBN: 978𢴒231-08054

Ages 7-14

Caroline Kennedy, compiler of A Family of Poems (Hyperion, 2005), has put together another treasury, this time encouraging readers to make poems their own. 揑f we learn a poem by heart, it is ours forever梐nd better still, we can share it with others, yet not have to give it away. Thoughtful introductions preface the volume as a whole and each thematic section (self; family; friendship and love; fairies, ogres and witches; nonsense poems; school; sports and games; war; nature). From the perfect opening poem, Rita Dove抯 揟he First Book, (揙pen it. / Go ahead, it won抰 bite. / It抯 not like it抯 the end of the world / just the world as you think / you know it) to the final section of 揺xtra credit, offering lengthier poems and passages to savor and memorize, there is a wide range of poetry and poets represented here, from classics to contemporary offerings, and from playful to deeply moving. Two students from DreamYard Prep, a small Bronx high school, were involved in the selection of poems, and a piece called 揤oices Rising from the school抯 slam team is one of the poems included.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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