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A Family of Poems: My Favorite Poetry for Children

by Caroline Kennedy, selector
Illustrated by Jon J. Muth

Published by Hyperion, 2005
143 pages
ISBN: 0-7868-5111-2

Ages 5-16

This elegant, accessible anthology offers children and families a rich resource for poetry reading across the years. In her introduction to the volume, Caroline Kennedy shares the importance that poetry played in her own family when she was growing up: she and her brother were encouraged to write a poem or chose a poem to share for holidays and family celebrations, a tradition she continues with her own children. She has included many family favorites in this collection, along with a wide range of others arranged into sections titled “About Me,” “That’s So Silly!” “Animals,” “The Seasons,” “The Seashore,” “Adventure,” and “Bedtime.” Among the poets included are William Blake, Gwendolyn Brooks, Sandra Cisneros, e.e. cummings, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, Langston Hughes, A. A. Milne, Pablo Neruda, Christina Rosetti, Wallace Stevens, Dylan Thomas, William Carlos Williams, William Wordsworth, and many others. Jon J Muth’s graceful watercolor illustrations extend the beauty and accessibility of this singular volume.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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