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Finally in paperback, a timeless collection celebrating the joys of poetry for children of all ages—an indispensable introduction to literature and life that brings together essential classic children's poems with the best of modern and contemporary international poetry. The simple pleasures of reading and listening to poetry can make unforgettable memories in childhood and Finally in paperback, a timeless collection celebrating the joys of poetry for children of all ages—an indispensable introduction to literature and life that brings together essential classic children's poems with the best of modern and contemporary international poetry. The simple pleasures of reading and listening to poetry can make unforgettable memories in childhood and help children develop an interest in language and storytelling. From Robert Frost to Maya Angelou, Shel Silverstein to Emily Dickinson, this collection emphasizes the fun and diversity of poetry, providing young readers with a well-rounded, inclusive selection of poets. Under the guidance of a special advisory board of esteemed poets, and featuring artwork by Tom Pohrt, the well-known illustrator of Crow and Weasel, A Child's Anthology of Poetry includes favorite poems such as William Blake's "The Tyger" and Lewis Carroll's "Jabberwocky," in addition to more recent classics such as Elizabeth Bishop's "Sestina" and Theodore Roethke's "My Papa's Waltz." Full of surprises and lyric charm, this delightful volume will be treasured by generations of readers.


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Finally in paperback, a timeless collection celebrating the joys of poetry for children of all ages—an indispensable introduction to literature and life that brings together essential classic children's poems with the best of modern and contemporary international poetry. The simple pleasures of reading and listening to poetry can make unforgettable memories in childhood and Finally in paperback, a timeless collection celebrating the joys of poetry for children of all ages—an indispensable introduction to literature and life that brings together essential classic children's poems with the best of modern and contemporary international poetry. The simple pleasures of reading and listening to poetry can make unforgettable memories in childhood and help children develop an interest in language and storytelling. From Robert Frost to Maya Angelou, Shel Silverstein to Emily Dickinson, this collection emphasizes the fun and diversity of poetry, providing young readers with a well-rounded, inclusive selection of poets. Under the guidance of a special advisory board of esteemed poets, and featuring artwork by Tom Pohrt, the well-known illustrator of Crow and Weasel, A Child's Anthology of Poetry includes favorite poems such as William Blake's "The Tyger" and Lewis Carroll's "Jabberwocky," in addition to more recent classics such as Elizabeth Bishop's "Sestina" and Theodore Roethke's "My Papa's Waltz." Full of surprises and lyric charm, this delightful volume will be treasured by generations of readers.

30 review for A Child's Anthology of Poetry

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Blevins

    Loved reading this book with my daughter. The best part...after reading poems by Poe, Blake, Bishop, Plath, Frost, Brooks, Hughes, Dickinson, cummings, Wordsworth, Keats, Angelou, Paz and many more...my daughter was inspired to write some poetry of her very own :)

  2. 5 out of 5

    John

    I read this out loud to my kids over the course of a few years. Like every anthology, it was an up and down experience, but mostly very good. There are a lot of classic poems that everyone should have some familiarity, and others were just plain fun. My kids would always ask that I read "Little Orphant Annie"--by far their favorite in the collection.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Emrys

    I have never been a fan of poetry, and have never read more than the occasional poem of personal choice. I have these past few months though been thrown into it as poetry caretaker in my bookstore, and decided to attack it like a ripe pineapple in honor of April being poetry month. I am more proud than I have any to right to be, to have finished an anthology of hundreds of poems. Now with that out of the way: This is clearly an anthology for older children. Ten and up I would say, if I was averag I have never been a fan of poetry, and have never read more than the occasional poem of personal choice. I have these past few months though been thrown into it as poetry caretaker in my bookstore, and decided to attack it like a ripe pineapple in honor of April being poetry month. I am more proud than I have any to right to be, to have finished an anthology of hundreds of poems. Now with that out of the way: This is clearly an anthology for older children. Ten and up I would say, if I was averaging an age for the whole collection. There are very few poems with silliness to them, and absolutely no poems about boogers or Bigfoot (not that I don’t love “WARNING” by Shel Silverstien and Jack Prelutsky’s “I Think I’m Related to Bigfoot” because I do). The collection just expects a more serious crowd. The majority of the poetry has very significant themes in them, and some deal with death, suicide, murder, and mercy along with more lighthearted fare. It’s a well-varied collection, some poems taking up two lines, some three pages, but most about half a page. Many of the selected poems are classics, and yet many more are still from older stock. Some poems were old favorites that came back to me (“The Land of Counterpane” by Stevenson and “Tears and Laughter” by Khalil Gibran), and several were new ones that touched me in a sad or delightful way (“Napoleon” by Miroslav Holub and “Man in The Wilderness” by Gillian Clarke). I even found a new favorite poet here in W.S.Merwin, after reading “Fly” and “The Last One”. Though many of the poems are child appropriate, this is definitely also enjoyable and (mainly) reading-level and subject-matter-wise appropriate for adults. That being said, my next book of poetry will be a strictly grown up one (maybe Julia Alvarez?)!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Marisa Bennett

    This is the best book of Children's poems I have ever owned. I not only purchased a copy for myself to read (and to read to my grandchildren), but bought copies for three of my best friends. It has the delightful assumption that children are intelligent creatures and so can understand poets like: Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson, and Carl Sandburg (Fog: The fog comes in on little cat feet. It sits looking over harbor and city on silent haunches and then moves on.) "Fog" was the first poem read to me This is the best book of Children's poems I have ever owned. I not only purchased a copy for myself to read (and to read to my grandchildren), but bought copies for three of my best friends. It has the delightful assumption that children are intelligent creatures and so can understand poets like: Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson, and Carl Sandburg (Fog: The fog comes in on little cat feet. It sits looking over harbor and city on silent haunches and then moves on.) "Fog" was the first poem read to me (3rd grade?) where I completely understood how fog could seem like a cat and yet not really be. I fell in love. Maya Angelou's "Life Doesn't Frighten Me," read with proper inflection to a little 5 year old boy can turn out to be his favorite poem. Another, called "The Incident", by Countee Cullen, is a heartbreaking reminder of prejudice. I have not read my grandson Edgar Allen Poe's, "The Raven", but Walt Whitman, William Blake...oh yes, those have been read. We have much more to share, and I told him I would be reading this to his children too. Buy this book. I would definitely get it as a First Edition while you are able.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Camille

    This is my favorite poetry anthology. I pretty much like every poem in the book.

  6. 4 out of 5

    MNBooks

    We are really enjoying the poems in this collection and kind of rediscovered this book while cleaning out the bookshelves at my moms. I’m certain my mom bought this for some sort of school assignment for us kids and it never got the attention it deserved! There is a nice variety with many favorite authors and a good mix of classic and “new” authors. Although some of the language is difficult for modern readers, my elementary school aged kids are reading it with help. We’ve enjoyed reading togeth We are really enjoying the poems in this collection and kind of rediscovered this book while cleaning out the bookshelves at my moms. I’m certain my mom bought this for some sort of school assignment for us kids and it never got the attention it deserved! There is a nice variety with many favorite authors and a good mix of classic and “new” authors. Although some of the language is difficult for modern readers, my elementary school aged kids are reading it with help. We’ve enjoyed reading together in the evening, taking turns and giggling over some of their favorites like “homework! oh homework!” and “Father William”. It surprised me to see how my daughter who “hates poetry” really took to this book and is now excited to read it. There is a bit of something for everyone here and I was thrilled to re-read a few of my own favorites. We will be looking into other poem books.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Dianna

    I have read completely through this book twice now with my boys. My youngest son and I are just now finishing this poetry book up. I read this with them when they were middle school aged. We used Youtube to supplement with videos of the poets reading their poetry at times. We also looked up any strange vocabulary in order to understand the poems. We used each poem as a way to launch a journey of learning. I must say that I enjoyed some of these poems much more the second time I went through the I have read completely through this book twice now with my boys. My youngest son and I are just now finishing this poetry book up. I read this with them when they were middle school aged. We used Youtube to supplement with videos of the poets reading their poetry at times. We also looked up any strange vocabulary in order to understand the poems. We used each poem as a way to launch a journey of learning. I must say that I enjoyed some of these poems much more the second time I went through the book with my boys. This is NOT the book for little children. There are topics that are difficult and vocabulary that will not spark a love of poetry for little ones. This book is misnamed but still an honored part of our homeschooling journey.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Enoch Perez

    A Child's Anthology of Poetry. Sword, Elizabeth Hauge (Editor); McCarthy, Victoria Flournoy (Editor); Pohrt, Tom (Illustrator) (2019) This book holds a great collection of poems with a variety of authors: Carl Sandburg, Robert Frost, Edgar Allen Poe and more. The anthology possesses classics like “The Road Not Taken” and “Dust of Snow” as well as other famous and significant works. Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken,” the narrator finds himself in the woods at a fork in the road. He decides to t A Child's Anthology of Poetry. Sword, Elizabeth Hauge (Editor); McCarthy, Victoria Flournoy (Editor); Pohrt, Tom (Illustrator) (2019) This book holds a great collection of poems with a variety of authors: Carl Sandburg, Robert Frost, Edgar Allen Poe and more. The anthology possesses classics like “The Road Not Taken” and “Dust of Snow” as well as other famous and significant works. Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken,” the narrator finds himself in the woods at a fork in the road. He decides to take one way, but knows that he will not have the opportunity to try the other way in the future. Frost explores the significance of making decisions in life through the use of metaphors. This 4-stanza poem is only one example of this great collection of classic works which provide a solid foundation and introduction to the world of poetry for the younger audience. Target Audience - Grade Level: 3-7.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sue-Lynn Voigt

    Great anthology! I have not taken the time to read poetry in many years. This was a great collection, some I was familiar with and some not! Many authors I knew, but was also introduced to several I had never heard of. I think I shall seek out some more of their work. A great read for children, although it is not illustrated.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Perkins

    My little guy and I have been reading poetry as he goes to bed at night. Very good selection of silly, profound, and beautiful poems.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Keely

    Loved this as a child, reread it many times and drew illustration s all over it. One of the few childhood books I took with me when I moved out of my parents house.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Perry

    I love the collection of poems in this book. Many classic poets that had introduced me to poetry at a young age. I recall renting this book from my elementary school library when I was in grade 3 mostly because I never really knew much about poetry and what made it different from any other form of writing. I never fully understood every nuance to the language but it introduced me to the ability of poetry to illicit the imagination and develop my own understanding of the words. I think this was m I love the collection of poems in this book. Many classic poets that had introduced me to poetry at a young age. I recall renting this book from my elementary school library when I was in grade 3 mostly because I never really knew much about poetry and what made it different from any other form of writing. I never fully understood every nuance to the language but it introduced me to the ability of poetry to illicit the imagination and develop my own understanding of the words. I think this was my stepping stone into the world of poetry and was a great experience that has influenced me ever since. Great read!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Alyiah.Watson

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. What I think about this book is that it has a lot of poetry that is my favorite. And that on of my favorite story's in it. And that there are sad and happy story's in it.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Hannah Jane

    Includes classics like Field's Wynken, Blynken, and Nod and Frost's Dust of Snow. Also includes a few poems I don't see too often in anthologies like Jarrell's Bats and Kilmer's The House with Nobody in It. This is a unique anthology because there's something for every age group. It ranges from poems for the very young (Wynken, Blynken, and Nod) to very mature poems (Langston Hughes' Mother to Son).

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    It's difficult to denounce a book that contains poems by Poe and Dickinson (as well as countless others such as Carrol and Longfellow). That being said, the poem selections for this anthology may be just out of reach in terms of vocabulary and subject matter for younger readers. There are many high quality inclusions here, including Frost's 'The Road Not Taken' and 'The Highwayman' by Noyes. It is difficult to mention all the quality poetry in this anthology, so it is almost easier not to highlig It's difficult to denounce a book that contains poems by Poe and Dickinson (as well as countless others such as Carrol and Longfellow). That being said, the poem selections for this anthology may be just out of reach in terms of vocabulary and subject matter for younger readers. There are many high quality inclusions here, including Frost's 'The Road Not Taken' and 'The Highwayman' by Noyes. It is difficult to mention all the quality poetry in this anthology, so it is almost easier not to highlight favorites. The poems are organized alphabetically by author, which ensures that all poems by the same author appear in succession - very convienient. Surprisingly, authors such as Shel Silverstein and Jack Prelutsky - who are arguably more modern well loved children's poets are not highlighted very well (1 poem for Silverstein and 2 for Prelutsky, versus up to 5 for the above mentioned authors). While the publishing date of this tome is long past, the more classic poem inclusions certainly have not gone out of style. It is almost refreshing to see Longfellow sitting beside Silverstein - highlighting a need for children to be exposed to all poetry regardless of it's age. There is also a nice variety of poems both short and long, and certainly something to be enjoyed by every reader regardless of taste.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jeana

    Some of my favorite poems in here are Maggie and Millie and Molly and May by E. E. Cummings, The Pit Ponies by Leslie Norris, The Bed Book by Sylvia Plath (and I know this is a children's book but it's so dang expensive because they haven't released a new version of it in a while that I can't afford to buy it), among others. It even has the Highway Man (I think) and other poems that maybe aren't exactly geared toward children, but I think they could appreciate anyway. I like this compilation of Some of my favorite poems in here are Maggie and Millie and Molly and May by E. E. Cummings, The Pit Ponies by Leslie Norris, The Bed Book by Sylvia Plath (and I know this is a children's book but it's so dang expensive because they haven't released a new version of it in a while that I can't afford to buy it), among others. It even has the Highway Man (I think) and other poems that maybe aren't exactly geared toward children, but I think they could appreciate anyway. I like this compilation of poems. I'm in my second time through. Oh, Bianca and I found one last night we really liked--so simple and sweet: Summer Morning by Rachel Field I saw dawn creep across the sky, And all the gulls go flying by. I saw the sea put on its dress Of blue midsummer loveliness, And heard the trees begin to stir Green arms of pine and juniper. I heard the wind call out and say: “Get up, my dear, it is today!” I got to the Rudyard Kipling poetry last night, and I loved it!!! I wanted to dog-ear it but Bianca didn't think that would be appropriate to do to a book. I think I've created a monster; she might start making me wear white gloves while I read. =) Bianca and I are now memorizing Trees together.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Brianna Harmon (Maiden’s Blush)

    Spent the last two days sort of gently pawing thru these - and discovered both classics I could read over and over and a few new favorites. Even if you don't intend to share with a child, a quick browse felt good to my 25 year old heart. Some of the pages I marked: The Village Blacksmith by Longfellow, Hold Fast Your Dreams by Driscoll, Swift Things Are Beautiful by Coatsworth and many more.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Beckabooks

    Many children might not fully appreciate this volume. It is not what one has come to expect a child’s book of poems to be: miniaturized and colorful and playful in tone. There are only a very few simple pen and ink illustrations in this anthology, which fits comfortably in an adult’s hands and bookshelves. Nor are the contents the standard fare for a book of this nature. Some of the often-anthologized-favorites-for-children are here, to be sure: ‘Be kind and tender to the Frog’ and ‘Hope is the Many children might not fully appreciate this volume. It is not what one has come to expect a child’s book of poems to be: miniaturized and colorful and playful in tone. There are only a very few simple pen and ink illustrations in this anthology, which fits comfortably in an adult’s hands and bookshelves. Nor are the contents the standard fare for a book of this nature. Some of the often-anthologized-favorites-for-children are here, to be sure: ‘Be kind and tender to the Frog’ and ‘Hope is the thing with feathers,’ for instance; but more of the entries are unexpected: Countee Cullen’s ‘Incident,’ Seamus Heaney’s ‘Scaffolding,’ Christina Rossetti’s ‘Remember.’ I don’t think the average child is going to be drawn to this book. But as a parent and teacher, I love it. I can’t see my six year old asking to carry it in the car with her or curling up in the couch with it, but I do anticipate drawing from it as she grows and is ready to experience more of the depth of feeling and breadth of experience many of these poems encompass. Meanwhile, I just may be curled up in the couch with it myself.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Rebekah Choat

    Many children might not fully appreciate this volume. It is not what one has come to expect a child’s book of poems to be: miniaturized and colorful and playful in tone. There are only a very few simple pen and ink illustrations in this anthology, which fits comfortably in an adult’s hands and bookshelves. Nor are the contents the standard fare for a book of this nature. Some of the often-anthologized-favorites-for-children are here, to be sure: ‘Be kind and tender to the Frog’ and ‘Hope is the Many children might not fully appreciate this volume. It is not what one has come to expect a child’s book of poems to be: miniaturized and colorful and playful in tone. There are only a very few simple pen and ink illustrations in this anthology, which fits comfortably in an adult’s hands and bookshelves. Nor are the contents the standard fare for a book of this nature. Some of the often-anthologized-favorites-for-children are here, to be sure: ‘Be kind and tender to the Frog’ and ‘Hope is the thing with feathers,’ for instance; but more of the entries are unexpected: Countee Cullen’s ‘Incident,’ Seamus Heaney’s ‘Scaffolding,’ Christina Rossetti’s ‘Remember.’ I don’t think the average child is going to be drawn to this book. But as a parent and teacher, I love it. I can’t see my six year old asking to carry it in the car with her or curling up in the couch with it, but I do anticipate drawing from it as she grows and is ready to experience more of the depth of feeling and breadth of experience many of these poems encompass. Meanwhile, I just may be curled up in the couch with it myself.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Anne-Marie

    Enchanting! I can't believe I didn't used to like poetry. I think it's because for awhile the only poetry I was exposed to was the pretentious stuff you find in the New Yorker. But this book made me an unabashed lover of poetry, and now I've found a number of poets whose work I plan to read more of. (Isn't that horrible? I just ended a sentence with a preposition. I don't feel like going through some sort of grammatical mental jujitsu right now to figure out the proper way to phrase that last se Enchanting! I can't believe I didn't used to like poetry. I think it's because for awhile the only poetry I was exposed to was the pretentious stuff you find in the New Yorker. But this book made me an unabashed lover of poetry, and now I've found a number of poets whose work I plan to read more of. (Isn't that horrible? I just ended a sentence with a preposition. I don't feel like going through some sort of grammatical mental jujitsu right now to figure out the proper way to phrase that last sentence, so if it upsets you then you're just going to have to deal with it.) One more thing - don't let the title mislead you. It's called a "child's" anthology, but much of this poetry is just good and fun to read for people of any age. A quote from Olivia Newton-John on the back cover says, "I became so immersed in the book that I wondered if it shouldn't be called 'Everyone's Anthology of Poetry.'" (Why is Olivia Newton-John commenting on books? She's not even a literary figure. Ah well.)

  21. 4 out of 5

    Candice Walton

    My 9 and 7 year old and I read this cover to cover. It was a great collection, but there were definitely two or three poems that I wouldn’t have included in a child’s anthology (topics included suicide and graphic death). Overall we really enjoyed it.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Noah

    This book is about a bunch of diffrent stories that are not really funny but they do ryme and aslong as they ryme thats what makes them poems. This book was good but not that good the poems werent funny but they were still good but if your like me and you read poems because they are funny well then DONT READ THIS BOOK. I would reccomend this book to people who like poems and to people who like to find the meaning of poems.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    While this isn't the most beautiful poetry book I've ever read, it does provide a comprehensive list of some really great poetry, from famous ones to the more obscure. Some of the poems were funny, some poignant - I actually used two of them in a poetry explication essay. But there are no extra tidbits such as illustrations or backgrounds on the authors to go along with the poems, and so at times it can feel a little boring.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Cathleen Ash

    "Do you carrot all for me?" an anonymous poem early in the book, set the delightful tone: food and love, and continues later with animal crackers by Chris Morley. Many great poets are represented in this often ludicrous, alphabetical by author, poetry anthology. These poems are geared specifically toward children. While it may not be a book young adults read through (311 pages!), it is a wondeful addition to the shelf for thumbing through and enjoying.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Joanna M.

    It really is difficult to rate a collaboration of works, considering they are filled with individual works that deserve their own individual reviews. But, in regard to the editor of the book, there was a pleasant collection of poems that I found, for the most part, rather enjoyable. Some, not as much. But, overall, this was a nice collection.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    This says its a poetry anthology for children, but really it should say for the An Anthology of Poetry for the Child in Everyone. It's a well chosen collection of popular and not-as-well-known pieces. You will find old favourites and new favourites alike within these covers. It is a highly recommended read, and it is even better when read aloud.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Owen Banner

    I've been trying to find a good poetry book to introduce to my kids that's got a healthy mix of voices and styles, but isn't too heavy or abstract. This one is perfect. From Blake to Angelou, silly to serious, Ravens to Little Red Wheelbarrow and even a Pachycephalosaurus, this is a great starter book to learn to love the sound, look, and feeling of words.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Traci

    We have several poetry books we read to the kids, especially Julia. This one is my favorite. It has poems by many poets...a few are Maya Angelou, Shel Silverstein, Robert Frost and Emily DIckinson. My favorite is Wynken, Blynken, and Nod by Eugene Field.

  29. 4 out of 5

    susie

    some of it's for kids, but most of it is universal. example: "Dust of Snow" by Robert Frost The way a crow Shook down on me The dust of snow From a hemlock tree Has given my heart A change of mood And saved some part Of a day I had rued.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Anissa Utami

    i don't get poems or anything to do with poetry, but the more i read it, the more i can't deny that i like it, even sometimes i get lost in the vocabularies things, but so far, i still enjoy it (as long as it makes sense to me).

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