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Robert Browning's poetry has mysteries and a beauty of language that youngsters will love exploring, from the classic and beloved Pied Piper of Hamelin to the charming verse play Pippa Passes. Perfect for parents to read aloud or along with their children, and accompanied by striking artwork, here is a selection of some of Browning's most reader-friendly works. Several pai Robert Browning's poetry has mysteries and a beauty of language that youngsters will love exploring, from the classic and beloved Pied Piper of Hamelin to the charming verse play Pippa Passes. Perfect for parents to read aloud or along with their children, and accompanied by striking artwork, here is a selection of some of Browning's most reader-friendly works. Several paintings compellingly capture Pied Piper's drama: the Piper, smiling as he offers his services; the rats fleeing the town in droves; and the entranced children who will soon be lost forever. Home Thoughts from Abroad ("Oh, to be in England, Now that April's there...") features illustrations of the countryside in full bloom. There are 25 excerpts in all, fully annotated to enrich young readers' understanding of these poems. Dr. Eileen Gillooly earned her Ph.D. from Columbia University, where she is Director of the Core Curriculum and teaches nineteenth-century literature and culture. She has also edited another entry in the Poetry for Young People series on Rudyard Kipling. Joel Spector's work appears regularly in books, in newspapers such as the New York Times, in magazines such as Business Week, Good Housekeeping, and Newsweek, and throughout Europe and in Japan. He lives in Connecticut.


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Robert Browning's poetry has mysteries and a beauty of language that youngsters will love exploring, from the classic and beloved Pied Piper of Hamelin to the charming verse play Pippa Passes. Perfect for parents to read aloud or along with their children, and accompanied by striking artwork, here is a selection of some of Browning's most reader-friendly works. Several pai Robert Browning's poetry has mysteries and a beauty of language that youngsters will love exploring, from the classic and beloved Pied Piper of Hamelin to the charming verse play Pippa Passes. Perfect for parents to read aloud or along with their children, and accompanied by striking artwork, here is a selection of some of Browning's most reader-friendly works. Several paintings compellingly capture Pied Piper's drama: the Piper, smiling as he offers his services; the rats fleeing the town in droves; and the entranced children who will soon be lost forever. Home Thoughts from Abroad ("Oh, to be in England, Now that April's there...") features illustrations of the countryside in full bloom. There are 25 excerpts in all, fully annotated to enrich young readers' understanding of these poems. Dr. Eileen Gillooly earned her Ph.D. from Columbia University, where she is Director of the Core Curriculum and teaches nineteenth-century literature and culture. She has also edited another entry in the Poetry for Young People series on Rudyard Kipling. Joel Spector's work appears regularly in books, in newspapers such as the New York Times, in magazines such as Business Week, Good Housekeeping, and Newsweek, and throughout Europe and in Japan. He lives in Connecticut.

30 review for Poetry for Young People: Robert Browning

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mir

    "My Last Duchess"? Really? Because we are all so eager to explain uxoricide to the children? To be fair, most of the poems Gillooly selects are easier to understand (and less disturbing) than this one, but they still don't seem especially suited for children. Not inappropriate, just not especially interesting, either. I'd give the same assessment of the illustrations. "My Last Duchess"? Really? Because we are all so eager to explain uxoricide to the children? To be fair, most of the poems Gillooly selects are easier to understand (and less disturbing) than this one, but they still don't seem especially suited for children. Not inappropriate, just not especially interesting, either. I'd give the same assessment of the illustrations.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    This edition in this wonderful series chooses a 'difficult' poet. Even his wife, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, asked of him more "clarity." Yet many of his works are part of our common heritage: "God's in his heaven-- All's right with the world" is from *Pippa's Song*. Browning wrote up and popularized the folktale of *The Pied Piper*. "Oh to be in England Now that April's there" is from *Home-Thoughts, from Abroad*. "Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be" is from *Rabbi Ben Ezra*. So, you see, if This edition in this wonderful series chooses a 'difficult' poet. Even his wife, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, asked of him more "clarity." Yet many of his works are part of our common heritage: "God's in his heaven-- All's right with the world" is from *Pippa's Song*. Browning wrote up and popularized the folktale of *The Pied Piper*. "Oh to be in England Now that April's there" is from *Home-Thoughts, from Abroad*. "Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be" is from *Rabbi Ben Ezra*. So, you see, if you want more good poems, check out Browning. If you can, explore this collection first as the art, guide notes, vocabulary key, and presentation enliven & enrich his work. My favorite is brand-new to me. I don't much know/ understand the history referenced by *Through the Metidja to Abd-El-Kadr* but I love the emphatic rhythm/sound of the poem, esp. the chorus, "As I ride, as I ride!" Makes me want to take up horseback riding so I can chant that as we go.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Judy

    rating 2.5 My rating is for this particular collection of Browning's work, not for the poetry itself. What age range is this targeting? Most of these verses are inappropriate for a young audience. The exception is The Pied Piper. It has been carefully abridged and is nicely illustrated. rating 2.5 My rating is for this particular collection of Browning's work, not for the poetry itself. What age range is this targeting? Most of these verses are inappropriate for a young audience. The exception is The Pied Piper. It has been carefully abridged and is nicely illustrated.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tandava Graham

    Given how the introduction starts out by harping on how obscure Browning's poetry is, I would hardly have thought him a fit choice for a children's picture book. They did manage to find some that worked well, but a lot of them did not seem at all suitable for grades 3-6, which is the suggested age range listed on Amazon. There's "My Last Duchess," about the Duke killing his wife, and then two poems and illustrations featuring men killed by gunshot wounds, just for a start. And even the rendition Given how the introduction starts out by harping on how obscure Browning's poetry is, I would hardly have thought him a fit choice for a children's picture book. They did manage to find some that worked well, but a lot of them did not seem at all suitable for grades 3-6, which is the suggested age range listed on Amazon. There's "My Last Duchess," about the Duke killing his wife, and then two poems and illustrations featuring men killed by gunshot wounds, just for a start. And even the rendition of "The Pied Piper of Hamelin" is about kids being punished because the adults were jerks (that's in the original story, of course, but still.) Sheesh.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne Kunz Williams

    Some books gets low marks not because there is anything wrong with the book but because the reader just doesn't have the experience to understand the principles the author is putting forth. That is me with this book. I'm sure the poems are wonderful and some parts of them I like. But so many are of such tragedies that they are hard to read. And then again I'm sure that Robert Browning was writing about these tragedies so that we didn't repeat them. Joel Spector's art work was amazing! My favorit Some books gets low marks not because there is anything wrong with the book but because the reader just doesn't have the experience to understand the principles the author is putting forth. That is me with this book. I'm sure the poems are wonderful and some parts of them I like. But so many are of such tragedies that they are hard to read. And then again I'm sure that Robert Browning was writing about these tragedies so that we didn't repeat them. Joel Spector's art work was amazing! My favorite picture - one I wish I could buy for my own home - is on page 47.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    We're really enjoying this series - as kids and adults. I love that the introduction covers the life and some explanation of the poetry as well. We're really enjoying this series - as kids and adults. I love that the introduction covers the life and some explanation of the poetry as well.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sarahʕ•ᴥ•ʔ

    Poetry for Young People is a collection of modified poems intended for younger generations to understand and learn from. I, personally, rarely understood the poems in this book. The ones I did understand were okay. I prefer poems and stories by Edgar Allan Poe. 2/5 stars

  8. 5 out of 5

    Amy Hardy

    This book of poetry gets children to love exploring the classic Pied Piper stories, but done in poems. The gorgeous illustrations features the countryside and Pied Piper's story. I just love classic stories like this that are used into poems. The students will love the rhyming verses that they explore in this book. My favorite poem with when the rats follows Piper out of town. Plus, there are 25 excerpts to help students fully understand the poem. I think parents and teachers would love to use t This book of poetry gets children to love exploring the classic Pied Piper stories, but done in poems. The gorgeous illustrations features the countryside and Pied Piper's story. I just love classic stories like this that are used into poems. The students will love the rhyming verses that they explore in this book. My favorite poem with when the rats follows Piper out of town. Plus, there are 25 excerpts to help students fully understand the poem. I think parents and teachers would love to use this book for shared reading.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Leanne

    I don't think Robert Browning was attempting to write his poetry for young people; nevertheless, I love the presentation of this book and want to read more in the poetry series. Good excerpts, brief explanations, and beautiful artwork. Great introduction in to the poet. I don't think Robert Browning was attempting to write his poetry for young people; nevertheless, I love the presentation of this book and want to read more in the poetry series. Good excerpts, brief explanations, and beautiful artwork. Great introduction in to the poet.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kristy

    An introduction to one of these poesm says "Browning was often difficult to understand"...that's an understatement. I'm an adult and I had trouble grasping most of the poems in this book. And I like poetry!! I love his wife's work; Elizabeth Barrett Browning was a genius. An introduction to one of these poesm says "Browning was often difficult to understand"...that's an understatement. I'm an adult and I had trouble grasping most of the poems in this book. And I like poetry!! I love his wife's work; Elizabeth Barrett Browning was a genius.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Mielke's Class Make sure you post how your sheets tell you to!!!!

    I don't recommend this book to any one. It is probably the worst book I have ever read! It's hard to fallow and the poems are horrible. THIS BOOK WAS HORRIBLE!! DV I don't recommend this book to any one. It is probably the worst book I have ever read! It's hard to fallow and the poems are horrible. THIS BOOK WAS HORRIBLE!! DV

  12. 5 out of 5

    Theresa

    a good selection of poems and information about the poems explaining them to children i love the way this series presents the poems with beautiful pictures and explianations

  13. 4 out of 5

    Theresa

    a great collection of poems for young children with explanations of the terminology, form and function of the poetry and the writer

  14. 4 out of 5

    Christina Packard

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Lewis

  17. 5 out of 5

    Grace

  18. 4 out of 5

    Beth Bauman

  19. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

  20. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

  21. 4 out of 5

    Juliet Brambrink

  22. 4 out of 5

    Laurie

  23. 4 out of 5

    Cecilia O'Neal

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kami Oliphant

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mary

  26. 4 out of 5

    Rbsveter

  27. 4 out of 5

    Spencer

  28. 4 out of 5

    Shelem Horton

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jenni De la mare

  30. 4 out of 5

    lindafay

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