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Here's a Little Poem: A Very First Book of Poetry
Contributor(s): Yolen, Jane (Compiler), Peters, Andrew Fusek (Compiler), Dunbar, Polly (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0763631418     ISBN-13: 9780763631413
Publisher: Candlewick Pr
    OUR PRICE: $19.80  
Product Type: School And Library - Other Formats
Published: February 2007
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Annotation: More than 60 poems by such beloved writers as Margaret Wise Brown, Langston Hughes, and A.A. Milne are collected in this volume that captures a very young child's intense delight in the experiences and rituals of every new day. Full color.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Children's poetry, American.
Children's poetry, English.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Poetry
Dewey: 811.008/09282
LCCN: 2006040621
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Non Fiction
Physical Information: 11.50" H x 10.50" W x 0.75" (2.25 lbs) 112 pages
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher Description:
This exuberant celebration of poetry is an essential book for every young one's library and a georgeous gift to be both shared and treasured.
Sit back and savor a superb collection of more than sixty poems by a wide range of talented writers, from Margaret Wise Brown to Gertrude Stein, Langston Hughes to A. A. Milne. Greeting the morning, enjoying the adventures of the day, cuddling up to a cozy bedtime -- these are poems that highlight the moments of a toddler's world from dawn to dusk. Carefully gathered by Jane Yolen and Andrew Fusek Peters and delightfully illustrated by Polly Dunbar, HERE'S A LITTLE POEM offers a comprehensive introduction to some remarkable poets, even as it captures a very young child's intense delight in the experiences and rituals of every new day.

Contributor Bio(s): ne Yolen is the author of more than 250 books for children and young adults, including SOFT HOUSE, OWL MOON, and HOW DO DINOSAURS SAY GOOD NIGHT? She also collected poems for THIS LITTLE PIGGY: LAP SONGS, FINGER PLAYS, CLAPPING GAMES, and PANTOMINE RHYMES, an anthology of rhymes and games for toddlers. Jane Yolen divides her time between Massachusetts and Scotland.

Andrew Fusek Peters is a poet and anthologist whose work has appeared in collections for children and teens. He has also written many books. Andrew Fusek Peters lives in Shropshire, England.

Polly Dunbar is the author and illustrator of DOG BLUE and FLYAWAY KATIE, as well as the illustrator of SHOE BABY, written by her mother, Joyce Dunbar. Polly Dunbar lives in Brighton, England.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2007 Fall)
This collection includes sixty-one poems, arranged thematically, that celebrate a child's day. The well-selected pieces include familiar works and some that are lesser known. The poems' varied rhythms and rhyme schemes, child-friendly wordplay, and age-appropriate topics make this book a good starting point for sharing poetry with young children. Dunbar's lively mixed-media illustrations bounce and tumble over the pages. Ind. Copyright 2007 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2008 Spring)
This collection includes sixty-one poems, arranged thematically, that celebrate a child's day. The well-selected pieces include familiar works and some that are lesser known. The poems' varied rhythms and rhyme schemes, child-friendly wordplay, and age-appropriate topics make this book a good starting point for sharing poetry with young children. Dunbar's lively mixed-media illustrations bounce and tumble over the pages. Ind. Copyright 2008 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2007 January #5)

Here are , actually, 61 little poems, which together provide a high-spirited, engaging introduction to poetry. Gleaned from various countries and representing a refreshing array of voices, the poems fall into four categories of high interest to youngsters: "Me, Myself, and I," "Who Lives in My House?," "I Go Outside" and "Time for Bed." The selections include waggish nonsense verse, rambunctious action rhymes, quieter passages, and snippets of everyday life. Margaret Mahy's "My Sister" typifies the collection's airiness and spunk: "My sister's remarkably light,/ She can float to a fabulous height./ It's a troublesome thing,/ But we tie her with string,/ And we use her instead of a kite." Other contributors include the volume's two anthologists, plus Langston Hughes, Margaret Wise Brown, Eve Merriam, Jack Prelutsky, Charlotte Pomerantz and Lilian Moore. Dunbar's signature cheery, mixed-media art injects new energy into even the most familiar poems; her interpretation of A.A. Milne's "Halfway Down," for instance, portrays a girl on a staircase that seems to spiral up to heaven, while the girl on "The Swing" by Robert Louis Stevenson looks suspended from the clouds, over a collage countryside of textured cloth patterns. This elegant, oversize treasury features children as endearing as the verse they illustrateâ€"well, except perhaps for "The No-No Bird" perched in "the Tantrum Tree," a boy with wings aflame and mouth open in a scream. There's something for everyone here. Ages 6 mos.-5 yrs. (Mar.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2007 April)

PreS-K— Many collections of poems that purport to be for very young children are actually for primary graders. This oversize book really is for preschoolers. The poems, one per page, are arranged in four categories that encompass child's a world: "Me, Myself, and I," "Who Lives in My House?," "I Go Outside," and "Time for Bed." The poetry is witty, intelligent, and well crafted, and perfect for the target audience. The list of contributors reads like a who's who of children's poetry—Margaret Wise Brown, Nikki Grimes, Aileen Fisher, Jack Prelutsky, and others. Almost all of the selections have appeared in print before. Most of them are only a few lines long, and are printed in large informal type in a variety of colors that match the illustrations. The art was created using a wide range of mediums and techniques, and Dunbar blends them seamlessly to create charming images that are amazingly expressive. The children in them are carefree and happy and the book as a whole suggests a world that is safe and secure. Here's a Little Poem is a great way to introduce the youngest listeners to the genre.—Donna Cardon, Provo City Library, UT

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