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Poetry Speaks to Children

Poetry Speaks to Children

Elise (Editor) Paschen
Illustrator:  Judy Love , Paula Zinngrabe Wendland , Wendy Rasmussen 
Poetry with Audio CD
For ages 6 to 12
Sourcebooks Inc., 2005   ISBN: 978-1402203299

There is nothing quite like hearing poetry being read out loud and there really is nothing at all like hearing poems being read by the poets who wrote them. In this one-of-a-kind collection there are ninety-five poems, fifty two of which have been recorded on the accompanying audio CD. It is very special to hear Roald Dahl himself reading his poem about the dentist and the crocodile. Will the dentist end up being the crocodile’s next meal? J.R.R Tolkien reads “Frodo’s Song in Bree,” a reading which will thrill those who have read and enjoyed his famous books. And, in a warm resonant voice, Robert Frost reads “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Winter Evening.”

In these poems children will meet some old favorites such as Blake’s “Tyger” and C.S. Lewis’ “Jabberwocky,” and it will also introduce children to other less well known poems by poets such as Jane Yolen and Mary Ann Hoberman. With wonderful illustrations to accompany them, these poems will open up a whole new world to young readers, showing them how poems can evoke an image to perfection, make them laugh out loud, and give them a fascinating picture of the world around them.