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December 29, 2006

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Many of the poets reading their works in POETRY SPEAKS TO CHILDREN can be heard at http://www.poetryarchive.org. They have a fantastic children's section at: http://www.poetryarchive.org/childrensarchive/home.do

It is great to hear the poets and this book does have a great selection. However, I find the illustrations way too cute and wish they had done something else. Illustration can doom a poem for me. There are some who feel poetry should never be illustrated and this book makes me agree with them.

pssst...you can hear more Langston Hughes read/recite Langston Hughes here. Our library seems to have most of the Voice of the Poet series, and so much sends chills down my back.

And while searching on Amazon for the link, I found "The Essential Langston Hughes", coming from Caedmon in Aug. 2007 -- hmmm!

ooh, thanks for the tips, Monica and Becky. I've missed Langston Hughes, and don't really know why I haven't read his work in so long. I look forward to catching up with more readings on the links y'all mentioned.

Monica, generally I like pictures in books of children's poetry because they are a way in for children who are very visual. But I can see the argument against including them. Pictures, I mean, not children. Ha.

I really want to see this one. Thanks for the informative review.

Jules, I liked the variety of poems that Elise Paschen put together. Your library may have this one; I think mine does.

My son likes the "Gas" one best; needless to say, it is not about the oil-industry variety.

Susan,

I have seen this book reviewed in a couple of other places. I finally ordered it yesterday on your recommendation. Thanks!

The Favorite Poem Project website has videos of some of the participants reading their favorite poems. The last of the project's three books, "Invitation to Poetry," includes a DVD that also features
participants reading their favorite poems.

http://www.favoritepoem.org

I, too, like illustrated books of poetry for young children. I think the illustrations draw some children to books of poetry they might not read otherwise. I do think poor illustrations can detract from a book of children's poetry. However, if a poem is a good piece of writing, nothing can doom it for me.

Elaine, I really like the book and the range of poems and authors. Let me know what you think when you get it. Some of the pictures are lovely.

My son said about an illustration of a Karla Kusking poem, "Mom, that looks like you." I just loved that.

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