The children's poems collected in Koch's Wishes, Lies and Dreams (KR, 1970) demonstrated the joyous results achieved by his...

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The children's poems collected in Koch's Wishes, Lies and Dreams (KR, 1970) demonstrated the joyous results achieved by his open supportive method of liberating kids' poetic imaginations. Here he explains how he led the same children to enjoy and participate in great poetry -- even poetry that was admittedly ""too hard"" for them- by making it part of their own writing experience. In a combination anthology and teachers' handbook, he reproduces poems -- by Yeats, Shakespeare, Donne, W. C. Williams -- that have worked for his classes with notes on how he used them and examples of the children's poems that they inspired. To Koch, . . . ""What matters for the present is not that the children admire Blake and his achievement but that each child be able to find a tyger of his own."" Other teachers who use Koch's book as he uses poetry, not as a script for their own lesson plans but as a springboard for their own ideas, will unquestionably be rewarded by the same enthusiasm that led one sixth grader to write about poetry: ""You can express feelings non-feelings trees/ anything A to Z that's why/ IT'S GREAT STUFF!

Pub Date: July 20, 1973

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Publisher: Random House

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 1973