A FAMILY OF POEMS by Caroline Kennedy

A FAMILY OF POEMS

My Favorite Poetry for Children
by , illustrated by
Age Range: 4 & up

KIRKUS REVIEW

Kennedy’s focus here is on sharing the classic poets with children, and she emphasizes the closeness and warmth that comes from using poems to spark memories of times spent together as a family. Divided into sections, the poems focus on the self, the silly, animals, seasons, the seashore, adventure and bedtime. Truly a collection that will grow with a child, some can be shared with the very young, others are better saved for later years. She includes a wide variety of styles and sources, voices old and new. Muth’s luminous full-bleed watercolors suit the poems perfectly, evoking emotions and sometimes deepening understanding. The poems on facing pages for the most part tie in nicely together, allowing the illustrations to flow across the divide. Foreign poems are included in their original languages—unfortunately not identified. While the actual collection is only so-so, there is excellence in illustration, Kennedy’s introductions and as a way of showing children that all poetry need not rhyme and be funny. (index of first lines) (Poetry. 4+)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2005
ISBN: 0-7868-5111-2
Page count: 144pp
Publisher: Hyperion
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1st, 2005




MORE BY JON J MUTH

ChildrenHI, KOO! by Jon J Muth
by Jon J Muth
ChildrenBLOWIN' IN THE WIND by Jon J Muth
by Bob Dylan
ChildrenCITY DOG, COUNTRY FROG by Mo Willems
by Mo Willems

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

ChildrenLEAVE YOUR SLEEP by Natalie Merchant
by Natalie Merchant
ChildrenPOEMS TO LEARN BY HEART by Caroline Kennedy
by Caroline Kennedy
AdultPOEMS BY HEART by Penguin Group USA
by Penguin Group USA