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A FAMILY OF POEMS by Caroline Kennedy


My Favorite Poetry for Children

by Caroline Kennedy & illustrated by Jon J Muth

Age Range: 4 & up

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2005
ISBN: 0-7868-5111-2
Publisher: Hyperion

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+)