In the author's preface, he explains the extensive checking that went into the selection of the poetry that makes up this anthology (which could easily be subtitled -- Chosen For Young People by Young People). A group of poems were submitted to highschool seniors, juniors, advanced students and some under average students as well as to English teachers and college students preparing to become English teachers. The results of this survey make for a happy mixture of favorites that go from the sublime to the ridiculous. Without any more editorial comment than the right of placement -- James Whitcomb Riley is followed by Keats and Dorothy Parker's rhymes nudge Sandburg's free verse. Mr. Ward's youngsters have chosen well indeed. The way the editor has set down the great and the near-great side-by-side points up the way in which tastes are made -- comparison will be inevitable.