Kuskin arranges some of her previously published verses to illustrate the simple lesson in poetics with which they are interspersed. But the verses could make their points as well without these direct instructions to listen to the sounds of the words, compare them to colors in a painting, or whatever. In fact the second entry, ""Take a Word Like Cat,"" is a poem about writing a poem, and perhaps, in itself, the most successful example in the volume. All too often, though, holding them up as examples only shows up the verses' essential vapidity. The occasional touch of mild humor might amuse, but one can only express dismay at the prospect of classrooms full of children being taught to emulate such pale shades of poetry.