MORE SURPRISES by Lee Bennett Hopkins


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Thirty-five poems for beginning readers--including work by N.M. Bodecker, Christina Rossetti, Mary Ann Hoberman, and William S. Harris--in this sequel to the first I Can Read poetry collection, Surprises. In both rhymed and unrhymed verse, these poems talk about brothers who are brothers, poetry (Harris: ""The man said, after inventing poetry,/'wow'""), noses and ears, whistling, school concerts, lions, birds, witches, worms, open fire hydrants, weather, books, and loose teeth (Bodecker: ""'Lithen,' said Ruth/'I've a little tooth tooth'""). Poems are arranged in six arbitrary categories: ""Some People,"" ""Body Parts,"" ""LivingThings,"" ""How Funny,"" ""Hot and Cold,"" and ""In School and After."" But some of the funnier poems are not in the funny compartment; the nature and seasonal poems are less exact than the others; and the illustrations are perfunctory, though cheerful. Still, while the quality of the poems is uneven, there is enough here to catch early recruits for poetry's cause. Let there be more anthologies of this sort for young readers!

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1987
Page count: 64pp
Publisher: Harper & Row