From two experienced British anthologists, a well-intended but unimpressive collection of verse: 200-odd poems in large format, without formal arrangement. Beginning with nursery rhymes and word-games, the book cuts from one subject to the next--everyday life, animals, etc.--with the reader left to infer the plan. British poets predominate; Rachel Field, Robert Frost, Gwendolynn Brooks, and Laura E. Richards are among missing Americans. The illustrations (uncredited except under ""acknowledgements"") are often crowded and rarely distinguished. No author or subject index. A disappointing follow-up to Edward Blishen's splendid Oxford Book of Poetry for Children (1963), with which this should not be confused.