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Title:
My first Oxford book of poems
Author:
Foster, John, 1941 October 12-
Publication Information:
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2000.
Physical Description:
96 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm
Language:
English
Subject Term:
ISBN:
9780192762016
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

A companion volume to the newly-published My First Oxford Book of Stories, this new anthology is designed to introduce children ages 4 to 7 to the captivating beauty of fine poetry. John Foster--a popular editor of poetry anthologies for children--has collected both traditional and modern poems here, allowing children to share old favorites and discover new ones. The 88 verses are grouped thematically under six headings: Creatures (animal poems), Weather and Seasons, Fantastical and Nonsensical, Beside the Sea (beach/sea poems) From Dusk till Dawn (bedtime poems), and Out and About (nature poems). Let your children get their first taste of the classics, like Byron's "The Wild, the Free," Eleanor Farjeon's "Bedtime," Robert Louis Stevenson's "Where Go the Boats?" and D.H. Lawrence's "Little Fish." Reread the poems of your own childhood, from John Updike's "January" to Edward Lear's "The Owl and the Pussy Cat." And find plenty of new favorites, such as Adrian Mitchell's "Mesopotamia," Charles Causley's "High in the Heaven," Ted Hughes's "Roger the Dog," and Spike Milligan's "Silly Old Baboon." Expect to see the dogeared covers of this wonderful collection on your bookshelf through children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.


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Booklist Review

Ages 4^-9. Here's another fine Oxford poetry anthology. This time it's for young children, a good step up from Mother Goose and folk rhymes but with the same physical immediacy and music. There are nearly 100 poems, classic and contemporary, loosely grouped by themes, from animals and time of day to fantasy and nonsense. A few are perennial favorites (Edward Lear's "The Owl and the Pussycat," Shakespeare's "Winter," Robert Louis Stevenson's "Where Go the Boats?" etc.). There are also lots of lively selections from England and the U.S. that will be new to most children and those who read to them. The bright illustrations by a number of artists occasionally overwhelm the words, but the design of the volume is spacious, and most of the pictures express the feelings of the images: boisterous, dreamy, wild, silly. Share these with groups or with one child; then older readers will come back for their favorites and to find more for themselves. --Hazel Rochman


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-This fine anthology will appeal to a young audience. James Reeves, Eleanor Farjeon, Lilian Moore, and Walter de la Mare are among the dozens of well-known and less-familiar English and American poets included. Nearly all of the selections are rhymed and metered, while the few free-verse poems introduce alliteration and the intricacies of rhythm. Illustrations by eight artists, done in differing but complementary palettes and media, decorate each double-page spread. This volume has a different selector than The New Oxford Treasury of Children's Poems (1999), and includes different poems, though many of the same popular poets appear. Thus, it makes an appropriate prelude to that slightly older-targeted collection. It is a step up from books such as Jane Dyer's Animal Crackers (Little, Brown, 1996), and a more focused complement to Jack Prelutsky's fine Random House Book of Poetry for Children (1983). Divided into sections by subject ("Creatures" and "Weather and Seasons," for instance), and indexed by author, title, and first line, Foster's title should find a wide audience.-Nina Lindsay, Oakland Public Library, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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