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Pocket poems
Katz, Bobbi.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Dutton Children's Books, [2004]

Physical Description:
28 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
A collection of poems short enough to be carried in one's pocket, by such authors as Emily George, Emily Dickinson, Gwendolyn Brooks, Charlotte Pomerantz, Nikki Giovanni, and Eve Merriam.
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PS586.3 .P634 2004 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
PS586.3 .P634 2004 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
PS586.3 .P634 2004 Juvenile Non-Fiction Childrens Area
PS586.3 .P634 2004 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
PS586.3 .P634 2004 Juvenile Non-Fiction Oversize

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Here’s the perfect book for celebrating and spreading the word about Poem-in-Your- Pocket Day. This lively collection is packed with kid-friendly “pocket-size” poems, most of them eight lines or less, by such well-known poets as Eve Merriam, Jack Prelutsky, and the anthologist herself, Bobbi Katz. The easy- to-memorize, pint-size poems reflect many different facets of children’s lives and are embellished with witty, winning art by the beloved Marylin Hafner, making a package that will be welcomed by children and their teachers.

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Booklist Review

PreS-Gr. 1. More than 50 short poems to read aloud and remember, arranged in settings from daybreak to nighttime, are accompanied by warm, clear line-and-watercolor pictures that extend the playful action. There are lots of nonsense and silliness, including Lewis Carroll's Twinkle, twinkle, little bat! and William Cole's Banananananana (I started to spell \lquote banana' / And I didn't know when to stop ), and puns are everywhere. In a final note to parents and teachers, poetatz shares her enthusiasm about the joy of memorizing (We own them forever ). Not all the selections have the sort of sing-song rhythm that is easy to remember. Often it is the metaphor and the story that will stay with young listeners, whether it is Colin McNaughton's horror take on how the old woman in the shoe dealt with all those children, or Valerie Worth's lunchbox battle between a sandwich and an apple. Hafner's diagonal picture of preschoolers and adults on a crowded escalator captures the joyful diversity of the collection. --Hazel Rochman Copyright 2004 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Pint-sized poetry proliferates in Pocket Poems, ed. by Bobbi Katz, illus. by Marylin Hafner, with topics ranging from serious to silly. "Breakfast" takes an irreverent approach to Humpty Dumpty (it concludes, "Then all the King's horses/ And all the King's men/ Had scrambled eggs/ for breakfast again"); "Mary Had a Little Lamb," on the other hand, ends in dinner ("Mary had a little lamb,/ You've heard this tale before;/ But did you know/ She passed her plate/ And had a little more?"). Featured poets include Katz herself as well as Emily Dickinson and Carl Sandburg among others. Spot and panel illustrations help to group the poems thematically. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3-In this child-friendly collection of short, bouncy poems, Katz pulls together more than 50 previously published selections by a broad spectrum of authors. She sets the tone with one of her own: "With a poem in your pocket/and/a pocket in your pants/you can rock with new rhythms./You can skip./You can dance./And wherever you go,/and whatever you do,/that poem in your pocket is going there, too." Familiar Mother Goose rhymes and anonymous tidbits such as "The Burp" ("Pardon me for being rude./It was not me, it was my food") are included, along with traditional entries, such as Emily Dickinson's "Autumn," Lewis Carroll's "Twinkle, Twinkle," and an excerpt from William Blake's "Night." However, the greatest representation comes from contemporary, well-loved children's wordsmiths, including Eve Merriam, Jack Prelutsky, Carol Diggory Shields, Aileen Fisher, and Lucille Clifton. The verses range from humorous (William Cole's "Banananananananana") to introspective (Gwendolyn Brooks's "A Stranger to Himself"). Hafner's whimsical watercolor-and-pen illustrations skillfully decorate the pages, visually enhancing the experience of each composition. In a closing note, Katz expresses her hope that these poems "will find short-term homes in the pockets of many children and long-term homes in their memories." This superbly designed volume should find a home on most library shelves.-Lee Bock, Glenbrook Elementary School, Pulaski, WI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.