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Recess, rhyme, and reason : a collection of poems about school
Stockland, Patricia M.
Publication Information:
Minneapolis, MN : Compass Point Books, [2004]

Physical Description:
32 pages : color illustrations ; 24 x 29 cm.
An anthology of poems about school, plus "Toolbox tips" that help the reader understand poetry and how poems are written.
Reading Level:
910 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.8 0.5 75705.
Electronic Access:
Table of contents
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Material Type
Home Location
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PS595.S34 R43 2004 Juvenile Non-Fiction Childrens Area

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FEATURES- Original full-color illustrations- Guaranteed sewn library binding- Table of contents, index of featured poets, and glossary of poetry terms- Additional resources and writing tips- Accelerated Reader quizzes available Spring 2004

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Reviewed with Fur, Fangs, and Footprints Gr. 3-6. Part anthology, part textbook, entries in the Poet's Toolbox series match accessible poems with basic poetry concepts. On each spread, illustrated with bright and busy drawings, a poem appears above text that describes how the poem illustrates a poet's "tool," such as rhyme, imagery, or form. With such limited space devoted to explanations, a few of the concepts may not be clear to younger readers; many children, for example, will not know how to "count the stressed syllables." Stockland's selection of poems, though, is excellent. Familiar poets such as Gary Soto and Myra Cohn Livingston, as well as Stockland herself, write the mostly lighthearted entries, which are grouped around a particular theme. Even if children need help to make the connections between poem and concept, the books are excellent examples of what makes up poetry. The introductions, conclusions, and glossaries are similar, though not identical, in both books, but each title has different, helpful tips for getting young poets started. Fine classroom resources, these will also interest aspiring young poets working on their own. --Gillian Engberg Copyright 2004 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-6-Each poem-mostly one per page-is accompanied by a colorful illustration and an explanation of a related poetic form or concept, such as acrostic, meter, voice, onomatopoeia, or limerick. Carefully selected from a diverse range of authors including Carl Sandburg, Jean Little, Langston Hughes, Ogden Nash, and Janet S. Wong, the poems effectively and clearly illustrate the concepts. Youngsters are also provided with ideas about how to put their knowledge to work. Unfortunately, all of the books end with the same limited list for suggested reading and the indexes do not include the forms/concepts discussed. The cartoon artwork is wonderfully odd and helps to make the titles fun and inviting. Simpler, more serious alternatives to Brian P. Cleary's Rainbow Soup (Carolrhoda, 2004), these offerings will be useful for pleasure reading and for assignments.-Laura Reed, Kitchener Public Library, Ontario, Canada (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Open Your Toolboxp. 4
Poemsp. 6
Collect Your Toolsp. 26
Go to Workp. 27
The Poet's Toolbox Glossaryp. 28
Finding More Poetryp. 30
Indexp. 32