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  1. The Oxford Illustrated Book of American Children's Poems
    The Oxford Illustrated Book of American Children's Poems
    The Oxford Illustrated Book of American Children's Poems
    The Oxford Illustrated Book of American Children's Poems
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  2. The Oxford Illustrated Book of American Children's Poems

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    Price R406.00

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American children's poetry began with Native American cradle songs, moved on to a rhymed alphabet, blossomed in the 19th century with "A Visit from St. Nicholas," expanded widely in the 20th century, and continues with vigor into the new millennium. Some of the best of these poems, however, have been neglected or forgotten.

This collection, edited by acclaimed children's author and poet Donald Hall, returns the forgotten treasures of American children's poetry. Featuring some of the best of children's book illustration-including archival selections from rare and early editions and pictures from now defunct 19th- and early-20th-century children's magazines-this anthology revives not only the classic poems but also the atmosphere of the periods in which they were written and read.

Starting with anonymous Native American verses and a selection from the 1727 New England Primer, "Alphabet," this book spans two centuries of American children's poetry. Immediately recognizable names, including Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, Carl Sandburg, and T. S. Eliot are joined by talented contemporary poets like Gwendolyn Brooks, Sandra Cisneros, Janet S. Wong, and others. Perennial favorites-such as "The Three Little Kittens" and "Casey at the Bat"-are mixed in with new classics, such as Shel Silverstein's "Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout Would Not Take the Garbage Out." Poems about holidays appear with verses for recitation, nursery rhymes, poems for laughter, bedtime verses, scary poems, and animal poems. In recognition of America's diverse nature, the selections in this anthology reflect a variety of backgrounds and experiences. From anonymous African-American poets we step forward through the ages to admire the talents of Langston Hughes, Sonia Sanchez, and Francisco X. Alarcón. Children will love discovering these gems, and both parents and teachers will delight in reading to children from this book.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

I bought this book to go with an American History cirriculum and we read a poem every couple of days. Under the author of each poem is the date in which they lived, so I can say stuff like, "oh look, this woman wrote this poem during the time when Abraham Lincoln was president" and it helps tie everything together for everyone. Also, the poems are great fun and not boring at all. It is a really good way to show kids that they can enjoy poetry.
The Oxford Illustrated Book of American Children's Poems is a beautiful book. The selections of poems are excellent. There is a great variety of poems from nursery rhymes to poems for older children. The editor chose poems with strong imagery to be easily envisioned by all readers, not only children. The illustrations are exquisite. They are watercolor pictures with muted colors, beautifully composed and interesting to readers young and old. I purchased this book from an Amazon vendor and it did not disappoint. This book allows children to be exposed to great literature and to share it with a cherished reader. As a professor of Children's Literature, I'm glad I purchased it. I look forward to using it in my class soon.
I'm reading this book aloud to my children and overall it's very nice. I like that the poems are in chronological order, though some of the modern ones are a bit odd. Many of the older poems are classics and very familiar. Some of the older poems also have 'dark' content that may be upsetting for very young children. I tend to have to skip over a line or two every few poems.
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