The Oxford Illustrated Book of American Children's Poems

The Oxford Illustrated Book of American Children's Poems

by Donald Hall (Editor)


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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. Alarc n. Children will love discovering these gems, and both parents and teachers will delight in reading to children from this book.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780195123739
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 12/02/1999
Pages: 96
Product dimensions: 10.10(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 7 - 11 Years

About the Author

Donald Hall is the author of many children's favorites, including The Ox-Cart Man (a Caldecott Medal winner), I Am the Dog, I Am the Cat and Lucy's Summer, and the editor of The Oxford Book of Children's Verse in America (OUP, 1985). He has also written a dozen books of poetry, most recently Without. He lives on a farm in New Hampshire.

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Oxford Illustrated Book of American Children's Poems 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
tnelson725 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This anthology of poems starts with Native American cradle songs and some early classics, moves on to the favorites by well known poets such as Keats, Frost, and Langston Hughes. The book ends with some new poetry that would be appropriate for children now like Shel Silverstein and Gary Soto. I found this book to be a fairly comprehensive anthology that I think children will enjoy. I know that I really liked the Native American cradle songs and I have always adored Shel Silverstein. I recognized many of the poems in this book. For this book, I would have students write their favorite poems on paper leaves that they can cut out and put on the classroom's poetry tree. They could decorate their leaves and color them also.
MichelleHudon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Oxford Illustrated Book of American Children's Poems is a collection of children's poetry from the 19th and 20th century. The collection is edited by acclaimed children's author and poet Donald Hall. The collection begins with a Native American poem signed anonymous, and then features familiar works such as A Visit from St. Nicholas, Mary's Lamb, and Little Orphan Annie. The collection includes works by recognizable poets such as Robert Frost, T. S. Eliot, and Emily Dickinson as well as many unrecognizable poets. This is a beautiful collection of children's poetry. The poetry in this collection is very familiar and comforting and reminds me of being a child. The poetry in this collection is suitable for children of all ages. I think that many adults would find enjoyment reading this collection as well. There are illustrations to go along with many of the poems which add some extra enjoyment. Because this is a collection of poetry written by many different authors the illustrations that accompanied each poem were very unique from each other. I would highly recommend this book for children and their parents.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago