There are poems for all tastes in this anthology -- divided into categories like animals, nature, places, school and family. The poets represented are numerous and most of the poems here were new to me. Some are short and sweet and others are a bit longer but there is nothing that would try the attention span of even the youngest listeners. This book is bright and beautiful and really succeeds is making poetry accessible.
We want to share two poems from the book -- one was Z's favorite and one was mine. See if you can guess which is which.
If you should meet a crocodile
Don't take a stick and poke him;
Ignore the welcome in his smile,
Be careful not to stroke him.
For as he sleeps upon the Nile,
He thinner gets and thinner;
Whenever you meet a crocodile
He's looking for his dinner.
My ShadowEnjoying the varied world of poetry,
by Robert Louis Stevenson
I have a little shadow that goes in and out with me,
And what can be the use of him is more than I can see.
He is very, very like me from the heels up to the head;
And I see him jump before me, when I jump into my bed.
The funniest thing about him is the way he likes to grow--
Not at all like proper children, which is always very slow;
For he sometimes shoots up taller like an india-rubber ball,
And he sometimes goes so little that there's none of him at all.
He hasn't got a notion of how children ought to play,
And can only make a fool of me in every sort of way.
He stays so close behind me, he's a coward you can see;
I'd think shame to stick to nursie as that shadow sticks to me!
One morning, very early, before the sun was up,
I rose and found the shining dew on every buttercup;
But my lazy little shadow, like an arrant sleepy-head,
Had stayed at home behind me and was fast asleep in bed.
K and Z
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