A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Encourages kids to read poetry and play with words. Poets are diverse, as are the illustrations.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that there is nothing objectionable about this collection, but some poems are quite complicated and may require adult involvement.
Is It Any Good?
A FAMILY OF POEMS: MY FAVORITE POETRY FOR CHILDREN by Caroline Kennedy makes poetry fun and largely accessible. It also reminds parents of the importance of reading poems with their kids -- not only to help them learn to express themselves, but also to give them memories of shared time together. This book can be read aloud to kids of any age -- and adults, too. Jon J. Muth's (Gershon's Monster: A Story for the Jewish New Year) gentle watercolor illustrations will draw the attention of even the youngest, and may help some of the poems make more sense.
Not all of the poems will come easily to kids. Nor do they all fall into their assigned categories just right. But there is still plenty here to appreciate and enjoy. Parents are likely to recognize many of the poems in this collection, and they -- and their kids -- are sure to find new favorites.
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