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The Random House Book of Poetry for Children

By Patricia Tauzer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Classic will be the most dog-eared on your shelf.

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age 8+

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age 8+

Not For Modern Children!

This is just another stale, thoroughly boring collection of poetry hurriedly compiled in order for its author to make money. I guess his own books were not doing all that well, so he decided to put his name on this compilation by poets of the past. I read the majority of this tripe when I was a child - or had someone read it to me - and it's as unpalatable today as it was then. If you're looking for good poetry for really young children then pick up some Dr. Seuss books. I like Shel Silverstein also, but I do not recommend his work for children under the age of 10. And, for children of all ages I strongly recommend 'Skipping Across The Rainbow Sea' by KT Iversen.

Is It Any Good?

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Despite its no-nonsense title, THE RANDOM HOUSE BOOK OF POETRY FOR CHILDREN is a playfully formatted, entertaining collection of poems that will delight the entire family for years. Readers of all ages will find poems to fit any season, occasion, or mood and, even with repeated readings, will find something new and exciting to enjoy within its pages. The book is divided into 14 broad themes. An original poem by Jack Prelutsky, the first Poet Laureate for Children, introduces each thematic section, and each section is chockfull of works ranging from nursery rhymes to poems by William Shakespeare and Dr. Seuss. Familiar, traditional poems mingle with the fresh and unknown, the serious poems with the silly, and the old voices with new. The mix is engaging.

To add even more fun to these pages of poetry, illustrator Arnold Lobel brought his Caldecott Award-winning touch. His over 400 drawings and paintings make poetry all the more friendly and accessible to kids. Book-reading dinosaurs, plump smiling toads, and chubby-cheeked children are guaranteed to captivate even the most reluctant readers. The fun of poetry comes through here, and that was Prelutsky's aim when, in 1983, he first filled this book with poems he felt kids would like. Happily, he succeeded. And, 25 years later it has become a classic. Without a doubt, it will become one of the most dog-eared volumes on your bookshelf.

Book Details

  • Author: Jack Prelutsky
  • Illustrator: Arnold Lobel
  • Genre: Poetry
  • Book type: Non-Fiction
  • Publisher: Random House
  • Publication date: September 12, 1983
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 5 - 7
  • Number of pages: 248
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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