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The 20th Century Children's Poetry Treasury (Treasured Gifts for the…

by Jack Prelutsky

Other authors: Meilo So (Illustrator)

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I really enjoyed this poetry collection! In this treasury of poem's, Jack Prelutsky orders each entry by time of year and season. If the reader reads the book from the beginning to end, he/she will experience a year from a child's eyes. The treasury includes poems that deal with every-day activities, such as sports, school, families and seasons. The main message of this story is that everyone should feel a little bit of wonder or creativity, even during a "routine" day. For example, the book gives a poetic spin on the sound of a woodpecker: "Woodpecker's jack hammer head starts a dreadful din."

I also enjoyed the watercolor pictures in this treasury. Having lightly colored pictures allowed the reader to better focus on the many sections of words on each page. (There was about five poems per page). If the illustrations had been more bold, the reader would have been over-stimulated!

Finally, this treasury included the work of about one hundred different children's poets. The constant change in voice kept the book alive and interesting. For example, in the middle of the book, a sad poem about rain is followed up by a more up-beat poem about rain and flowers! ( )
  ElanaRubinstein | Feb 23, 2016 |
This is a collection of poetry, full of watercolors, about a wide variety of topics such as nature, siblings, school, and everyday life.
  mlcraft | Feb 18, 2009 |
These modern poems for children were not my favorites- there were good ones, to be sure, but overall I wasn't into the majority. There were few poems of interest to adults, and even fewer silly children's poems (like Shel Silversteins, my favorites), so the majority of poems were less-than-dazzling descriptive type poems. Nonetheless, if you need a poem on a topic, there's sure to be one in here. ( )
  t1bclasslibrary | Mar 2, 2007 |
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"I objurgate the centipede,/ A bug we do not really need," writes Ogden Nash. Carl Sandburg hums and strums, while pages later, William Jay Smith compares a toaster to a silver-scaled dragon. And of course A.A. Milne must add his two cents' worth, "tiddely pom, tiddely pom." What a labor of love! Children's poet and anthologist Jack Prelutsky has collected 211 of his favorite poems by 137 poets, representing the best of verse from each decade of the 20th century. "Until this century, most children's poetry was either syrupy sweet or overblown and didactic, and tended to talk down to its readers," Prelutsky writes in his introduction. "Contemporary children's poets have thrown all that condescension and moralizing out the window, and write with today's real child in mind."

What's in this anthology for today's child? Food fights, outer space, animals, noses, monsters, sports, and sibling rivalry. Each of award-winning illustrator Meilo So's spectacular watercolor-splashed spreads reflects a theme: one buggy watercolor romp is surrounded by Deborah Chandra's "Cricket," Walter R. Brooks's "Ants, Although Admirable, Are Awfully Aggravating," and Robert Frost's "Blue-Butterfly Day." Five nocturnal poems nestle into a moonlit cityscape. Four music-related poems, from Bruce Lansky's "My Violin" to X.J. Kennedy's "The Girl Who Makes the Cymbals Bang," burst from So's cacophonous paintings. This excellent collection, a companion to The 20th Century Children's Book Treasury, belongs on every poetry lover's bookshelf. Prelutsky, creator of The New Kid on the Block, The Dragons Are Singing Tonight, and more than 30 other poetry books, has perfect pitch. (Click to see a sample spread. Illustrations copyright 1999 by Meilo So. Permission of Alfred A. Knopf.) (All ages) --Karin Snelson

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A collection of more than 200 poems by such modern poets as Nikki Grimes, John Ciardi, Karla Kuskin, Ted Hughes, e.e. cummings, Eve Merriam, Deborah Chandra, Arnold Adoff, and more than 100 others.

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