Poems to Learn by Heart

I love poetry. I am convinced that children today are not exposed enough to poetry, classic and contemporary and so I am always glad/happy/ecstatic when someone  decides to compile a thoughtful book of poems that can provide an opportunity for parents and children alike to share something small but meaningful together.

Poems to Learn by Heart is the second time Caroline Kennedy and Jon Muth have collaborated on a book and this is certain to be as successful as the first, A Family of Poems. Broken into sections about self, family, friendship and love, school, sports and games, war, nature, nonsensical poems and let’s not forget those fairies, ogres and witches, there is something here for everyone of every age. There are poems that will make you laugh out loud, there are poems that might bring a tear to your eye, fairies, ogres, dragons, creatures under ones bed easily dealt with, I think in a poem…what is real and what is make believe, after all.

If you have read any/many of my little notes you will know that MY favorite poems, especially ones for the little darling are rhyming poems, like this one from Eve Merriam:

Catch a Little Rhyme

Once upon a time
I caught a little rhyme

I set it on the floor
but it ran right out the door

I chased it on my bicycle
but it melted into an icicle

I scooped it up in my hat
but it turned into a cat

I caught it by the tail
but it stretched into a whale

I followed it in a boat
but it changed into a goat

When I fed it tin and paper
it became a tall skyscraper

Then it grew into a kite
and flew far out of site…

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