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Silver Pennies: A Collection of Modern Poems for Boys and Girls

4.75 of 5 stars 4.75  ·  rating details  ·  75 ratings  ·  14 reviews
An anthology of poems for young people, with selections from such authors as Walter de la Mare, Rose Fyleman, Hilda Conkling, E. Nesbit, Robert Frost, Elizabeth Madox Roberts, Vachel Lindsay, James Stephens, W.B. Yeats, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and Emily Dickinson.
Published (first published 1929)
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Even though I now know most of the poems by heart, I have read and re-read this little book since my third grade teacher gave it to me more than 50 years ago.
My sister won this book at our school book fair in elementary school for a story she had written. During the summer while swimming in the Chesapeake Bay my aunt had a crab on the end of her foot hanging on to her tennis shoes. The librarian, Mrs. Francis covered a penny with aluminum foil and gave it to her along with the book. The book became a favorite poetry book for the family. Later, when I was teaching third grade I purchased a used copy to use in my classroom.
I remember seeing this book on my mother's book shelf, thinking it was so beautiful on the outside. When I was finally was old enough to read it I found it was just as beautiful on the inside. So my love of old beautifully crafted books began. I still love this book and it's still on my mother's bookshelf. One of those books that has impacted me.
Jul 19, 2008 Joyce rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who loves fairies, whimsy, or wants to introduce poetry to children
Recommended to Joyce by: my mother read this book many times to me as a child
A gem of a book for anyone who loves fairies, goblins, or whimsy of any kind. Currently out of print, it is well worth seeking out a used copy. You won't find a better way to introduce poetry to children than this!
Delightful, whimsical, sensitive, perfumed with pixie dust. Worth owning
Elizabeth Crook
I've cherished this exact edition of Silver Pennies, along with More Silver Pennie and All the Silver Pennies (all out of print now) since my mother read these poems to my brother and sister and me, over and over, for years. We can all still recite many of them from memory. It's a wonderful selection that I read many times to my children. I recently splurged on an old copy for a baby gift. Beautiful book, beautiful peoms.
This book is very special to me, as my mother and I read it to each other when I was a boy. The following is a favorite of mine...

Overheard on a Salmarsh
Nymph, nymph, what are your beads?

Green glass, goblin. Why do you stare at them?

Give them me.

Give them me. Give them me.

Then I will howl all night in the reeds,
Lie in the mud and howl for them.

Goblin, why do you love them so?

They are better than stars or water,
Better than voices of winds that sing,
Better than any man's fair dau
Jan 06, 2014 KC rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
Recommended to KC by: My Mother
I've loved this book since I can remember. My 77-year-old mother's uncle gifted it to her when she was a child, and she read it to me often over the years. I just love the illustrations and the poems are wonderful for children and adults. I would recommend this book to any one interested in charming, classic children's poems.
May 25, 2007 Caryl rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone with children
"You must have a silver penny / To get into Fairyland." This book will take you there. An anthology of children's poetry, this book was originally published in 1925, and then reissued in 1956 in the original format. My father probably read it when he was a child and then read it to me. Alas, you cannot have it read to you by him. Even so, Moon Folly, Vinegar Man and Overheard on a Saltmarsh are fraught with just the right amount of light and dark to captivate.
Lisbeth Solberg
Lovely collection, child-sized and chockful of beautiful multilayered pieces. W.B. Yeats, John Masefield, Vachel Lindsay, Harold Munro, McCrae. Sad, wry, mysterious. This book figures in one of my earliest literacy memories and I am so happy to see it still in print.
Jude Morrissey
I grew up on this poetry collection, and recently got a copy for my kids, as well! A great poetry collection for lovers of fairy tales, and a great companion for anyone who loves George MacDonald's short stories, too!
Nov 18, 2007 Zoie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
This book used to be my grandmothers book. I read it often and like it a lot. It's a cute little poetry book of faeries that can wisk you away in your imagination and see things from a whole other view.
This is one of my favorite antique books. It was given to my grandfather when he was young. With it is an actual silver penny minted in the 1940s.
My grandmother gave me an old battered copy of this book when I was very little. The book is also very little.
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