A Family of Poems: My Favorite Poetry for Children
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A Family of Poems: My Favorite Poetry for Children

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Caroline Kennedy has chosen a rich variety of Kennedy family favorite poems to include in this priceless collection. With thoughtful personal introductions written by Caroline herself, and beautiful new original artwork by award-winning artist, Jon J Muth, this collection is sure to become a family favorite for years to come.
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published September 15th 2005 by Disney-Hyperion
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K.D. Absolutely
Last Thursday, I got this hardbound pristine book from a second-hand bookstore. I have always liked to read poetry but there are those that I do not understand. So, when I saw that this book contains poems for children and it is written by Caroline Kennedy (born 1957), the only surviving child of U.S. President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, and the tag price was P180 ($4), why not?

The book contains the poems that became her favorites when she was a child because these were t...more
This anthology is one of the best available that I've seen. It doesn't talk down to children by only including silly, nonsense rhymes, but contains accessible works by important poets like Blake, William Carlos Williams, Frost, Emily Dickinson and Wordsworth. It is beautifully put together and I recommend it for anyone looking for a meaningful book either for their own children, or to be presented as a gift.
Tracey Demario
Using some of her own family's favorite poems as a starting point, Caroline Kennedy-Schlossberg has compiled a collection of poetry all families can read and enjoy together. The broad range of poems will appeal to children of all ages (N-A).

The poems are divided into topics children can understand, such as: About Me, That's so Silly!, Animals, The Seasons, The Seashore, Adventure and Bedtime. Ancient poets such as Luo Binwang, 19th century poets such as Emily Dickinson and Lewis Carroll, and co...more
Caroline Kennedy shares her family’s traditions and carefully selected, favorite poems for children in this anthology. The anthology contains poems divided into seven sections according to topics such as “About Me”, “That’s So Silly”, “The Seasons”, etc. The beloved poems from all over the world are written in a variety of styles by contemporary poets as well as old, well-known favorites. Caroline Kennedy begins her book with a well-written introduction and each section begins with its own piece...more
A Family of Poems - My Favorite Poetry for Children is an especially fine collection of poetry. Caroline was raised with poems. She was encouraged to write them, to illustrate them, to choose a favorite poem and use it in a birthday card. "If our parents read to us as children, we remember the closeness of the moments together, the sound and power of voice and expression, the sense of wonder that a poem inspires," said Caroline Kennedy as she shared thoughts about piecing this anthology together...more
Bree Johnson
Book: A Family of Poems By: Caroline Kennedy
“Some Opposites”

The opposite of standing still
Is walking up or down a hill,
Running backwards, creeping, crawling,
Leaping off a cliff and falling,
Turning somersaults in gravel,
Or any other mode of travel.
The opposite of a doughnut? Wait
A minute while I meditate.
This isn’t easy. Ah, I’ve found it!
A cookie with a hole around it.
What is the opposite of two?
A lonely me, a lonely you
The opposite of a cloud could be
A white reflection in the sea,
Or a huge blue...more
So, on the one hand, I kind of laugh at the idea of Caroline Kennedy getting such prominent name placement on books of poetry that she just compiles... But on the other hand, I really like her taste in poetry, so that seems to offer some justification for the enterprise. I also wonder if this book has been published in a larger format, because with Jon Muth's gorgeous illustrations, I would totally cut out and frame many of these poems. I really love them all, but the illustrations for "Peacockf...more
An amazing, amazing book of great poems chosen by Caroline Kennedy. The pictures are amazingly vivid, and it enhances the poetry beautifully. There are cute, funny, serious, and classic poems in here, and it is just a pleasure to read.
The only thing better than the smart and witty selection of poems is Jon Muth's fabulous watercolors. It's one of my very favorites.
To those who know me it's obvious why I love this book of poetry. I even have a copy in my classroom.
Great gift or to share with kids
 (NS) Amie
In this beautiful collection of poetry illustrated by Jon J. Muth, there are over 100 poems, from five different continents. I was delighted to read so many poems that I was unfamiliar with, but enjoyed very much. The water color illustrations were so delicate, each one matching the mood and the feel of their poem. Caroline Kennedey divided her selections into child-friendly sections: About Me; That's So Silly; Animals; The Seasons; The Seashore; Adventure; and Bedtime. Each section has a short,...more
This eclectic collection of poetry is organized into seven categories: about me, that’s so silly, animals, the seasons, the seashore, adventure, and bedtime. Each section begins with a page in which Kennedy explains why she included the respective themes in her book of poetry for children. Her explanations illuminate personal, national, and universal relevance. The book contains a table of contents that lists titles and authors, an inspiring two-page introduction, an index of first lines, and ac...more
Maria Nesmith
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The book A Family of Poems by Caroline Kennedy is a collection of poems her family cherished. The book is broken into seven sections with different themes. The author wrote this book with intentions of having parents read it to their children and share in the inspiration of the poems.

All of the poems have different sounds according to what chapter they are in. The poems all reflect the chapter and theme they are categorized into. The images in the book are fantastic. They really bring the poems...more
Once I started reading the poems in this anthology, I could not put the book down! Caroline Kennedy has created an anthology of poems that her family enjoyed. She shares with us poetry that includes over one hundred poems from all over the world. The poems are diverse even including Psalms. This book is divided into sections that reflect a child's world. The sections include; About Me, That's So Silly, Animals, The Seasons, The Seashore, Adventure, Bedtime, and Foreign Poems in their original la...more
This is one of the best poetry anthologies for children (and families) that I’ve ever read. This is poetry to start children on before it is ruined for them. These are poems that children can grow with, discovering new meanings through the years, and cherish as adults. I was surprised and delighted to find some of my favorites, including “This Is Just to Say” and “The Red Wheelbarrow” by William Carlos Williams, “Ode to a Pair of Socks” by Pablo Neruda, and “The Fish” by Elizabeth Bishop (a poem...more
Nicole White
A Family of Poems: My Favorite Poetry for Children by Caroline Kennedy

1. Genre: Poetry

2. A Family of Poems is a beautifully put together collection of poems for children ranging in eras of ancient times to modern times.

3. a. Area for Comment: Illustrations

b. Not only is this book a treasury of all poems that can be read for children, but the accompanying watercolor illustrations are breathtaking.

c. Although many of these poems may be “over some children’s heads”, as some were for my 7 year ol...more
What I liked most about this collection of poems is the diversity of poets represented (e.g. Pablo Neruda, Jack Prelutsky, e. e. cummings, shakespeare.) There are poems that appeal to various ages and they range in their complexity. The collection is divided into the following sections: about me, that's so silly!, Animals, The Seasons, The Seashore, Adventure, and Bedtime. It could be a fun challenge to work with student on different ways that they would categorize these poems or poems that they...more
Roshini R.
This is a surprisingly well thought out, compiled, and meaningful collection of poetry that will appeal to children and adults alike. A number of my friends have included this in their children’s libraries and read from it not just at bedtime. The book is divided into seven sections that children can relate to such as ‘About Me’, ‘Bedtime’, etc… It encourages students to read and express themselves through poetry. Teachers and students can engage in discussions about different types of poems, va...more
Sep 29, 2008 Heather rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Families, People who appreciate illustrated poetry, People who like to read aloud
Recommended to Heather by: Found after reading Kennedy's "A Patriot's Handbook"
My oldest son (4 years old) has had poetry read to him since he was 2... starting with short, lilting and rhyming poems and, over the past two years, we've added all sorts of works.

I originally got this book from the library to see if it would be a good addition to our family library (since we already have books with many of these authors) and, I can tell you, I ordered this book the very next day! And, I kept the library book until my own copy arrived... reading from it daily. The addition of...more
Kelly Ramsey
The Moon

The Moon
There is such lonieness in that gold
The moon of the noghts is not the moon
Whom the first Adam saw. The long Centuries
of Human vigil have filied her with
Ancient lament. Look aat her she is your mirror.
-jorgeluis Borges

The Red WheelBarrow
So much depends upon
a red wheel barrow
glazed with rain water
beside the white chickens.
This anthology by Caroline Kennedy is a wonderful collection of excellent poems. The beautiful watercolor illlustrations made this book gorgeous and enjoyable. I like how the poems are divided into the different sections with several choices. The choices are; About Me, That's So Silly!, Animals, The Seasons, The Seashore, Adventure, and Bedtime. At the end of this book is an index of first lines for every poem. The end of the book also has some foreign poems in their orginal languages from the b...more
A great selection of about 110 children's poems, with fantastic watercolor illustrations by Jon J. Muth (author & illustrator of "Zen Shorts").
My favorite poems out of this book were:

"This is Just to Say" by William Carlos Williams
"The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost
"The People Upstairs" by Ogden Nash
"Today is Very Boring" by Jack Prelutsky
"The Crocodile" by Lewis Caroll
"The Tyger" by William Blake
"April Rain Song" by Langston Hughes
"The Daffodils" by William Wordsworth
"Thoughts" by Jacque...more
H Wells Lucas
I have a deep love for poetry, perhaps because it is in my blood. My Great Grandfather was a “Hoosier Poet”
who wrote a collection of poems about Indiana at the turn of the century and my Grandfather had them
published in 1976, it is titled “Dad’s Doin’s.” So, I do not possess (his) talent for writing poetry, I do believe
I have inherited his love of poetry. The collection in this book vary tremendously, from A.A. Milne to one
of my favorites, Wordsworth, this book should be required library inv...more
Catherine Rose
Fantastic book! A great range of authors. It also had a broad range of levels. Most were pretty accessible to kids, but there were a few that were tough for even me to follow. I like that type of challenge, though. Just don't be surprised if a few times, your kids' eyes glass over while you read the poems.

The artwork was also beautifully done, and helped to add dimensions to each poem.

'Big Fish' was one of our favorite poems. Langston Hughes, e. e. Cummings, and Robert Frost were some of our fav...more
This is a wonderful anthology of poetry that covers so many subjects that children would enjoy, as I did. She pulls together a great range of authors from Yeats to Grimes to Tennyson to Machado. I like that she introduces each category and why it is important and that she included translated foreign poems in their original language in the back of the book. This would be a great asset to classrooms of all ages, whether they are studying something within the categories, the poets themselves or jus...more
Who hasn't wanted to know what life was like for the presidents family? Of course i don't want to be bored to death, so this book helped my curiosity. The book is filled with their favorite childhood poems. They are first all very good poems, and defiantly describe childhood, and the best part of it. i felt myself reaching for this book when i was stressed, mad, or upset, and it always seemed to cheer me up. its such a sweet and happy book to read, especially when there children's poems, there s...more
I like the arrangement of this anthology and the variety. Independent readers can tackle the shorter poems, while listeners with a short attention span will be able to enjoy them. Conversely, the longer poems provide interest and opportunity for exploring the poem for meaning and form. The vibrant watercolors will appeal to children listening
to or reading the poems. In all, this is a great anthology for someone looking for a collection of poems containing topics that are interesting to children....more
I had never read a poetry anthology before this book. Learning about the importance of poetry in a children's literature class drove me to purchase some poetry of my own, and this is what I chose. I am very pleased with this anthology and I feel it is the perfect start to my own poetry collection. I have not been exposed to much poetry, so I was glad that Kennedy chose the works of some classic poets that all should be familiar with. Reading this, I was surprised at how good I felt when reading...more
Kathy Roderer
This is a delightful collection of favorite poems for children. The lovely accompanying watercolor illustrations perfectly capture the mood of each poem. Several translations of poems from foreign languages are included. In the back of the book, these poems are included in their original languages. Caroline Kennedy has also included a couple of poems written by her mother, Jacqueline Bouvier. In the introduction, she tells of the high place given to poetry in her family. No family should be with...more
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Caroline Bouvier Kennedy is an American author and attorney. She is the daughter and only surviving child of U.S. President John F. Kennedy and his wife, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis. An older sister, Arabella, died shortly after her birth in 1956. Brother John F. Kennedy, Jr. died in a plane crash in 1999. Another brother, Patrick Bouvier Kennedy died two days after his birth in 1963.
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