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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 1st 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
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.
In this anthology, Caroline Kennedy compiled a collection of her most treasured poems for children. The anthology is divided into thematic sections such that mirror the language and interests of a young child. These themes include: About Me, That's So Silly, Animals, Seasons, The Seashore, Adventure, and Bedtime. Authors range from classics such as Robert Frost, William Shakespeare, and Yeats, to cultural favorites like Langston Hughes and Sandra Cisneros and contemporary poets like Jack Preluts ...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
Katie Gibson
I really enjoyed this book of poems. One reason being that the poems in this book seemed to be carefully chosen. It was easy to tell that Caroline Kennedy put a lot of thought into which poems she wanted in the collection. This is evident in many ways, but especially by the way she divided the book into sections and the way she introduced each section. Her introductions are heartfelt and include memories from her life which express how much poetry has meant to her and encouragement to children ...more
Elizabeth Westlund
This anthology of famous poetry is put together by Caroline Kennedy and encompasses a variety of works that were Kennedy family favorites. The book is broken down by such themes as "about me", "that's so silly!" and "animals". Each section opens with antidotes about that particular section. In one such introduction Kennedy notes, "When we read a poem in which the poet is speaking from the heart, we can learn about ourselves as well as about the author, for poets put into words the feelings that ...more
Lara Streyle
This book has been a prized possession on my bookshelf for quite a few years. I received it as a birthday present from my parents, so it is treasured not only for that reason but because it is a truly wonderful book. It is a book of poetry not strictly for children, but children of all ages. Created by Caroline Kennedy, "A Family of Poems" is a compilation of her family's most beloved poems. The book explores topics from Bedtime to The Seasons and Animals in over 100 poems. There are poems from ...more
Sarah Holland
Personal Response: My grandmother gave me this book of poems when I was younger. It covers a wide range of topics: personal journey, animals, seasons, adventure, and just silly poems. The language and watercolor illustrations are absolutely beautiful. Caroline Kennedy compiled her most beloved poems and put them in this book. It allows for an exploration of themes, styles, and poets.

-read aloud for enrichment: The book has a poem for nearly every aspect of one's life (a broken heart, dec
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
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
It would be cool to design a book in which all of one's favorite poems by various authors were presented, with commisioned illustrations. But I guess reading someone else's compilation is not always as satisfying. I'm not sure why I was turned off by this book; I think it may be the illustrations by Jon Muth, even though I liked his work in other books, such as Zen Shorts. There are some good poems in here, but the overall presentation and design somehow feels unlikely to keep the attention of a ...more
 (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
Feb 25, 2012 Maria Nesmith added it
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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
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
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
Nicole S.
"From the Bed Book" parallels the right bedtime story that will get a child's excitement level on high charge. The female author is Sylvia Pugh. It is a friendly laugh out loud poem. Her poem is full of adventure and rhyming pattern. The setting is in the water like a submarine or a jet visitng Mars. She loves using similes and maetaphors. The language is more colorful than the first.
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
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
Great reference book for teachers--an excellent compilation of poetry for children. Even better book for parents to share with children. Please, please--read poetry to your children! I can think of no better way to build vocabulary and critical thinking skills!!! :-)
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
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
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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 19
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