The 20th Century Children's Poetry Treasury
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The 20th Century Children's Poetry Treasury

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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.
Library Binding, 96 pages
Published September 21st 1999 by Alfred A. Knopf
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Kathy Cowley
This is a lovely collection of poems for children, with poems on animals, seasons, body parts, actions (i.e. running), children's games (there's a lovely poem on jacks) and so much more. It's a great book to introduce your kids to the joy of poetry. And the illustrations are wonderful and fun.
K-6th grades
Another great poetry book from Jack Prelutsky. This collection has such an anthologic variety of poem topics, from the subject of wolfs to summertime stars to the month of June. The pages are filled with many poems from many different authors. The text on each page is relatively small, needing a teacher to be the reader for younger children, or it could be used as a read alone for the upper grades. Some illustrations run across the pages while others sit nicely at the bottom. I would...more
Katharine Snyder
This book of poetry was a good book to sift through and read poems. All the poems in this book were written by children, and chosen by Jack Prelutsky. The illustrations in this book were by Meilo So, and were very incredible. Each page was well thought out and done beautifully. There were elements of children in the pictures and were well matched to the multiple poems on the page. The poems on each page were also somewhat related to one another, for example on page 2/3 the titles are "Magic Land...more
Aug 10, 2007 Carolyn rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: "children" of all ages
This is the most creative book of children's poetry I have ever seen or read. The illustrations are outstanding, and the layout of poems often reflects the topic of the poem - eg it may be laid out in a circle. I have a copy of this book that gives me endless pleasure in seeing the creativity of the human mind in something so endearing.
This is a wonderful book. It has such a nice variety of poems, and the watercolor illustrations do a fabulous job of setting the tone. I appreciate the way the pages seem to flow from theme to theme; the composition and placement make sense. It contains a nice variety, and the overall effect is very enjoyable.
Marie Gentilcore
A wonderful collection of poetry of various styles. I got this for my 7-year old son for a school project regarding poetry. He is not a fan of poetry... yet, but he found some poems in the book that he enjoyed. I loved almost all of the poems.
very dense, packed with poetry, art has a nice retro fifties feel. Might be offputting for kids considering small type and tons of poetry but teachers and adults should appreciate the scope of the collection
Jan 20, 2011 Zoe rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: poetry
A collection of poems arranged by topic, by many different authors. Playful words perfect for babies and children, and enjoyable for parents. Nice watercolor illustrations to accompany the poetry.
Kim Miller
This poem book has poetry that is slightly more complex. For slightly older children. I did not end up using any poems from here for my phonics lesson, but there were a few that i liked.
a good selection of poems
and information about the poems explaining them to children
a great collection of poems with explanations of form and meaning
Wonderful. Full of great poems for children. Each set of pages had a different topic; it was fun to talk about what all the poems had in common.
I would like to own this book. Nice illustrations and good selection of poems. Selected by Jack Pretlutsky (Behold the Bold Umbrellephant).
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The poetry is great, the pictures quite lacking.
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Jack Prelutsky is an American poet. He attended New York public schools, and later the High School of Music and Art and Hunter College. Prelutsky, who has also worked as a busboy, furniture mover, folk singer, and cab driver, claims that he hated poetry in grade school because of the way it was taught. He is the author of more than 30 poetry collections including Nightmares: Poems to Trouble Your...more
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