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Collected Poems for Children

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This collection brings together the more than 250 children’s poems Ted Hughes wrote throughout his career. They are arranged by volume, beginning with those published for younger readers and progressing to more complex and sophisticated poems that he felt were written “within hearing” of children. Throughout, Hughes reveals his instinctive grasp of a child’s insatiable won ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published March 20th 2007 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (first published October 6th 2005)
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I hate that I loved this book. I need to let it go and move on. But these poems were delightful, simple, clever, funny and numerous. Where did he find the time? Delightfully illustrated too with simple pencil sketches that do not distract from the words. I particularly enjoyed the Moon Whales and other Moon poems chapter, there was some quite fantastical verse in there. My only criticism is his subject matter, mostly flora and fauna, is very stereotyped. I don't think he really spent any time ap ...more
Hughes' poems for young people are arranged according to target age but well before you hit the halfway point you're in 9-99 territory. Even toward the front of the book, when you're dealing with the goofiest verse for the littlest tykes (see the selections from "Meet My Folks"), Hughes' work has far more heft than the "for Children" designation prompts the wizened reader to expect.
None of these really grabbed me. Nothing he wrote made me want to read more. Everything was too wordy and too much about animals
Mar 01, 2010 Linda rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Linda by: ClCPL - illustrated by Raymond Briggs started 10-22-08 (1st time
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I came across this book by searching my library's card catalogue for Raymond Briggs (he being my favorite illustrator (sorry Lane Smith). I knew that Ted Hughes was an author and Sylvia Plath's widower. I had never read anything by him before. I just did not get into this book. I can't explain why. I found myself constantly moving my eyes over the words but not understanding what I had been reading. I went back and re-read. I had to read aloud to get the meter of his poems and sometimes he chang ...more
Caroline Gordon
A delightful collection of poems to share with children. An absolute joy to read! Most annoying that none of my children like it in fact I get howls no not poetry when I try to get it out...
Janice  Durante
These are remarkably rich poems that make for great read-alouds for older children.
Collected Poems for Children by Ted Hughes (2007)
Wow, just when I thought I despised all poetry.
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Edward James Hughes was an English poet and children's writer, known as Ted Hughes. His most characteristic verse is without sentimentality, emphasizing the cunning and savagery of animal life in harsh, sometimes disjunctive lines.

The dialect of Hughes's native West Riding area of Yorkshire set the tone of his verse. At Pembroke College, Cambridge, he found folklore and anthropology of particular
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