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Honey, I Love and Other Love Poems

4.30  ·  Rating Details  ·  552 Ratings  ·  135 Reviews
Titles include I Look Pretty, Fun, Riding on the Train, Harriet Tubman, and By Myself.
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published May 23rd 1986 by Turtleback Books (first published 1978)
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Ch_hayley Medsker
Mar 14, 2010 Ch_hayley Medsker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
Honey, I Love by Eloise Greenfield is a collection of short poems. The simple and sweet poems about everyday things are from a child's perspective: playing with friends, dancing, personal thoughts, and family are all found in this book for kids aged 7-11. My favorite poem, Way Down in the Music, has such movement, "I get way down in the music, Down inside the music, I let it wake me, take me, spin me around and shake me. I get down, down, I get down." The collection contains black and white illu ...more
Zilha B.
Apr 21, 2013 Zilha B. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Honey, I Love

I love
I love a lot of things, a whole lot of things
My cousin comes to visit and you know he's from the South
Cause every word he says just kind of slides out of his mouth
I like the way he whistles and I like the way he walks
But honey. let me tell you that I LOVE the way he talks
I love the way my cousin talks
The day is hot and icky and the sun sticks to my skin
Mr. Davis turns the hose on, everybody jumps right in
The water stings my stomach and I feel so nice and cool
Honey, let
Kara Buchholz
Honey, I love and other love poems is a short poetry book containing sixteen individual poems. Each poem is told from a child’s point of view. Each of the poems has something that a child would talk about and how the child would feel and even see a certain concept, topics as simple as: playing with friends, jumping rope, riding on a train, visiting family, and even music! Each poem also in accompanied with illustrations, each illustration includes a portrait of a child and then drawings f
Johna Brown
“Honey, I love” is a poem written by Eloise Greenfield. I used this poem to represent poetry in my list of genres. This poem was listed in a book with many different poems. I like the fact that this one rhymed and had a lot of repetitive phrases. It is written in a young girl’s perspective and I loved it! The little girl explained the things that she loves like her cousin’s southern accent, playing in the sprinklers, and her mother’s arm. The illustrations in this book represented the girl’s emo ...more
Nicole Gonzalez
A little girl expresses her most favorable memories through the art of poetry. In her poems she talks about her wonders, enjoyments, and the people who have inspired her. The illustrations around the poems portray the little girl’s feeling on how she felt when she wrote the poems.

One of the poems that I liked from Honey, I Love is:
"Moochie likes to keep on playing
The same old silly game
Peeka Boo!
Peeka Boo!
I get tired of it
But it makes her laugh
And every time she laughs
She gets the hiccups
And ev
Jul 18, 2013 Alta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book of poetry has a special place in my heart because we have read this book to my daughter since she was born. It is a book of poetry that seeks to offset the negative image of black people in the seventies by celebrating and showcasing the life of a black child. It is the kind of book that's just long enough for it to evoke emotion and bring back memories from my own childhood, but also short enough to accommodate a baby's two second attention span. The aspect of craft that Eloise Greenf ...more
Brandi Smith
This collection of poetry is an ALA Notable Children's Book and was awarded the George C. Stone Center for Children's Books Recognition of Merit Award in 1990.The target audience is children ages 5-12(P-I), but this collection can easily be enjoyed by all.
The author uses the voice of a sweet and sassy little girl to talk about all of the great and small things she loves. The language is down to earth and comforting. The artists use a combination of intricate pen and ink sketches and childlike go
Faith Barron
This is such a great book. It is about a young girl who writes poems about all the things that she loves. This is a great book because in the sixteen poems it gives student a different point of view when it comes to poetry. Honey, I love is also a great way to teach about poetry and repition.

I have never been a huge fan of poetry but having been read these poems I am slowly changing my mind. Honey, I Love are such wonderful kis friendly poems. THe author does a great job of using repitition and
May 02, 2016 Gabriella rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rll538
An inspiring book of love, self identity, and the joys of everyday life. The poems in this book are simply beautiful. Sixteen poems told through the perspective of a child doing exactly what children are supposed to do, enjoy life! Including tidbits of history and background on African American culture, this book sings off the pages and is one that should be read aloud!
Apr 20, 2015 Mandee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a collection of short poems about everyday things from a child's perspective, from playing with friends, to enjoying family. Each poem is told from a child’s point of view and includes things that a child would talk about.
The language is also suited for the younger reader, especially with some sentences spoken in a child’s voice. For example, in the poem Harriet Tubman:
“ Harriet Tubman didn’t take no stuff
Wasn’t scared of nothing neither…” So I believe that 2nd through 5th would enjoy t
Oct 08, 2007 Deana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids-poetry
This is without contest my favorite book of poetry. Currently reprinted in its 25th Anniversary year “Honey I love and other love poems” is a childhood classic. Leo and Diane Dillon’s illustrations became as much a part of my experience as Greenfield’s words. I remember jumping rope to the driving rhythm in “Rope Rhyme.” The meter of the poem translates effortlessly into the singsong cadence of a jump rope rhyme so, “Get set ready now jump right in, bounce and kick and giggle and spin.
Cara Byrne
May 06, 2014 Cara Byrne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of Greenfield's earliest books for children is one of my favorites. Several of the poems in _Honey, I Love_ keep positive portraits of the extended black family (including aunts, uncles, and parents) and of friendships with other children, but there is a stronger presence of poems (including “I look Pretty” and “Way Down in the Music”) that push the child to recognize her self-worth and to champion her own body and expression as being important, even if she does not have an audience or suppo ...more
Brittany White
This book of poetry provides text-to-self, as well as text-to-world connections. Through this text, readers will feel Greenfield's appreciation for life. I would read a poem or two from this book whenever my students need a pick-me-up. A few of these poems could be used as a teacher pick-me-up as well :)
Emily Benner
Plot summary: This book is a collect of poems about the events and activities in a child's life. It has poems about simple things in everyday life such as jumping rope, spending time with her mother, train rides, and playing with friends. One thing I enjoyed about this book was that there were drawings, by Diane and Leo Dillon, at the tops of the pages that look like children drawings.

Reader response: Two ways to incorporate this book into activities in the classroom are through higher order thi
Elizabeth Lauver
Honey I Love and Other Love Poems by, Eloise Greenfield, is a book with the accumulation of poetry about love. This would be a benefit to have in my future classroom for many reasons. My students could be introduced to different ideas of love and care and be able to comprehend different types of love in general. I thought that this book was a little dry for my taste because I am not into poetry completely but I would not mind to have it available for my students. I know that some of my students ...more
Alexandria Stephens
The poems in Honey, I Love are remarkable. Though we are unsure of what the author looks like, you become in tune with their thoughts and feelings through the poems. When reading you can hear the voice of the author. She writes as a young southern girl with a rural dialect. When reading, she uses slang and other terms that are cultural that help convey the authors voice. Teachers can used these poems in literacy to teach voice. Teachers can question the students on how the poems made them feel t ...more
Alyssa Fortna
Oct 21, 2014 Alyssa Fortna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reading-record
This is a book filled with poetry about love. In particular, I really enjoyed the “Honey, I Love” poem. I thought that it had a wonderful meaning. The repetition and rhyme would be great to use with young students because they could catch on easily, and read along. I also really liked the “Rope Rhyme” poem, which could be used in the same way as “Honey, I Love” but could also incorporate motions to use with the children, to keep them active and engaged. I would use this book in the classroom to ...more
Alyssa Weber
Oct 22, 2014 Alyssa Weber rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
Honey, I Love by Eloise Greenfiled is a collection of sixteen poems that all relate to love and the simple pleasures of life. The entire book is filled with beautiful black-and-white sketches with images in the background that child-like. I feel as though these images make the child connect more to the poems and feel as if they relate to them more. I would recommend this collection for children who are aged between seven and eleven. I enjoyed these poems very much because they were simple yet me ...more
Renee Burr
Feb 17, 2014 Renee Burr rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eloise Greenfield has many thought provoking poems within this collection. Her poems are both interesting to read and great for inspiring young writers to try poetry by mimicking her style. Honey, I Love is a poem about a young girl and the many small things in her life that she loves. I love this poem because it is simple and told through the eyes of a child. It is soft and sweet and fun to read. Students will have an easy time connecting with the poem. They can use the subject matter and this ...more
Aug 04, 2008 Qiana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens, favorites
One of the loveliest children's books I have ever read.
Katie Carson
Oct 12, 2009 Katie Carson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
This collection of poetry written by Eloise Greenfield set out to, "elicit a new appreciation of the rich content of everyday life" and I think it did just that. For example, in the poem "Things," the author's main idea is that out of all of the material things the narrator interacts with in a day, the poem they write is the only thing that will last the test of time. What a powerful message for young people about their writing!
Greenfield's insight into the minds of African American children spe
Maria Reyes


Honey, I Love and Other Poems by Eloise is a book about a collection of poems that are written by a girl who expresses topics about her life and what she loves. The poems talk about important people in her life like her friend Lessie and her Aunt Roberta. She also talks about the scenes she passes by while she’s riding on the train. But the main important thing I love is how she writes her pomes relating to the African American life. This poetry book is well organized and the poems are we
Sara Hannon
1. Poetry

2. Eloise Greenfield's collection of poems gives a real picture of life, covering everything from death to Harriet Tubman to dressing up in her mother's clothes. The illustrations work beautifully with the poems and really give a visual to what is going on not just with the words of the poem, but with the emotions.

3. The best poems in the book are the ones that deal with emotions and laughter and feelings. My favorite poem was "Keepsake" because it talks about a little girl's feelings w
Amy Keltner
Nov 28, 2011 Amy Keltner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
1. Poetry
2. Greenfield writes a short series of poems that explain African American culture. This is completed in a creative way as well as with Greenfield's outlook on how she grew up.
3. a: What is great about this book is how you can hear the strong voice of Eloise Greenfield jump off the page. The pictures included with the poem also help to explain what the poem is about.
b: The author chose to write a series of poems that don't just end on one page, they are continuous. They all seem to f
Lacey Ellison

This book is a collection of poems about love, friendship, family, and the little joys in life. The young girl writes about all the things she loves in life. The illustrations are a mix of realism and naive art. I thought that the two types of illustration worked well together. I think the naive art complemented the poems, because it depicted all the little joys in life that she writes about. The realistic art was beautiful and also complemented the poems well.


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Stephanie Gulliver
Oct 23, 2012 Stephanie Gulliver rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, 3-5
Summary: Poems are great to read because just a small paragraph can hold so much meaning. In Honey, I Love, the poems by the author are all about things that are most important to her, such as family. Her first poem describes little things in life that she loves. Some of her poems describe people in her life and what she loves about them. Some have to do with experiences. The book displays pictures that look like children’s illustrations to portray each poem. The pictures go along with what the ...more
Ashton Livsey
Dec 06, 2011 Ashton Livsey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Genre: Poetry
Summary: Eloise Greenfield writes poems from a child’s point of view which detail her feelings and what is going on in her life.
Critique: a) The wonderful descriptions of feeling in the poems works perfectly with each illustration.
The poems are all from a child’s point of view, describe a situation or feeling, and touch your heart with the words. These are perfectly coordinated with the two illustrations that accompany each poem. There is a black and white portrait on each page t
Jill Sanders
This darling book is from a first person, point of view. A little African American girl tells all of the poems and they are about what she has seen or heard about in her daily life. There are sixteen poems all about love and everyday activities as a child. Her poems talk about: her cousin, playing with a friend, skipping jump rope, her brother living somewhere else, someone passing away and keeping a memory of theirs, riding a train, and Harriet Tubman. The illustrations of the book were what th ...more
Oct 13, 2012 Jamaica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: print, 3rd-grade, poetry
The simple joy of being a child is expressed through this collection of poems. From jumping rope, to playing peek a boo, a poem tells the story of a little girl and the little things in life that she cherishes. The pictures are drawn in a childlike manner to appear as part of the story told by her. It enriches the story.

My favorite poems were “Rope Rhyme” and “Harriet Tubman.” I like the jump rope poem because I used to play double Dutch and the poem itself was something you could jump to. Some
Amy Fieldhouse
Oct 23, 2012 Amy Fieldhouse rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: print, poetry, grades-3-5
Summary: Honey, I Love and Other Poems is a sweet collection of warm poems told from the heart of a child. She expresses love for friends, family, and everyday life occurrences. Each poem has a beautiful drawing that portrays the loving emotions of the young child. Some pages are filled with stunning black and gray drawings that completely capture the eye of the reader.

Response: One of my favorite poems in this collection is Keepsake. She writes about an old woman who gave her a nickel before sh
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