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Collected Poems for Children

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  44 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
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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Sep 07, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: them, him
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.
Feb 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 27, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Linda by: ClCPL - illustrated by Raymond Briggs started 10-22-08 (1st time
Shelves: clcpl
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
Jonathan Tennis
Oct 16, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I recently read The Iron Man (aka The Iron Giant) by the author and enjoyed it thoroughly but was disappointed in this collection of Hughes' work.

I was hoping that this collection of poems would be like the British equivalent of Shel Silverstein. It was not. And that might be unfair to Ted Hughes and what he has meant to millions of readers but I was left disappointed.

Fortunately, I have a copy of Where the Sidewalk Ends and The Giving Tree to wash the taste of this away.
Jul 16, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
None of these really grabbed me. Nothing he wrote made me want to read more. Everything was too wordy and too much about animals
Caroline Gordon
Sep 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, childrens
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...
Dec 18, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, just when I thought I despised all poetry.
Janice  Durante
These are remarkably rich poems that make for great read-alouds for older children.
Melusine Parry
Very very good, evocative and heartfelt.
Apr 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The poems in this book are all really creepy.
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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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