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Honey, I Love and Other Love Poems

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An ALA Notable Children's Book, Honey, I Love and Other Love Poems includes sixteen poems that tell of love and the simple joys of everyday life, seen through the eyes of a child: playing with a friend, skipping rope, riding on a train—or keeping Mama company till Daddy gets back.

Each of these sixteen "love poems" is spoken straight from the perspective of a child. Riding
Paperback, 48 pages
Published May 23rd 1986 by HarperCollins (first published 1978)
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Ch_hayley Medsker
Mar 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Zilha B.
Jan 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"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
Johna Brown
Sep 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
“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
Oct 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 08, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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.
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 :)
May 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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!
Aug 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens, favorites
One of the loveliest children's books I have ever read.
Tom Schulte
This Reading Rainbow edition with Diane Dillon and Leo Dillon illustrators is a delightful package. For the poetic content, the initial, title piece is exciting and vibrant with a present voice of joy over a couple of pages that had me re-reading lines with glee. The rest of the material, generally about familial and home 'hood love, is not as strong or resonant.
Jenny Mock
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Favorite poems from this collection: Harriet Tubman, Lessie, Aunt Roberta, Keepsake, and Way Down in the Music. I love Greenfield's poems and the Dillons' illustrations.
Taylor P
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Honey, I Love is a great book if you want to introduce children to poetry. It’s fun to read and greatly illustrated. The poems are easy to get right into and feature great stories that contain great images and realistic and relatable expressiveness of love. The repetition in this book and sentence structure make it more lyrical. True to the definition, Honey, I Love expresses the feeling of love greatly. Also, it features a jump rope song, which are typically sung. I greatly enjoyed this book, a ...more
Kyla C.
Oct 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Students/Parents/Teachers
Eloise Greenfield’s poems in Honey I Love and Other Love Poems are told through the voice of a young girl. She expresses her feelings toward the things that she loves and the simple things in life. The way her cousin talks, the sound of laughter, and her mama’s arm are some of the simple things in life that she adores. Greenfield expresses her racial pride through her poems which is clearly read in Harriet Tubman, one of sixteen poems in the book. Beginning with Honey, I love…I love, I love a lo ...more

Honey, I Love, by Eloise Greenfield, is collection of poems written by a young girl. The beautifully written poems, and colorful illustrations make for a great read for people of all ages. The poems are rhythmic and positively written. The young girl discuses all the things she loves in life; from people that are important to her, to the simple everyday things that many people overlook on a daily bases. Her poem Riding on the Train, discusses all the different scenes the little girl pas
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.


This book left
Katie Carson
Oct 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Kristina Taylor
This is a book of poems about love and life through the eyes of an African American girl. Each poem is also associated with an illustration of a young African American girl as well as an illustration that goes along with the poem.

One of my favorite parts of Honey,I Love is:
My mama's on the sofa sewing buttons on my coat
I go and sit beside her, I'm through playing with my boat
I hold her arm and kiss it 'cause it feels so soft and warm
Honey, let me tell you that I LOVE my mama's arm
I love to kiss
Jill Sanders
Feb 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
This book of poems is told through the lenses of an African American girl. Each poem talks about the simple things in life and how she finds joy in each and every one of them. She discusses her love for her family, music, toys, and the love she has for herself. “Love don’t mean all that kissing like on television. Love means daddy saying keep your mama company till I get back and me doing it” (page 37). I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. I think it is not only encouraging for children, but helps ...more
Honey, I Love
Tags: poetry, African American, black history month, print form

This book is a collection of poems by Eloise Greenfield. The poems vary from poems about her family member, friends, and things she likes to do. It, also, includes a poem about Harriet Tubman. The illustrations compliment the poems and enrich them. The poems about her family tell what she loves about them and why they are important to her.

I’m not a big fan of poetry, but I did like how Greenfield describe
Gail Lebeter
In Honey, I Love and Other Love Poems, a girl relives her favorite childhood memories through poetry. This book of poems concentrates on the love of friends, family and the good times they have shared. This book also expresses the joy that can be found in a child's everyday experiences. The illustrations of a happy young girl surrounded by feel-good poetry will leave you smiling.

This book of poetry deserved 5 stars because it embodies the qualities of children's literature, (TMY,
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
Ciara Alamillo
Oct 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Honey, I love you and other love poems is a poetry book about a girl who writes about many topics in her life. In these poems she describes people and things that she loves as well poems pertaining to the African American life in the time frame when these poems were written. The pictures in this book are sketches of what the little girl looks like and give you more feeling as too what she was feeling at the time she was writing the poem.

I gave this poem book 4 stars because in som
Sep 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry, grades-3-5
“Honey, I Love” is a beautiful book of poems. This little girl is telling us about the people in her life through the poetry. She is telling us about her likes and dislikes. We learn about Black History through the poem about Harriet Tubman. The illustrations were very nice. There were beautiful pictures of African American children throughout the book. The illustrations definitely helped us to understand the poems a little better and the emotions behind the poems.

This book dese
Ashton Livsey
Dec 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Stephanie Gulliver
Sep 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 25, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: print-format, poetry
“Honey I Love You and Other Poems” is a collection of poems told by a child. Her poems range in topic from people she loves, to her friends, to things she enjoys doing in the summer. Each poem has an illustration that goes along with it to help the reader understand what the poem is about.
My favorite poem out of the collection is “By Myself”. I really enjoy how imaginative the author is. Essentially, she is saying that when she is by herself, she can by anything she wants to be. This p
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