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The Random House Book of Poetry for Children

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The Random House Book of Poetry for Children offers both funny and illuminating poems for kids personally selected by the nation's first Children's Poet Laureate, Jack Prelutsky. Featuring a wealth of beloved classic poems from the past and modern glittering gems, every child who opens this treasury will find a world of surprises and delights which will instill a lifelong ...more
Hardcover, 248 pages
Published September 12th 1983 by Random House (first published 1983)
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Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
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loved this book when I was a kid.
Daniel L.
Mar 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This Poetry Was Music to My Students' Ears (And Don't Be Turned Off by the Title!)

A Review by Daniel L. Berek

Most young children love poetry, especially for its musical qualities, rhythm, imagery. And with famed children's poet Jack Prelutsky as editor, add "fun, funny, witty, and wise." When I taught young children (K through grade 3), I used this book extensively, and my students kept asking for more, more, more poetry, please. Do not let the awful title of this book, "The Random House Book of
Ginta Harrigan
Oct 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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“The Random House Book of Poetry for Children” is a compilation of 572 poems for children. Jack Prelutsky who wrote “Good Sport’s and “Scranimals” selected the poems. Many of the poems are done in rhyme which (I think) is more palatable to children. Form, the arrangement of words, is also noticeable in some poems. For example in the poem “My Mouth” by Arnold Adoff is written as follows:

My Mouth
stays shut
food just
a way

my tongue says
we are
full today

teeth just
CH13_Lisa Matthews
Mar 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
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The Random House Book of Poetry for Children collection of poetry is a rich and comprehensive anthology that has something for children of all ages.
The Random House Book of Poetry for Children has roughly 500 plus poems, some written by Jack Prelutsky but the majority of the poem are collected by Jack Prelutsky. These poems range from nursery rhymes to more serious poetry, all of which are separated into 14 illustrated thematic sections. Poems about nature, seasons, life, animals, food, and peo
Kiersten Knapp
Oct 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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1. This collection of poems has not received any awards.
2. The target audience are 2nd grade and up.
3. This collection of poems from many great, well-known authors is organized based on different themes such as nature, home, and children. There are many different types of poems in this book such as sad and funny ones. There are also many illustrations to go along with the poems.
4. I really enjoyed reading poems in the book because of how vastly different they are. I like how some are long poems
Cara Dore
Title: The Random House Book of Poetry
Author: Collected by Jack Prelutskey
Illustrator: Arnold Lobel
Genre: Poetry
Theme(s): The four seasons, Nature, Children, Home, City, Self, Hunger, People I know, Nonsense, etc.

Opening line/sentence: Nature is the endless sky, the sun of golden light, a cloud that floats serenely by, the silver moon of night.

Brief Book Summary:
In this poetry anthology, Jack Prelutsky has compiled over 500 poems from a variety of authors. The poems vary in topic, rhythm, an
Dec 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Random House Book of Poetry for Children by Jack Prelutsky falls under the genre poetry and children's book and is intended for children 7-15 years of age, but can also be enjoyed for young adults as well. The book has not won any awards. The book is compiled with many different poems written by many different poets and authors. Jack Prelutsky collected the poems used in the book and even wrote a couple of them too. There are many different topics throughout the book including nature, animal ...more
Esther Westfall
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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This is a wonderful collection of children's poetry. There's such a wide variety of poems, that every child is bound to find at least a few that they enjoy. It is an excellent way to introduce children to the various kinds of poetry all in one book. The illustrations are also cute and help kids to be able to further interpret the poems.
Oct 05, 2017 rated it liked it
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I think we use this poetry book for the first couple years of this curriculum & I don't want it in my Currently-Reading for that long so I'm reviewing after a month. There have been a couple poems that have been catchy for us and some that were not, but overall I like the variety and they are definitely age/skill appropriate for my 6 yr old.
Camille Haynie
Genre: Poetry. I categorized this book in poetry because this is one of the best resources out there for children's poetry. It is a great collective anthology for children's poems. I believe poetry should be a big part of the elementary school classroom.
Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Top-notch selection of poems made even better by Arnold Lobel's illustrations.
Sydney Rachlin
1. This book has not won any awards.

2. Appropriate grade levels: K-8

3. This is a giant collection of poems for children. There are 572 poems on various topics for children to read and learn from. The poems are separated based on a subject such as alphabet poems, nature poems, nonsense poems...etc.

4. I love this collection of poems because there are 572 to choose from. There are so many beautiful poems with a wide range of topics and there are no illustrations. There are short and long poems all
Mar 10, 2017 rated it liked it
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This is for 3 months - 18 years.

This book is a large collection of poems with varying themes including homework qualms, wanting a dog, and observations about little sisters. Illustrated in both color and black and white. It's a large collection that could be used all year long in a class room.

I liked this book for it's volume of poems but I found the illustrations a bit boring. This book didn't keep my attention as much as other poem books did, it also had a lot of poems on each page which I thi
Christina Cabezas
Oct 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Title: The Random House Book of Poetry for Children
Author: Jack Prelutsky
Illustrator: Arnold Lobel
Genre: Children's Poetry
Theme(s): Poetry
Opening line/sentence:
For very young children, responding to poetry is as natural as breathing.
Brief Book Summary: This collection of 572 poems for children features detailed illustrations for each poem. The book includes an Introduction by the author, and a Table of Contents which divides the book up into sections with a certain theme. At the bac
Feb 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry-books, lis-510
The Random House Book of Poetry for Children is an enormously varied anthology of poems that would be good to read aloud to students, perhaps one or two poems per day, as my children's literature textbook recommends. Not only do they vary in time period (including poems from the 1800s by Edward Lear and poems from slightly later in time, such as "The Sidewalk Racer, OR On The Skateboard" by Lillian Morrison) and style (from the very rhythmic anapestic tetrameter of "The Flattered Flying Fish" (e ...more
Maggie Cheesman
Feb 23, 2016 rated it liked it
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The Random House Book of Poetry is a large book full of many different poems for children. Even though this book was very large, it had many good poems that are very relatable for children of all ages. I think this book is one of the best poetry books I have found because not only does it have hundreds of poems, but there are many different categories of poems. The Random House Book of Poetry ranges from body parts to many different animals. In the Random House Book of Poetry, I was able to read ...more
Apr 08, 2009 added it
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Out of this selection, I read:

1.Adoff, Arnold:
•My Mouth
•Chocolate Chocolate*

2.Ciardi, John:
•Mummy Slept Late and Daddy Fixed Breakfast*
•The Myra Song
•I Wish I could Meet the Man that Knows
•Read This with Gestures

3.Fisher, Aileen:
•Merry Christmas
•Light the Festive Candles
•On Mother’s Day*
•Wearing of the Green*

4.Hoberman, Mary Ann:
•Praying Mantis
•Meg’s Egg
•The Folk Who Live in Backward Town

5.Hopkins, Lee Bennett:
•Girls Can, Too!

6.Kennedy, X.J.:
Dec 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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Random House Book of Poetry
5 out of 5 stars

Prelutsky’s selections for the book were funny and enjoyable. All of the poems that I read throughout the book rhymed. Some of the poems were quite descriptive, and it was easy for the reader to imagine the text as a picture. I liked how some of the poems used descriptive words as sound, such as tinkle, whammed, crack, and whacked. The poems, to children, would be amusing if the reader read with enthusiasm and inflections in the voice. There was not
Jenna Sommerkamp
Feb 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Having a hard time finding poetry for children? I think I have stumbled upon a book that may help. "The Random House Book of Poetry for Children" by Jack Prelutsky and illustrated by Caldecott Award winner Arnold Lobel is a fantastic read of poetry. The book contains 572 poems of many different topics. There are topics about all sorts of things such as: nature, animals, seasons, the alphabet, people, and many more. Along with a variety of poems comes a variety of authors as well. There are a han ...more
Rebecca Moon
Sep 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
1. Book Information:
Author: Multiple – Anthology (Compiled by Jack Prelutsky)
Illustrator: Arnold Lobel
Title: The Random House Book of Poetry for Children
Publisher: Random House
Copyright date: 1983
Number of pages: 248
Grades: Kindergarten – 5th
Where you identified the author: Follett Titlewave – Starred on Booklist

2. Book Annotation: An introductory collection of poems for children, most of which are about animals, nature, growing up, and other fun aspects of childhood.
3. Literary Category: Anth
L-Crystal Wlodek
Mar 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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The Random House Book of Poetry is intended for students in grades K-5 and is considered a modern classic. Included in this anthology are over 500 poems that are divided into many broad subject areas like nature, seasons, living things, and home, among others as selected by poet Jack Prelutsky. Within the anthology are poems written by Emily Dickinson, Robert Louis Stevenson, Robert Frost, Langston Hughes, Nikki Giovanni, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Lewis Carroll, among others. Playground chants, anon ...more
Oct 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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This collection of 572 poems, selected by Jack Prelutzky and illustrated by Caldecott winner Arnold Lobel, has been recognized as a modern classic since its publication in 1983; an unparalled resource of fine children's poems organized into 14 broad categories such as Alphabet Stew and The Land of Potpourri. The collection is also indexed by titles, first lines, authors, and subject. This is an indispensible resource of fine poetry and should be found in every teacher's collection.

If I only had
Jennifer Parrish
Oct 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
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The Random House Book of Poetry for Children by Jack Prelutsky is a very thick book of many different poems appealing to many different personalities. Although I did not read every poem in the book, I read most and thought they were all for around the same age group. My bet is this book would appeal to fourth graders best. There are roughly 570 poems in this book and each of them are quality poems that will help children to understand and enjoy poetry a little more. There are poems about nature, ...more
Nov 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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The Random House Book of Poetry for Children

Grades K-4

This is an incredible book that contains a wide variety of poems by a diversity of poets. Arnold Lobel’s illustrations lack color, often heavily penciled and shade, color used looks dull and flat. Lobel uses rounded soft lines in cartoon illustrations of everything from food, people, animals, places and mythological creatures such as dragons. Jack Prelutsky has put together a very impressive comprehensive anthology containing over 500 poems,
I read a poem called My mouth by Arnold Adoff. This poem tells of always being hungry. It is a silly poem where he has random symmetry for the lines of the poem and says "food come in."

I also read "Girls can too" by Lee Bennet Hopkins. This is about a boy that brags about what boys can do. It is a fun poem about girl power and tells how the girl steals the boys baseball cards.

I also read "Ground Hog Day" by Lilian Moore. This book explains ground hog day and would be an excellent book to teach
Chandler Cash
Feb 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
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This was a big book, so unfortunately I didn't get a chance to read all of the poems, but from what I read and all of the different sections, I found this book to be pretty enjoyable. It is set up in such a way that a group of poems fall under a category and then like poems are then lumped together either on the same page or on two pages that are next to each other. Also I really liked the illustrations done by Arnold Lobel, it doesn't say what the element of design is, but whatever he uses is d ...more
Tionna Dorsey
Apr 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
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"The Random House of Poetry for Children" by Jack Prelutsky is part of the poetry collection. Jack Prelutsky was the nation's first children's Poet Laureate. The intended audience for this poem is young children ages 5 to 8 years old. This is a great book for parents, children, teachers and students to read together. This poetry book includes 572 poems for children.

The poem I choose to read and write about is called "January" on page 36 in "The Random House Book of Poetry for Children". The poem
Feb 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book was really fun to read. I didn't get through all of the 572 poems but I would consider purchasing it for my future classroom. The poems have different themes and that's how they are grouped. Some of the poems are really easy to understand but I think that others would need further clarification for children, since some of the poems have older language. The poems are written by different authors, which I also liked because it exposes students to different types of poem structures. I lik ...more
Kimberly Idso
Mar 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Random House Book of Poetry for Children is a compilation of poems from different authors selected by Jack Prelutsky. The book contains over 570 poems and has a few illustrations on each page. The book was nicely split into sections about different topics such as nature, the seasons, the city, being hungry, and nonsense poems. The book is a little bit older of a book but still contains good poems for children today.

The thing that drew me to this book was the title. The title, The Random Hou
Teneka Howland
Dec 09, 2009 rated it liked it
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Grades K - 4th grade

Jack Prelutsky has put together a wonderful variety of poems for young children. The poems in the book range from 2 lines to more than 20. For the younger grades, the teacher should probably read the poems to the children. For the older grades, this book could be read independently. Most of the poems in the book rhyme and are about animals. There are some, however that do not rhyme, but they use lots of repetition. The poems tend to be silly and playful, which will appeal to
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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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