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Small Poems

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  13 ratings  ·  3 reviews
Describes in verse common objects in a child's life, such as a porch, chair, dog, pie, and grass.
Hardcover, 41 pages
Published April 1st 1985 by Farrar Straus Giroux (first published 1972)
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Sarah Gross
Title: Small Poems
Author: Valerie Worth
Illustrator: Natalie Babbitt
Genre: Poetry anthology or collection of poems for children or chapter book written in verse
Theme(s): short poems, object, imagery
Opening line/sentence: “Porches: On the front porch Chairs sit still;”
Brief Book Summary: Worth writes short poems about objects and uses great similes to describe them. Each poem is only about one object; for example, the poem is titled “daisies” or “pie” or “pig.”
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Susan Soohoo
Oct 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
My Review:
1. No awards were given to this book.
2. The book as a whole is appropriate for 3rd-5th graders, but there are specific poems that are suitable for 1st or 2nd graders (but not all).
3. This book is a series of one page poems with a simple black and white drawing next to it that corresponds appropriately to the content. There are poems that are titled 'Crickets', 'Sun', 'Dog', 'Chair', and many more. The title for every poem in this book is always one worded.
4. I enjoy this book, however
Dec 17, 2013 rated it liked it
This is a collection of short poems about random things: chairs, grass, carrots, dogs, etc., and I think they're just awesome! There is no rhyming, but Worth wrote such fun rhythms using lines and spacing.Its been a while since I've appreciated poetry and I feel like I might be getting back into it and this author might be my segue.
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(October 29, 1933 - July 31, 1994)
Acclaimed poet Valerie Worth Bahlke was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and grew up in nearby Swarthmore, where her father taught biology at Swarthmore College. The family then moved to Tampa, Florida, and Bangalore, India, where they lived for one year. Valerie returned to Swarthmore to attend college, graduating with an English degree and High Honors. Shortl
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