professornana (professornana) wrote,

poetry for the young reader

THE LITTLE BITTY MAN AND OTHER POEMS FOR THE VERY YOUNG by Halfdan Rasmussen, translated by Marilyn Nelson and Pamela Espeland and illustrated by Kevin Hawkes (Candlewick Press 2011) is a perfect collection of poems for very young readers. They are meant to to be read aloud and shared aloud (IMHO), too. Most poems are humorous but some have a little nudge as 'THOSE FIERCE GROWN UP SOLDIERS' who could learn quite a bit about how to fight from taking their cues from children. Follow up with poems by J. Patrick Lewis, Jack Prelutsky, and other writers of humorous poems for kids. And check out Sylvia Vardell's blog dedicated to poetry: <56>
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