In this collection of 51 poems, some set to music, children can experience poetry as it is meant to be. By placing poems by Langston Hughes next to works by Tupak Shakur, kids can appreciate that poetry is a form of song and vice versa.
People of all ages can enjoy this collection of poems. They introduce kids to the art form of poetry, and adults to the links between poetry and modern-day song/rap.
Although we tried to read some of the poems with our daughter, she was more interested in exploring them on her own. She spent hours looking through the pages; listening to and replaying the audio versions; and trying to read some of the poems herself.
Kids (and adults) are so easily turned off by poetry. This book should erase those prejudices. The author has collected some wonderful pieces that kids can enjoy, because they relate to emotions they understand, lingo they are familiar with, and are presented by artists they know. The illustrations add a visual layer that is helpful to young children unaccustomed to this art form.
Follow (and dance) along as more than 30 artists perform works of poetry. This book comes with a CD.
Within this collection, you'll find themes related to diversity, history (bonus: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr's I Have a Dream speech), urban life, and the emotions of everyday living. Use this book as a way to expand your knowledge of individual poets and/or find more poems by the poet.
8 to 12
5 and Up
Shared with 7-year-old girl.
Borrow, at least. This is a book that is best savored, a couple of poems at a time.