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If: A Treasury of Poems for Almost Every Possibilityby Allie Esiri
Synopses & Reviews
A magical collection of best-loved poems, perfect for introducing young readers to the joy, solace, and beauty of poetry
Whether one is after a poem that is charming, funny, sad, silly, magical, sleepy, long, or short, there's something in here for every occasion. From Lear's "The Owl and the Pussycat" to Tennyson's "The Charge of the Light Brigade" to Eliot's "Macavity the Mystery Cat," these are poems to pass down the generations. Themed sections include Growing Up ("maggie and milly and molly and may" by Cummings), Humor and Nonsense ("Jabberwocky" by Carroll), Tell Me a Tale ("The Raven" by Poe), Lessons for Life ("Caged Bird" by Angelou), and more. Besides a traditional index, there is a list in back of poems to turn to if you need courage, if you seek guidance, if you are facing grief, or if you need a pocket full of peace, instilling in young readers the habit of turning to poetry for help, solace, and pleasure. There is also a helpful glossary of poetic terms. A favorite poem will stay with you for life, and this beautifully illustrated collection for young and old is sure to delight and entertain for years.
"This extensive collection of more than 250 poems, a companion to the 'iF Poems' app, offers a broad sampling of mostly American and European poems with quiet black and yellow spot illustrations that integrate bits of type. Esiri and Kelly group the works thematically into nine sections including verse about growing up, magic, and more. Humorous and nonsense poems include work by Roald Dahl and Edward Lear, while poems on friendship and love feature classics by Emily Bronte and W.B. Yeats, as well as a surprise addition of a poem by filmmaker Tim Burton. Each poem gets a brief introduction, describing its history or use of a poetic device (a glossary of terms is included). Readers ready to be challenged by poems of increasing depth and complexity will find much to intrigue and inspire. Ages 9 — up. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Allie Esiri and Rachel Kelly are the cocreators of iF Poems, the first iPad and iPhone poetry app for children.
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