Thursday, March 04, 2010

Review: Poetry Speaks To Children

We got Poetry Speaks To Children as a gift (thanks cousin Ludmilla!) and I've quickly grown to like it. The book is beautifully illustrated with lots of visual variation, so our little one likes looking at it. And the poems are really fun to read. Some are clever and obvious, and others leave me scratching my heading wonder what I just read.

One of the best parts, though, is that the book comes with a CD where poets read their work aloud. Poetry is often meant to be heard more than read (or so I've been told), and it's really neat to kick back and hear the author read the poem as he or she intended.

I have to imagine that kids of all ages would get a kick out of this book. But my guess is that the real winners are the adults. For most of us, poetry isn't something we can connect to, appreciate or find entertaining. And this book helps you do all three.

It's a definite winner. And best of all, it's guilt free entertainment - nobody ever says, can't you just turn off that poetry and watch some TV or something!.

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