Dimensions: 192 pages, 10 × 8.25 × 0.75 in
Published: March 26, 2013
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1423108051
ISBN - 13: 9781423108054
From the Publisher
There''s a poem to celebrate every moment in life-whether it''s hitting a home run, watching a sunset, or laughing with your best friend. A poem is a gift of the heart that can inspire, reassure, or challenge us. Memorize it-share it-it''s yours forever.
In this diverse collection, a companion to herNew York Times#1 best-sellerA Family of Poems, Caroline Kennedy has chosen more than a hundred poems that speak to all of us: the young and young at heart, readers new to poetry and devoted fans. These poems explore deep emotions, as well as ordinary experiences. They cover the range of human experience and imagination. Divided into sections about nature, sports, monsters and fairies, friendship and family, this book is full of surprises. Each section is preceded by Caroline''s thoughtful introduction reflecting her own family''s engagement with and enjoyment of poetry.
Illustrated with striking watercolor paintings by award-winning artist Jon J Muth, this is truly a book for all ages and interests, and one that families will want to share for years to come.
About the Author
Caroline Kennedyis the editor of eightNew York Timesbestselling books on American history, politics, constitutional law and poetry, includingShe Walks in Beauty: A Woman''s Journey Through PoemsandA Family of Poems.
A gorgeous collection of poems selected with commitment to memory in mind. Though the author of a few best-sellers on such adult topics as politics and constitutional law, Kennedy continues to carve a name for herself as an anthologist. She teams up here again with Caldecott Honoree Jon J Muth (A Family of Poems, 2005) to present over 100 poems and accompanying illustrations aimed at introducing children to the pleasures of memorization. Unlike other contemporary anthologies with similar ambitions, whose forgettable contents seem picked out of a hat, Kennedy''s selection radiates diversity with purpose. Grouped thematically on popular verse topics-the self, nature, war, family, friendship, etc.-each of the collection''s works offers a distinctive place of attachment for readers. Light, early-20th-century pieces like A.A. Milne''s "Disobedience" and Ogden Nash''s "The Parent" ("Children aren''t happy with nothing to ignore, / And that''s what parents were created for") shine just as brightly as newer nonsensical gems, such as Jack Prelutsky''s delectably gross "Herbert Glerbett" and Neal Levin''s hilarious "Baby Ate a Microchip." Dark and contemplative subjects fare just as well in selections such as "When he was small, when he would fall," Vladimir Nabokov''s powerful comparison of a childhood stumble to death in battle, and Wallace Stevens'' "The Snow Man," as breathtaking in its portrait of winter as it is bleak in its meditation on nothingness. As if Kennedy''s rich poetic