The 20th Century Children's Poetry Treasury

Editor Jack Prelutsky
Illustrator Meilo So

Random House Children's Books | September 15, 1999 | Picture Books |

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"Until this century, most children''s poetry was either syrupy sweet or overblown and didactic, and tended to talk down to its readers. Contemporary children''s poets have thrown all that condescension and moralizing out the window, and write with today''s real child in mind."
- from the Introduction by Jack Prelutsky

Here in one gloriously illustrated volume are 211 wonderful poems that represent the best this century has to offer. From sibling rivalry, school, monsters, food, and just plain silliness, to such ageless themes as the seasons, Who am I?, and the many moods of childhood, this is a collection that begs to be read aloud and shared with the whole family. The poems, from every decade of this century, showcase 137 famous poets.

Selected by Jack Prelutsky, America''s leading children''s poet, and illustrated by award-winning watercolorist Meilo So, this useful and beautiful gift is a splendid way to end the century -- or start a new one. Truly a book that families will cherish long after the millennium excitement is over, The 20th-Century Children''s Poetry Treasury is a joyous companion volume to the best-selling The 20th-Century Children''s Book Treasury.

This book has been selected as a Common Core State Standards Text Exemplar (Grades K-1, 2-3, Poetry) in Appendix B.

Format: Picture Books

Dimensions: 96 Pages, 9.06 × 11.02 × 0.39 in

Published: September 15, 1999

Publisher: Random House Children's Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0679893148

ISBN - 13: 9780679893141

Appropriate for ages: 3 - 5

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The 20th Century Children's Poetry Treasury

Editor Jack Prelutsky
Illustrator Meilo So

Format: Picture Books

Dimensions: 96 Pages, 9.06 × 11.02 × 0.39 in

Published: September 15, 1999

Publisher: Random House Children's Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0679893148

ISBN - 13: 9780679893141

About the Book

Illustrated in brilliant watercolors, a collection of more than 200 poems are featured, written by such modern poets as Ted Hughes, Karla Kiskin, Eve Merriam and Shel Silverstein.

Read from the Book

"We Are Plooters"

We are Plooters,
We don''t care,
We make messes
Everywhere,
We strip forests
Bare of trees,
We dump garbage
In the seas.

We are Plooters,
We enjoy
Finding beauty
To destroy,
We intrude
Where creatures thrive,
Soon there''s little
Left alive.

Underwater,
Underground,
Nothing''s safe
When we''re around,
We spew poisons
In the air,
We are Plooters,
We don''t care.

-Jack Prelutsky
Copyright © 1993 by Jack Prelutsky. Used by permission of the author, who controls all rights.

"Where Are You Now?"

When the night begins to fall
And the sky begins to glow
You look up and see the tall
City of light begin to grow --
In rows and little golden squares
The lights come out. First here, then there
Behind the windowpanes as though
A million billion bees had built
Their golden hives and honeycombs
Above you in the air.

-Mary Britton Miller
From All Aboard by Mary Britton Miller. Copyright © 1958 by Pantheon Books, Inc. Reprinted by permission of Pantheon Books, a division of Random House, Inc.

From the Publisher

"Until this century, most children''s poetry was either syrupy sweet or overblown and didactic, and tended to talk down to its readers. Contemporary children''s poets have thrown all that condescension and moralizing out the window, and write with today''s real child in mind."
- from the Introduction by Jack Prelutsky

Here in one gloriously illustrated volume are 211 wonderful poems that represent the best this century has to offer. From sibling rivalry, school, monsters, food, and just plain silliness, to such ageless themes as the seasons, Who am I?, and the many moods of childhood, this is a collection that begs to be read aloud and shared with the whole family. The poems, from every decade of this century, showcase 137 famous poets.

Selected by Jack Prelutsky, America''s leading children''s poet, and illustrated by award-winning watercolorist Meilo So, this useful and beautiful gift is a splendid way to end the century -- or start a new one. Truly a book that families will cherish long after the millennium excitement is over, The 20th-Century Children''s Poetry Treasury is a joyous companion volume to the best-selling The 20th-Century Children''s Book Treasury.

This book has been selected as a Common Core State Standards Text Exemplar (Grades K-1, 2-3, Poetry) in Appendix B.

From the Jacket

"Until this century, most children''s poetry was either syrupy sweet or overblown and didactic, and tended to talk down to its readers. Contemporary children''s poets have thrown all that condescension and moralizing out the window, and write with today''s "real child in mind."
- from the Introduction by Jack Prelutsky
Here in one gloriously illustrated volume are 211 wonderful poems that represent the best this century has to offer. From sibling rivalry, school, monsters, food, and just plain silliness, to such ageless themes as the seasons, Who am I?, and the many moods of childhood, this is a collection that begs to be read aloud and shared with the whole family. The poems, from every decade of this century, showcase 137 famous poets.
Selected by Jack Prelutsky, America''s leading children''s poet, and illustrated by award-winning watercolorist Meilo So, this useful and beautiful gift is a splendid way to end the century -- or start a new one. Truly a book that families will cherish long after the millennium excitement is over, The 20th-Century Children''s Poetry Treasury is a joyous companion volume to the best-selling The 20th-Century Children''s Book Treasury.

About the Author

For 30 years, Jack Prelutsky ’s inventive poems have inspired legions of children to fall in love with poetry. His outrageously silly poems have tickled even the most stubborn funny bones, while his darker verses have spooked countless late-night readers. His award-winning books include Tyrannosaurus Was a Beast, The Dragons Are Singing Tonight, The Random House Book of Poetry for Children, and The Beauty of the Beast While attending a Bronx, New York, grade school, Prelutsky took piano and voice lessons and was a regular in school shows. Surprisingly, Prelutsky developed a healthy dislike for poetry due to a teacher who “left me with the impression that poetry was the literary equivalent of liver. I was told it was good for me, but I wasn’t convinced.” In his early twenties, Prelutsky spent six months drawing imaginary animals in ink and watercolor. One evening, he wrote two dozen short poetry verses to accompany each drawing. A friend encouraged him to show them to an editor, who loved his poems (although not his artwork!) and urged him to keep writing. Prelutsky listened and he is still busy writing. Jack Prelutsky lives on Mercer Island in Washington with his wife, Carolynn. Meilo So ''s first collaboration with Jack Prelutsky was the ALA Notable Book The Beauty of the Beast: Poems from the Animal Kingdom , of which The New York Times Book Review wrote: "Meilo So does enchantingly unreal paintings: whimsical watercolors made with a wet-on-wet
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From Our Editors

A touch of modernity never hurt. After all, children are brought up in the new world, where ideas and specifically their permutations seem to be a norm of form. The Twentieth Century Children's Poetry Treasury is a thrilling collection of poems that imaginatively tell of the world we live in. With more than 200 selections by more than 100 modern poets, it runs the gamut of expression, characters and ideas. Perfect for young children, it features works by notables like E. E. Cummings, Shel Silverstein, Ted Hughes and Carl Sandburg. Funny, creative and sensible, they will give your child words they can treasure for life.

Appropriate for ages: 3 - 5

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