Poems To Learn By Heart

Hardcover | March 26, 2013

byCaroline KennedyIllustratorJon J. Muth

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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.

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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 ...

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.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:192 pages, 10 × 8.25 × 0.75 inPublished:March 26, 2013Publisher:Disney-HyperionLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1423108051

ISBN - 13:9781423108054

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5Q3P With over a hundred poems included in its pages, Kennedy's Poems to Learn by Heart is a call to action to renew our love for poetry and its tradition in oral recitation. Brief introductions provide context for each thematic chapter and encourage readers to consider not only each poem's meaning, but also its connection to its neighbors. With selections that span everything from love and nature to family and identity, Kennedy encourages readers young and old to embrace the many rewards of poetry: finding a voice, discovering new viewpoints, and appreciating shared experiences. In her own words, "If we learn a poem by heart, it is ours forever-and better still, we can share it with others, yet not have to give it away." This anthology is outstanding, not only for its impressive selection, but also for its presentation. The mood and sentiment of each poem are rendered through beautiful watercolor illustrations by Muth, which heighten the pleasure of the collection. The poems, from some of our most beloved and well-known poets, range from funny and nonsensical to atmospheric and serious. Kennedy's passion is infectious, and she urges readers to see poetry not as stuffy literature but as something comforting, inspiring, and personal. The brief discussions included throughout the text give even the inexperienced poetry reader a foundation from which to start. No reader will ever outgrow these pages.-Courtney Huse Wika-VOYA