The 20th Century Children's Poetry Treasury

Picture Books | September 15, 1999

EditorJack PrelutskyIllustratorMeilo So

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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.

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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 ...

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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 PrelutskyHere in one gloriously...

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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 glorious...

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...

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Format:Picture BooksDimensions:96 pages, 11.19 × 9.44 × 0.44 inPublished:September 15, 1999Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0679893148

ISBN - 13:9780679893141

Appropriate for ages: 3 - 5

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"We Are Plooters"We are Plooters,We don't care,We make messesEverywhere,We strip forestsBare of trees,We dump garbageIn the seas.We are Plooters,We enjoyFinding beautyTo destroy,We intrudeWhere creatures thrive,Soon there's littleLeft alive.Underwater,Underground,Nothing's safeWhen we're around,We spew poisonsIn the air,We are Plooters,We don't care.-Jack PrelutskyCopyright © 1993 by Jack Prelutsky. Used by permission of the author, who controls all rights."Where Are You Now?"When the night begins to fallAnd the sky begins to glowYou look up and see the tallCity of light begin to grow --In rows and little golden squaresThe lights come out. First here, then thereBehind the windowpanes as thoughA million billion bees had builtTheir golden hives and honeycombsAbove you in the air.-Mary Britton MillerFrom 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 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.