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The Random House Book of Poetry for Children offers both funny and illuminating poems for kids personally selected by the nation's first Children's Poet Laureate, Jack Prelutsky. Featuring a wealth of beloved classic poems from the past and modern glittering gems, every child who opens this treasury will find a world of surprises and delights which will instill a lifelong The Random House Book of Poetry for Children offers both funny and illuminating poems for kids personally selected by the nation's first Children's Poet Laureate, Jack Prelutsky. Featuring a wealth of beloved classic poems from the past and modern glittering gems, every child who opens this treasury will find a world of surprises and delights which will instill a lifelong love of poetry. Featuring 572 unforgettable poems, and over 400 one-of-a-kind illustrations from the Caldecott-winning illustrator of the Frog and Toad series, Arnold Lobel, this collection is, quite simply, the perfect way to introduce children to the world of poetry.


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The Random House Book of Poetry for Children offers both funny and illuminating poems for kids personally selected by the nation's first Children's Poet Laureate, Jack Prelutsky. Featuring a wealth of beloved classic poems from the past and modern glittering gems, every child who opens this treasury will find a world of surprises and delights which will instill a lifelong The Random House Book of Poetry for Children offers both funny and illuminating poems for kids personally selected by the nation's first Children's Poet Laureate, Jack Prelutsky. Featuring a wealth of beloved classic poems from the past and modern glittering gems, every child who opens this treasury will find a world of surprises and delights which will instill a lifelong love of poetry. Featuring 572 unforgettable poems, and over 400 one-of-a-kind illustrations from the Caldecott-winning illustrator of the Frog and Toad series, Arnold Lobel, this collection is, quite simply, the perfect way to introduce children to the world of poetry.

30 review for The Random House Book of Poetry for Children

  1. 4 out of 5

    QNPoohBear

    loved this book when I was a kid.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Daniel L.

    This Poetry Was Music to My Students' Ears (And Don't Be Turned Off by the Title!) A Review by Daniel L. Berek Most young children love poetry, especially for its musical qualities, rhythm, imagery. And with famed children's poet Jack Prelutsky as editor, add "fun, funny, witty, and wise." When I taught young children (K through grade 3), I used this book extensively, and my students kept asking for more, more, more poetry, please. Do not let the awful title of this book, "The Random House Book of This Poetry Was Music to My Students' Ears (And Don't Be Turned Off by the Title!) A Review by Daniel L. Berek Most young children love poetry, especially for its musical qualities, rhythm, imagery. And with famed children's poet Jack Prelutsky as editor, add "fun, funny, witty, and wise." When I taught young children (K through grade 3), I used this book extensively, and my students kept asking for more, more, more poetry, please. Do not let the awful title of this book, "The Random House Book of Poetry for Children," turn you off. The publishers should have used the subtitle instead, "A Treasury of 572 Poems for Today's Child." Why use the publisher's name as the title. This is not a dictionary, after all. Besides, there is already too much commercialism in books for children. Then again, to use a tired cliche, "You cannot judge a book by its cover." So open the book and sample what's inside. Arranged in themes (which is very useful for teachers looking for a poem for a special occasion), an immense selection of poems by poets of all walks of life awaits. Best of all, most of the poems are not ditties written for kiddies - they are honest-to-goodness poems by respected authors such as Christina Rosetti, Robert Frost, Walter de la Mare, John Updike, Walter Crane, Nikki Giovanni, John Ciardi, Gwendolyn Brooks, Hilaire Belloc, Joyce Kilmer, Langston Hughes, and William Butler Yeats to name but a sample, poems for readers of all ages. Of course, there are also verses by traditional writers of quality children's literature, such as Lewis Carroll, Mary Ann Hoberman, Charlotte Zolotow, Robert Louis Stevenson, Edward Lear, Ogden Nash, Eve Merriam, Judith Viorst, and the two Lillians, Moore and Morrison. There is something for everyone to like in a variety of themes, including nature, the seasons, animals wild and tame, children, the city, the home, food, people, and just plain silliness, something children and adults alike could always use more of. As an educator, I highly favor the use of poetry in all classes, not just language arts. The children will love it! Just don't let them know that it is also good for them....

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ginta Harrigan

    “The Random House Book of Poetry for Children” is a compilation of 572 poems for children. Jack Prelutsky who wrote “Good Sport’s and “Scranimals” selected the poems. Many of the poems are done in rhyme which (I think) is more palatable to children. Form, the arrangement of words, is also noticeable in some poems. For example in the poem “My Mouth” by Arnold Adoff is written as follows: My Mouth stays shut but food just finds a way my tongue says we are full today but teeth just grin and say come “The Random House Book of Poetry for Children” is a compilation of 572 poems for children. Jack Prelutsky who wrote “Good Sport’s and “Scranimals” selected the poems. Many of the poems are done in rhyme which (I think) is more palatable to children. Form, the arrangement of words, is also noticeable in some poems. For example in the poem “My Mouth” by Arnold Adoff is written as follows: My Mouth stays shut but food just finds a way my tongue says we are full today but teeth just grin and say come in i am always hungry Additionally, what is interesting is that Adoff uses a lowercase i in describing himself at the end of the poem. The poems in the book are arranged by nature, the four seasons, the ways of living things, dogs and cats and bears and bats, as well as other categories. I selected a few of the poems to read with my students and they liked them. The poems are short and specific and for those reasons I think children will enjoy reading them and selecting their favorite. My rating for this book is five stars. I liked the many of the poems selected for the book. I also liked the arrangement and the selection of categories for the poems. This is a great book for teachers of primary students to have in their classroom library.

  4. 4 out of 5

    CH13_Lisa Matthews

    The Random House Book of Poetry for Children collection of poetry is a rich and comprehensive anthology that has something for children of all ages. The Random House Book of Poetry for Children has roughly 500 plus poems, some written by Jack Prelutsky but the majority of the poem are collected by Jack Prelutsky. These poems range from nursery rhymes to more serious poetry, all of which are separated into 14 illustrated thematic sections. Poems about nature, seasons, life, animals, food, and peo The Random House Book of Poetry for Children collection of poetry is a rich and comprehensive anthology that has something for children of all ages. The Random House Book of Poetry for Children has roughly 500 plus poems, some written by Jack Prelutsky but the majority of the poem are collected by Jack Prelutsky. These poems range from nursery rhymes to more serious poetry, all of which are separated into 14 illustrated thematic sections. Poems about nature, seasons, life, animals, food, and people as well as nonsense poems, scary poems, and fantasy fill its pages. The author includes an index in the back of the book that makes it easier for the reader to locate a particular or favorite poem or poems on a particular theme. The illustration a simple and cute and will help the reader connect to illustration to the poem. A wonderful book for children of all ages and can be used in the classroom to cover an assortment of themes. There are so many poems on one page which make to book appeared crowded but nevertheless a wonderful book full of great poems. The Random House Book of Poetry for Children won the following award: Booklist Books for Youth Editors' Choice, 1983, School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, 1983, Horn Book Children's Classics, 1983, Library of Congress Children's Books of the Year, 1983, and Kentucky Bluegrass Master List, 1985

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kiersten Knapp

    1. This collection of poems has not received any awards. 2. The target audience are 2nd grade and up. 3. This collection of poems from many great, well-known authors is organized based on different themes such as nature, home, and children. There are many different types of poems in this book such as sad and funny ones. There are also many illustrations to go along with the poems. 4. I really enjoyed reading poems in the book because of how vastly different they are. I like how some are long poems 1. This collection of poems has not received any awards. 2. The target audience are 2nd grade and up. 3. This collection of poems from many great, well-known authors is organized based on different themes such as nature, home, and children. There are many different types of poems in this book such as sad and funny ones. There are also many illustrations to go along with the poems. 4. I really enjoyed reading poems in the book because of how vastly different they are. I like how some are long poems while others are very short. I also really liked how the poems were categorized based on their theme, so that if someone is teaching a lesson on nature, the teacher knows right where to go in the book, rather than searching for it. 5. One way that this could be used in class is by having students pick a poem, rewriting it on a page with their own illustration to go along with it. Another way which this book could be used in the classroom is by using it for poem(s) of the week.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Cara Dore

    Title: The Random House Book of Poetry Author: Collected by Jack Prelutskey Illustrator: Arnold Lobel Genre: Poetry Theme(s): The four seasons, Nature, Children, Home, City, Self, Hunger, People I know, Nonsense, etc. Opening line/sentence: Nature is the endless sky, the sun of golden light, a cloud that floats serenely by, the silver moon of night. Brief Book Summary: In this poetry anthology, Jack Prelutsky has compiled over 500 poems from a variety of authors. The poems vary in topic, rhythm, an Title: The Random House Book of Poetry Author: Collected by Jack Prelutskey Illustrator: Arnold Lobel Genre: Poetry Theme(s): The four seasons, Nature, Children, Home, City, Self, Hunger, People I know, Nonsense, etc. Opening line/sentence: Nature is the endless sky, the sun of golden light, a cloud that floats serenely by, the silver moon of night. Brief Book Summary: In this poetry anthology, Jack Prelutsky has compiled over 500 poems from a variety of authors. The poems vary in topic, rhythm, and length as well as seriousness but all are enjoyable. Illustrations by Lobel, some in color and some not, accompany almost every poem in the anthology and are sprinkled in and around the printed poems. Professional Recommendation/Review #1: Susie Wilde (Children's Literature) Prelutsky is one of the most trusted names in children's poetry. During the school year he probably gets a hundred letters a week from kids. Kids know that Prelutsky is their friend because he writes about the things they care about--outer space, monsters, dragons, sports, food fights, sibling rivalry, and weird friends. He never condescends. Prelutsky tell things in unique, interesting ways. He's compiled anthologies like this one where he draws on many current writers who he believes are some of the best children's poets who ever lived. 1983, Random, $19.00 and $21.99. Ages 6 to 10. (PUBLISHER: Random House (New York:), PUBLISHED: c1983.) Professional Recommendation/Review #2: Sylvia M. Vardell; BookLinks 15.6, 2006 K-Gr. 6. With more than a half-million copies in print, this comprehensive anthology has become a staple. Its more than 500 poems are organized into 14 broad sections including nature, seasons, animals, cities, home, self, nonsense, and more. The variety of poets is still impressive, including classic and anonymous authors from Emily Dickinson to Dennis Lee, and the selections range from playground verse to more serious fare. Illustrations by Caldecott medalist Lobel abound on every page, executed in color and sepia tones or monochromatic green shades and always perfectly placed and uncrowded, even with as many as four poems on a page. Several helpful indexes make it easier to find and choose just the right poem. The Random House Book of Poetry for Children. Selected by Jack Prelutsky. Illus. by Arnold Lobel. 1983. 256p. Random, $19.95 (0-394-85010-6). Response to Two Professional Reviews: I like that both professional reviews discuss the immense variety in this text and (evidently) in much of Prelutsky’s work— the variety in this book is a large part of what made it interesting to me. Wilde comments that Prelutsky chose the authors for this anthology based on “who he believes are some of the best children’s poets who ever lived.” I find it heartening that Prelutsky does not only write poetry, but consumes it and has favorites. Additionally, Wilde’s comments about Prelutsky’s kind nature is unusual in a professional review, which tells me his personality must really be strong. Evaluation of Literary Elements: By nature of being an anthology of poetry, The Random House Book of Poetry has a plethora of formats and rhyme schemes present in the poems. I did notice that most of the poems rhyme, however, perhaps reflecting that this book is intended for children. There is a variety of themes and a variety of positive and negative poems about the themes, which sets up an interesting discussion on values. Consideration of Instructional Application: I would love to use this book and other collections of poetry to create a Poem in My Pocket day. Children could choose a poem from The Random House Book of Poetry or create their own poems and keep it in their pockets all day. When someone comes up to them and asks what they have in their pocket, if they can recite back the poem or give their opinion of what the poem is about/why it is important, they receive a Pocket Point. Poem in My Pocket Day can occur not only in my classroom, but at lunch, at recess, etc.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    The Random House Book of Poetry for Children by Jack Prelutsky falls under the genre poetry and children's book and is intended for children 7-15 years of age, but can also be enjoyed for young adults as well. The book has not won any awards. The book is compiled with many different poems written by many different poets and authors. Jack Prelutsky collected the poems used in the book and even wrote a couple of them too. There are many different topics throughout the book including nature, animal The Random House Book of Poetry for Children by Jack Prelutsky falls under the genre poetry and children's book and is intended for children 7-15 years of age, but can also be enjoyed for young adults as well. The book has not won any awards. The book is compiled with many different poems written by many different poets and authors. Jack Prelutsky collected the poems used in the book and even wrote a couple of them too. There are many different topics throughout the book including nature, animals, food, and different characters. Most of the poems are accompanied by an illustration. There are short simple poems, as well as longer, more in-depth poems. I gave this book a four-star rating because overall, they had some very good, interesting poems. The whole book is made up of 500+ poems and it just took a while for me to read the whole thing. Some poems I found a little boring and could not relate too. However, this book would be an excellent introduction to poetry for kids ranging from multiple ages. There are poems included that children beginning to read could easily read aloud and understand. There are also more complex works of poetry that could be used for older students learning about poetry and how to start writing poems themselves. There were some illustrations that really stood out, and others were simple doodles and pictures. I think some of these poems would appeal to young readers and I think the older they got, the more they would enjoy and appreciate them. One of my favorite things about this book of poetry was the categories. They kept each category of poems together that ranged from nature to animals as well as scary to fantasy. This book of poems really has anything you could be looking for and they did an excellent job of keeping it very organized. 12/02/17

  8. 5 out of 5

    Taylor

    I thoroughly loved this children's poetry book. I think a lot of children prefer to be read poetry because of the rhyming schemes, which makes reading not only easier for children, but also more fun. Poems are a little bit like music for kids. There are a plethora of topics, including animals, food, and family members. There are black and white, color, and little illustrating taking up each page. Almost all of the poems can be relatable in someway to a child. This book is full of poetry for chil I thoroughly loved this children's poetry book. I think a lot of children prefer to be read poetry because of the rhyming schemes, which makes reading not only easier for children, but also more fun. Poems are a little bit like music for kids. There are a plethora of topics, including animals, food, and family members. There are black and white, color, and little illustrating taking up each page. Almost all of the poems can be relatable in someway to a child. This book is full of poetry for children of all ages, but I'd say targeted for children in 2nd grade and up, and used as a read aloud in a classroom!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Esther Westfall

    This is a wonderful collection of children's poetry. There's such a wide variety of poems, that every child is bound to find at least a few that they enjoy. It is an excellent way to introduce children to the various kinds of poetry all in one book. The illustrations are also cute and help kids to be able to further interpret the poems.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Nikki

    I think we use this poetry book for the first couple years of this curriculum & I don't want it in my Currently-Reading for that long so I'm reviewing after a month. There have been a couple poems that have been catchy for us and some that were not, but overall I like the variety and they are definitely age/skill appropriate for my 6 yr old.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Camille Haynie

    Genre: Poetry. I categorized this book in poetry because this is one of the best resources out there for children's poetry. It is a great collective anthology for children's poems. I believe poetry should be a big part of the elementary school classroom.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Leaflet

    Top-notch selection of poems made even better by Arnold Lobel's illustrations.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kaitlin Niedert

    This poetry book is filled with tons of different poetry with many different sections of different themes. This would be great for middle to upper elementary.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sydney Rachlin

    1. This book has not won any awards. 2. Appropriate grade levels: K-8 3. This is a giant collection of poems for children. There are 572 poems on various topics for children to read and learn from. The poems are separated based on a subject such as alphabet poems, nature poems, nonsense poems...etc. 4. I love this collection of poems because there are 572 to choose from. There are so many beautiful poems with a wide range of topics and there are no illustrations. There are short and long poems all 1. This book has not won any awards. 2. Appropriate grade levels: K-8 3. This is a giant collection of poems for children. There are 572 poems on various topics for children to read and learn from. The poems are separated based on a subject such as alphabet poems, nature poems, nonsense poems...etc. 4. I love this collection of poems because there are 572 to choose from. There are so many beautiful poems with a wide range of topics and there are no illustrations. There are short and long poems all throughout the book. 5. Poetry, Rhyme, and begin the day or end the day with a poem.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    This is for 3 months - 18 years. This book is a large collection of poems with varying themes including homework qualms, wanting a dog, and observations about little sisters. Illustrated in both color and black and white. It's a large collection that could be used all year long in a class room. I liked this book for it's volume of poems but I found the illustrations a bit boring. This book didn't keep my attention as much as other poem books did, it also had a lot of poems on each page which I thi This is for 3 months - 18 years. This book is a large collection of poems with varying themes including homework qualms, wanting a dog, and observations about little sisters. Illustrated in both color and black and white. It's a large collection that could be used all year long in a class room. I liked this book for it's volume of poems but I found the illustrations a bit boring. This book didn't keep my attention as much as other poem books did, it also had a lot of poems on each page which I think could look overwhelming to young readers. I think this would be better for a teacher read aloud rather than individual reading, at least in the younger grades. In class uses include building a poetry collection, the kids could also pick out poems that they like and make their own illustrations to go with them.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Christina Cabezas

    Title: The Random House Book of Poetry for Children Author: Jack Prelutsky Illustrator: Arnold Lobel Genre: Children's Poetry Theme(s): Poetry Opening line/sentence: Introduction For very young children, responding to poetry is as natural as breathing. Brief Book Summary: This collection of 572 poems for children features detailed illustrations for each poem. The book includes an Introduction by the author, and a Table of Contents which divides the book up into sections with a certain theme. At the bac Title: The Random House Book of Poetry for Children Author: Jack Prelutsky Illustrator: Arnold Lobel Genre: Children's Poetry Theme(s): Poetry Opening line/sentence: Introduction For very young children, responding to poetry is as natural as breathing. Brief Book Summary: This collection of 572 poems for children features detailed illustrations for each poem. The book includes an Introduction by the author, and a Table of Contents which divides the book up into sections with a certain theme. At the back of the book, there is an Index of Titles, and a Subject Index. Professional Recommendation/Review #1: Susie Wilde (Children's Literature) Prelutsky is one of the most trusted names in children's poetry. During the school year he probably gets a hundred letters a week from kids. Kids know that Prelutsky is their friend because he writes about the things they care about-- outer space, monsters, dragons, sports, food fights, sibling rivalry, and weird friends. He never condescends. Prelutsky tell things in unique, interesting ways. He's compiled anthologies like this one where he draws on many current writers who he believes are some of the best children's poets who ever lived. 1983, Random, $19.00 and $21.99. Ages 6 to 10. Professional Recommendation/Review #2: (2) K-3 Illustrated by Arnold Lobel. 1983. A welcome reissue of an aesthetically pleasing and eminently useful collection. Emphasis is placed on humor and light verse, but serious and thoughtful poems are also included. The copious illustrations, interpretive as well as decorative, are a rare blend of tenderness and humor. Response to Two Professional Reviews: These two reviews touch on the range of poems included in this collection: humorous poems, serious poems, thoughtful poems. Children will certainly enjoy the variety of the short poems, as most of the poems included are easy reads. Prelutsky does seem that he understands how children think- his poems are unique and interesting, and will surely be of use to children who are learning to love poetry. Evaluation of Literary Elements: This collection of poems is perfect for children for many reasons. The poems are short, which means that children will not be intimidated by the amount of text per poem. There is a Table of Content with the poems organized by topics, so that children can find a series of poems on a topic that will be most interesting to them. Finally, there are two indexes in the back of the book- Subject Index and Index of Titles for students to look up either their favorite poem, or to look for a poem about a subject that they enjoy. Consideration of Instructional Application: For students of all ages, this book can be used to teach, introduce, or review poetry. The variety of poems by topic and length are great for teaching students that they can write a poem about anything, and it can be however long they want it to be. The variety of styles of the poems are great to use for examples- students can learn that a poem can rhyme, but doesn't have too. In general, this is a wonderful book to get children excited about reading and writing poetry.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Colleen

    The Random House Book of Poetry for Children is an enormously varied anthology of poems that would be good to read aloud to students, perhaps one or two poems per day, as my children's literature textbook recommends. Not only do they vary in time period (including poems from the 1800s by Edward Lear and poems from slightly later in time, such as "The Sidewalk Racer, OR On The Skateboard" by Lillian Morrison) and style (from the very rhythmic anapestic tetrameter of "The Flattered Flying Fish" (e The Random House Book of Poetry for Children is an enormously varied anthology of poems that would be good to read aloud to students, perhaps one or two poems per day, as my children's literature textbook recommends. Not only do they vary in time period (including poems from the 1800s by Edward Lear and poems from slightly later in time, such as "The Sidewalk Racer, OR On The Skateboard" by Lillian Morrison) and style (from the very rhythmic anapestic tetrameter of "The Flattered Flying Fish" (ex. "Said the Shark to the Flying Fish over the phone: / "Will you join me tonight? I am dining alone.") to the free verse of "basketball" (ex. "when spanky goes / to the playground all the big boys say / hey big time--what's happenin' / 'cause his big brother plays basketball for their high school")), but they also vary in subject matter (from nature ("Dust of Snow" or "A Wolf...") to the absurd ("Don't Ever Seize a Weasel by the Tail" or "Eletelephony" or "Jabberwocky") to a sense of self ("Just Me" or "Mark's Fingers") and length (such as the two-line "Happy Thought" or the very long "Colonel Fazackerly"). These well-selected poems also vary in origin, including Native American poetry and poetry from other cultures, as well as quality (some poems that have an established meter do not maintain it as well as others, though most other measures of poetic quality are, of course, subjective). Additionally, some poems are slightly dated, as one describes an IBM card and makes jokes about it that I, personally, did not understand upon first read-through. While I dislike some of the poems in this book, most are interesting, either because of the peculiar sounds of the words, the interesting vocabulary (high-level or otherwise) contained within, the strange (or relatable) subject matter, or author--one thing I particularly liked about this book was that, in amongst Jack Prelutsky and Shel Silverstein were poems by Emily Dickinson and William Carlos Williams (including "I'm Nobody! Who Are You?" and "This Is Just To Say"). Additionally, there are several indexes (organized by author last name, poem title, poem first line, etc.) for easier re-finding of a beloved poem (which I just discovered and used successfully upon trying to find a poem that I knew started "Said the Shark to the Flying Fish," though I could not remember the title). Overall, I would say that this is an excellently varied anthology, and an elementary classroom necessity, and would give it 5/5 stars.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Maggie Cheesman

    The Random House Book of Poetry is a large book full of many different poems for children. Even though this book was very large, it had many good poems that are very relatable for children of all ages. I think this book is one of the best poetry books I have found because not only does it have hundreds of poems, but there are many different categories of poems. The Random House Book of Poetry ranges from body parts to many different animals. In the Random House Book of Poetry, I was able to read The Random House Book of Poetry is a large book full of many different poems for children. Even though this book was very large, it had many good poems that are very relatable for children of all ages. I think this book is one of the best poetry books I have found because not only does it have hundreds of poems, but there are many different categories of poems. The Random House Book of Poetry ranges from body parts to many different animals. In the Random House Book of Poetry, I was able to read the poem "My Mouth" by Arnold Adoff but I was also able to read the poem "Kitty Caught a Caterpillar". When students are young, they are only going to read things that they are interested in, so it is important for poetry books to have a lot of different types of poems to be able to be successful books. Since this book has so many different types of poems, it is a very good poetry book to have in the classroom because all of the students will be able to find at least one poem they are interested in. This book is also very child friendly and I did not see any poems that at least one child would not find interesting. My favorite poem that I read in The Random House Book of Poetry for Children would be "My Mouth" by Arnold Adoff. I found this poem very interesting because of the way the poem is written. The words are all lower case and there are only a couple of words on each line. I think this helps keep the children focused and involved while reading the poem. It also makes it more child friendly because it looks like a poem that any child could read or write. It does not have a complex story line or theme. It is very simple to understand and read. Overall, I gave this book three stars out of five. I think it is a perfect children's poetry book and a lot of children would enjoy reading it. I think its an easy read. One reason I gave the book three stars is because poetry isn't my favorite topic, so I don't enjoy reading hundreds of poems. Lastly, since there are so many poems, some students might feel overwhelmed and they won't search through the book to find poems that they will enjoy. I think this book would be good for many different classrooms at many different grade levels.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Alnora

    Out of this selection, I read: 1.Adoff, Arnold: •My Mouth •Chocolate Chocolate* 2.Ciardi, John: •Mummy Slept Late and Daddy Fixed Breakfast* •The Myra Song •I Wish I could Meet the Man that Knows •Read This with Gestures 3.Fisher, Aileen: •Merry Christmas •Light the Festive Candles •On Mother’s Day* •Wearing of the Green* 4.Hoberman, Mary Ann: •Night •Praying Mantis •Changing •Meg’s Egg •The Folk Who Live in Backward Town •Clickbeetle •Wailers 5.Hopkins, Lee Bennett: •Girls Can, Too! 6.Kennedy, X.J.: Out of this selection, I read: 1.Adoff, Arnold: •My Mouth •Chocolate Chocolate* 2.Ciardi, John: •Mummy Slept Late and Daddy Fixed Breakfast* •The Myra Song •I Wish I could Meet the Man that Knows •Read This with Gestures 3.Fisher, Aileen: •Merry Christmas •Light the Festive Candles •On Mother’s Day* •Wearing of the Green* 4.Hoberman, Mary Ann: •Night •Praying Mantis •Changing •Meg’s Egg •The Folk Who Live in Backward Town •Clickbeetle •Wailers 5.Hopkins, Lee Bennett: •Girls Can, Too! 6.Kennedy, X.J.: •Mother’s Nerves •In the Motel •Help! •Father and Mother* 7.Kuskin, Karla: •The Middle of the Night* •Rules* •Winter Clothes* •Me* •A Bug Sat in a Silver Flower •Spring* 8.Livingston, Myra Cohn: •Martin Luther King •12 October •History •Mr. Pratt 9.McCord, David: •Mr. Bidery’s Spidery Garden •Yellow •Every Time I Climb a Tree •From: A Christmas Package VIII •To Walk in Warm Rain 10.Merriam, Eve: •Sing a Song of Subways •Umbilical •What in the World * •Two People* •Misnomer 11.Moore, Lilian: •Something is There •Waking •Foghorns •Pigeons •Hey, Bug! •Ground Hog Day •Until I Saw the Sea 12.Prelutsky, Jack: •Nature Is... •The Four Seasons •Dogs and Cats and Bears and Bats •The Hippopotamus •The Lion •The Ways of Living Things •Long Gone •City, Oh, City •Children, Children Everywhere •No Girls Allowed •Me I Am!* •Home! You're Where It's Warm Inside •I'm Hungry •Twickham Tweer 13.Silverstein, Shel: •Valentine •Hug O’War* •Pie Problem •Smart* •The Little Boy and the Old Man •Jimmy Jet and His TV Set •Slithergadee 14.Worth, Valerie: •Crickets 15.Yolen, Jane: •Grandpa Bear’s Lullaby •Homework •The Bluffalo NOTE: The ones with an asterisk (*) next to them are the ones I liked the most.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    Random House Book of Poetry 5 out of 5 stars Prelutsky’s selections for the book were funny and enjoyable. All of the poems that I read throughout the book rhymed. Some of the poems were quite descriptive, and it was easy for the reader to imagine the text as a picture. I liked how some of the poems used descriptive words as sound, such as tinkle, whammed, crack, and whacked. The poems, to children, would be amusing if the reader read with enthusiasm and inflections in the voice. There was not Random House Book of Poetry 5 out of 5 stars Prelutsky’s selections for the book were funny and enjoyable. All of the poems that I read throughout the book rhymed. Some of the poems were quite descriptive, and it was easy for the reader to imagine the text as a picture. I liked how some of the poems used descriptive words as sound, such as tinkle, whammed, crack, and whacked. The poems, to children, would be amusing if the reader read with enthusiasm and inflections in the voice. There was not necessarily a theme for the book, but the book was broken down into sections. For example, there were separate sections about sports, nature, the four seasons, and food. Most of the poems were about concrete ideas and images, although there were some nonsense poems that did not have real words contained in them. However, these nonsense poems would be great to incorporate into the classroom in order to stretch the imaginations of the children. I gave the book five out five stars. I enjoyed the sense of humor in the poems. In addition, there was a wide selection of poetry addressing a variety of topics. The recommended age level for the book would be between kindergarten and fourth grades. The younger grades would have to be read aloud to. I think children would connect with the humor of the poems. In addition, difficult issues are addressed in some of the works, such as bullying, being left out, and running away from home. Children can relate to these topics. Two subject areas into which the book could be integrated could be language arts and social/emotional needs. For a lesson on social/emotional needs, the children could listen to some of the poems about bullying and feeling left out. There could be a class discussion about how to include people who are not like you and what to do when someone is bullying you. All students could benefit from this lesson.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jenna Sommerkamp

    Having a hard time finding poetry for children? I think I have stumbled upon a book that may help. "The Random House Book of Poetry for Children" by Jack Prelutsky and illustrated by Caldecott Award winner Arnold Lobel is a fantastic read of poetry. The book contains 572 poems of many different topics. There are topics about all sorts of things such as: nature, animals, seasons, the alphabet, people, and many more. Along with a variety of poems comes a variety of authors as well. There are a han Having a hard time finding poetry for children? I think I have stumbled upon a book that may help. "The Random House Book of Poetry for Children" by Jack Prelutsky and illustrated by Caldecott Award winner Arnold Lobel is a fantastic read of poetry. The book contains 572 poems of many different topics. There are topics about all sorts of things such as: nature, animals, seasons, the alphabet, people, and many more. Along with a variety of poems comes a variety of authors as well. There are a handful of fabulous authors' works within the book. The poems themselves are unique. They vary in length as some are long and some are short. Other poems are very descriptive and full of detail while others are simple and clear. The word choice selection for each poem is remarkable allowing for the reader to imagine the text visually. Along with the text is a picture to go along with each poem. The illustrations are all very different. Some illustrations are colored brightly while others are colored lightly or even rather dull. Each picture appears to have a soft brush stroke or even a pencil sketched affect to them. The illustrations however, fit perfectly with each poem, which also helps aid to the understanding of the poem. Several of the poems include humor and would be fun for students to hear of read with enthusiasm. I would recommend this book for any elementary aged level. Kindergarten and first grade students may need the poems read to them, but I do believe all grade k-5 would enjoy this book. After reading one poem, you just want to continue on to the next. One of my favorite poems that I read in the text is titled, "Some Things Don't Make Any Sense At All." It is a short poem about a little boy who just doesn't understand. His mother has told him that he is her "sugarplum." He is her "lamb." He is "perfect." If he is so special and perfect in his mother's eyes, the little boy does not understand why the mother just had another baby.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Moon

    1. Book Information: Author: Multiple – Anthology (Compiled by Jack Prelutsky) Illustrator: Arnold Lobel Title: The Random House Book of Poetry for Children Publisher: Random House Copyright date: 1983 Number of pages: 248 Grades: Kindergarten – 5th Where you identified the author: Follett Titlewave – Starred on Booklist 2. Book Annotation: An introductory collection of poems for children, most of which are about animals, nature, growing up, and other fun aspects of childhood. 3. Literary Category: Anth 1. Book Information: Author: Multiple – Anthology (Compiled by Jack Prelutsky) Illustrator: Arnold Lobel Title: The Random House Book of Poetry for Children Publisher: Random House Copyright date: 1983 Number of pages: 248 Grades: Kindergarten – 5th Where you identified the author: Follett Titlewave – Starred on Booklist 2. Book Annotation: An introductory collection of poems for children, most of which are about animals, nature, growing up, and other fun aspects of childhood. 3. Literary Category: Anthology 4. Reading Notes: I think I’m partial to this book because my parents used it when I was little to introduce me to poetry. Children are frequently exposed to heavily-illustrated fiction and classic fables, but an introduction to poetry gives children awareness that language can be crafted and words are an art. Children also identify easily with these poems, because the content of the poems is about things children understand: animals, nature, seasons, insects, friendships, summertime, etc. The illustrations in this book aren’t excellent, but I still think the content of the poems makes the book worth the purchase. 5. Characters: This question is difficult for poetry as all characters aren’t named…almost all poems in this collection have an unidentified narrator. 6. Related Books: I also looked at Poetry for Young People: Robert Frost (Edited by Gary D. Schmidt), but I don’t think children would be as interested in that collection as the poems in The Random House Book of Poetry for Children.

  23. 5 out of 5

    L-Crystal Wlodek

    The Random House Book of Poetry is intended for students in grades K-5 and is considered a modern classic. Included in this anthology are over 500 poems that are divided into many broad subject areas like nature, seasons, living things, and home, among others as selected by poet Jack Prelutsky. Within the anthology are poems written by Emily Dickinson, Robert Louis Stevenson, Robert Frost, Langston Hughes, Nikki Giovanni, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Lewis Carroll, among others. Playground chants, anon The Random House Book of Poetry is intended for students in grades K-5 and is considered a modern classic. Included in this anthology are over 500 poems that are divided into many broad subject areas like nature, seasons, living things, and home, among others as selected by poet Jack Prelutsky. Within the anthology are poems written by Emily Dickinson, Robert Louis Stevenson, Robert Frost, Langston Hughes, Nikki Giovanni, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Lewis Carroll, among others. Playground chants, anonymous rhymes, scary poems, silly verse, and even some sad poems are represented and carefully indexed by title, author, first line, and subject. Colorful illustrations are also present throughout the anthology. This anthology collection gives children a taste of exceptional writing of several poets as it spans over several decades. In this anthology, children are exposed to poems in a variety of categories written by classic and newer poets alike. The poems tend to be silly, playful, and encompass a variety of topics, which will appeal to young readers. There are also illustrations on every page which bring the poems to life. This anthology would be best used in the classroom for choral reading, readers’ theatre, and performance theatre. This poetry collection is varied, upbeat, and complete, and is sure to be a hit for poetry lovers in home, school, and library settings.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Maureen

    This collection of 572 poems, selected by Jack Prelutzky and illustrated by Caldecott winner Arnold Lobel, has been recognized as a modern classic since its publication in 1983; an unparalled resource of fine children's poems organized into 14 broad categories such as Alphabet Stew and The Land of Potpourri. The collection is also indexed by titles, first lines, authors, and subject. This is an indispensible resource of fine poetry and should be found in every teacher's collection. If I only had This collection of 572 poems, selected by Jack Prelutzky and illustrated by Caldecott winner Arnold Lobel, has been recognized as a modern classic since its publication in 1983; an unparalled resource of fine children's poems organized into 14 broad categories such as Alphabet Stew and The Land of Potpourri. The collection is also indexed by titles, first lines, authors, and subject. This is an indispensible resource of fine poetry and should be found in every teacher's collection. If I only had one book of poetry for chldren, this would be it. This is my "go to" source when I am looking for a poem to introduce a theme, enrich curriculum, celebrate a holiday, etc.I read poetry to my students every day as I believe students derive enormous benefit from reading and listening to all kinds of poetry, and engaging in the process of writing poetry. I believe that reading and writing poetry will inform their writing in other genres, give them authentic reasons for expanding their vocabularies, develop an appreciation for well crafted lyrical language while searching for a personal literary voice, and will occasionally allow students to escape the demands of conventions. So if you are looking for a good poem with which to inspire the above behaviors, this valuable anthology is the place to start.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Parrish

    The Random House Book of Poetry for Children by Jack Prelutsky is a very thick book of many different poems appealing to many different personalities. Although I did not read every poem in the book, I read most and thought they were all for around the same age group. My bet is this book would appeal to fourth graders best. There are roughly 570 poems in this book and each of them are quality poems that will help children to understand and enjoy poetry a little more. There are poems about nature, The Random House Book of Poetry for Children by Jack Prelutsky is a very thick book of many different poems appealing to many different personalities. Although I did not read every poem in the book, I read most and thought they were all for around the same age group. My bet is this book would appeal to fourth graders best. There are roughly 570 poems in this book and each of them are quality poems that will help children to understand and enjoy poetry a little more. There are poems about nature, dogs and cats, the Earth, children, home and anything else children might relate to. These poems are fairly short in length and the text is fairly easy to understand. There are not many big vocabulary words in these poems and most of them rhyme. Some however, do not rhyme. This is a good asset to the book because there is a common misconception among children that all poems have to rhyme. This is a book that should not be read in a day or in one setting. It should be stored on the shelf at home or in the library and for children to read at their leisure. I chose four stars for this book because I believe the best way for children to be comfortable with poetry is to come across it in their own time and this book allows them to do so.

  26. 4 out of 5

    SallySnowtiger

    The Random House Book of Poetry for Children Grades K-4 This is an incredible book that contains a wide variety of poems by a diversity of poets. Arnold Lobel’s illustrations lack color, often heavily penciled and shade, color used looks dull and flat. Lobel uses rounded soft lines in cartoon illustrations of everything from food, people, animals, places and mythological creatures such as dragons. Jack Prelutsky has put together a very impressive comprehensive anthology containing over 500 poems, The Random House Book of Poetry for Children Grades K-4 This is an incredible book that contains a wide variety of poems by a diversity of poets. Arnold Lobel’s illustrations lack color, often heavily penciled and shade, color used looks dull and flat. Lobel uses rounded soft lines in cartoon illustrations of everything from food, people, animals, places and mythological creatures such as dragons. Jack Prelutsky has put together a very impressive comprehensive anthology containing over 500 poems, which would make this book enjoyable for a wide range of age groups. There are so many different styles and themes of poems to chose from. Some of the poems featured include rhyme while others are in free verse, and there are poems that use alliteration, assonance, consonance, metaphors so this book would rank high on child appeal because children would enjoy the different styles of poems and learn what kind of poems appeal most to them. Grades K-4 Language Arts/Science/Social Studies/Art Teachers can use poems based on themes such as nature, people, food, or places to use as part of lessons in science or geography. Students can choose a few poems that use metaphors and draw or paint the image created by the metaphor.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    I read a poem called My mouth by Arnold Adoff. This poem tells of always being hungry. It is a silly poem where he has random symmetry for the lines of the poem and says "food come in." I also read "Girls can too" by Lee Bennet Hopkins. This is about a boy that brags about what boys can do. It is a fun poem about girl power and tells how the girl steals the boys baseball cards. I also read "Ground Hog Day" by Lilian Moore. This book explains ground hog day and would be an excellent book to teach I read a poem called My mouth by Arnold Adoff. This poem tells of always being hungry. It is a silly poem where he has random symmetry for the lines of the poem and says "food come in." I also read "Girls can too" by Lee Bennet Hopkins. This is about a boy that brags about what boys can do. It is a fun poem about girl power and tells how the girl steals the boys baseball cards. I also read "Ground Hog Day" by Lilian Moore. This book explains ground hog day and would be an excellent book to teach kids that when the ground hog sees the shadow there are six more weeks of winter. "Train Song" by Diane Siebert: this book tells of trains and where they go. It would be a great poem to teach children all about trains. "In the Motel" by X. J. Kennedy: THis tells of all the noises the kids make and trouble that they can get into while they are on vacation. "Pie Problem" by Shel Silverstein: A silly poem that tells how he would die if he ate one more piece of pie so he eats the pie. I love Silverstein! Valerie Worth: 1-2 line stanzans. Poem tells of crickets that talk in the grass all summer. "Grandpa Bear's Lulluby" by Jane Yolen: tells of bears in hibernation. It would be a great way to teach about this.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Chandler Cash

    This was a big book, so unfortunately I didn't get a chance to read all of the poems, but from what I read and all of the different sections, I found this book to be pretty enjoyable. It is set up in such a way that a group of poems fall under a category and then like poems are then lumped together either on the same page or on two pages that are next to each other. Also I really liked the illustrations done by Arnold Lobel, it doesn't say what the element of design is, but whatever he uses is d This was a big book, so unfortunately I didn't get a chance to read all of the poems, but from what I read and all of the different sections, I found this book to be pretty enjoyable. It is set up in such a way that a group of poems fall under a category and then like poems are then lumped together either on the same page or on two pages that are next to each other. Also I really liked the illustrations done by Arnold Lobel, it doesn't say what the element of design is, but whatever he uses is dark in color but somehow gives life to the words. That really draws you into first the picture and then the poem to find out what the picture is about. For the classroom this could be a good book to pull out whenever there is a certain lesson to be taught that day, for example George Washington, all you have to do is find Washington's name in the table on content and go to page 39 and you have a poem to kick start the lesson. Its vocabulary use varies depending on the author, but overall I would say that it has a couple of words in a group of poems that would stretch a child's vocabulary. Most of the poems don't go out side the style of rhyming in poetry, so if you wanted to teach a different style this book, might not be the best example.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Tionna Dorsey

    "The Random House of Poetry for Children" by Jack Prelutsky is part of the poetry collection. Jack Prelutsky was the nation's first children's Poet Laureate. The intended audience for this poem is young children ages 5 to 8 years old. This is a great book for parents, children, teachers and students to read together. This poetry book includes 572 poems for children. The poem I choose to read and write about is called "January" on page 36 in "The Random House Book of Poetry for Children". The poem "The Random House of Poetry for Children" by Jack Prelutsky is part of the poetry collection. Jack Prelutsky was the nation's first children's Poet Laureate. The intended audience for this poem is young children ages 5 to 8 years old. This is a great book for parents, children, teachers and students to read together. This poetry book includes 572 poems for children. The poem I choose to read and write about is called "January" on page 36 in "The Random House Book of Poetry for Children". The poem "January" is a rhyming poem about the month of January. It talks about the weather, wind, and how the days are shorter in the month of January. I rated this book with 4 stars. the author is presenting a experience or thought throughout the poem. This book has at least one illustration to go with every poem, so the children can use their imagination different ways. The words throughout is medium font, and the rhyme. This poem gets children to visualize those cold winter days. Some themes for this poem could be "cold and winter". I would recommended young child ages 5 to 8 to read the poem "January", that's in the book "The Random House of Poetry for Children".

  30. 5 out of 5

    Yessenia

    This book was really fun to read. I didn't get through all of the 572 poems but I would consider purchasing it for my future classroom. The poems have different themes and that's how they are grouped. Some of the poems are really easy to understand but I think that others would need further clarification for children, since some of the poems have older language. The poems are written by different authors, which I also liked because it exposes students to different types of poem structures. I lik This book was really fun to read. I didn't get through all of the 572 poems but I would consider purchasing it for my future classroom. The poems have different themes and that's how they are grouped. Some of the poems are really easy to understand but I think that others would need further clarification for children, since some of the poems have older language. The poems are written by different authors, which I also liked because it exposes students to different types of poem structures. I like the layout of the book there are multiple poems on a page that have to do with the same theme. Some poems are long while others are quite short. I liked this variety because it allows students to read different poems and they don't have to search the entire book for a short poem or a long one. One of my favorite poems was about the seasons. The poem described every season and on the previous page there was a picture with different scenes from every season. The pictures are also good there are some in color and others are black and white. Over all, this book was great and has a wonderful variety of poems for every student.

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