Phew! I’m getting caught up on my reviews. There are still lots more reviews to come (some for books and others for homeschool resources)! Don’t worry though, I’ll get back to blogging about some of our homeschool adventures as well. 😉 I’m planning a future post about notebooking and how we’ve incorporated that into our studies over the years – complete with pictures of some of Otter’s notebooks.
At the end of this post I’ll post a few free Kindle books so scroll to the end if you are interested in those.
First though, here’s a review on a book of poems:
Read-Aloud Poems: 50 of the World’s Best-Loved Poems for Parent and Child to Share is a hefty collection of poems perfect for introducing children to the works of a variety of poets & writers such as Edward Lear, Lewis Carroll, Robert Frost, Maya Angelou, and even William Shakespeare. The poems are separated into section headings such as:
Meet the Family
Friendship and Love
Earth and Sky
Poems That Tell Stories
Poems to Ponder
Besides the poems themselves, many of the page sidebars have information about the poets themselves such as the following blurb:
Many of Robert Louis Stevenson’s poems are included in this book. Most of them come from his collection of poems – A Child’s Garden of Verses. Stevenson also wrote travel books and such famous novels as Treasure Island and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
I’m appreciative of these small asides that give the adult reading the poems out loud or an older child extra information.
The book has a variety of old fashioned illustrations. They appear to be various famous drawings and paintings from yesteryear, rather than new illustrations made specifically for this book. Some of the illustrations are from famous artists such as Jessie Willcox Smith, whose paintings evoke the sweetness and innocence of childhood. Some of the pictures take up an entire page, while others are sprinkled across the assortment of poems to add visual interest. I really wish the book had more beautiful illustrations along the lines of the cover, however, the focus of the book isn’t the pictures, it’s the words and lyrical language of the poems themselves.
I think poetry is an important part of a child’s diet of literature. Because of the good selection of poems in Read-Aloud Poems, I think this book is a good option for a child’s library. I give it 4 stars instead of 5 because I wasn’t blown away by the artwork (although I did find it sweet). Still, i think Read-Aloud Poems is a solid choice if you are looking for a collection of poems to nurture a love of the written word in your child.
*I received a free review copy for my honest opinion.
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Now for today’s free Kindle books for kids:
The Vanishings: 1 (Left Behind: The Kids) – Otter read most of this series and really enjoyed it. It’s about a group of kids after the “rapture” during the tribulation.