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Treasury for all Seasons

Title: Treasury for all Seasons

Bibliographic information: Andrews, J. & Hamilton, E. (2012). Treasury for all Seasons. New York: Little, Brown and Company.

Brief annotation: This is a collection of poetry that spans an entire year. Their are poems that cover every month and some of the major events that happen in that month. There are also poems to celebrate individual events in life, like birthdays and coming of age.

Genre: Poetry

Grade: K – 6th Grade – I thought that this book would cover all grades. It could be used to read aloud for younger students to celebrate the different seasons, but it could also be used by older students to learn different types of poetry.

Readers who will like this: Readers who enjoy poetry of any kind will enjoy this book.

Rating: 4 – I really enjoyed this story. I liked that it showed that you should reach for you goals no matter how crazy people may think they are.

Questions: What is is your favorite holiday and how do you celebrate it?

Learning strategy: I chose a gallery show for this book. Students will write their own poems about a family tradition and students will have a gallery show to read everyone’s works.

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The Frogs Wore Red Suspenders

Title: The Frogs Wore Red Suspenders

Bibliographic information: Prelutsky, J. (2002). The Frogs Wore Red Suspenders. New York: Greenwillow Books

Brief annotation: This a collection of poetry about people, places, and animals.

Genre: Poetry

Grade: Kindergarten – 3rd

Readers who will like this: Readers who enjoy poetry will like this. It would also be good for teaching a poetry lesson to younger grades.

Rating: 4 – I really enjoyed the poetry in this book. They were all fairly short so they could be used for younger children.

Questions: What are some characteristics of poems?

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Leave Your Sleep

Merchant, N. (2012). Leave your sleep: a collection of classic children’s poetry. New York: Frances Foster Books.

This book is a collection of illustrated children’s poetry.

Genre: Picturebook, Poetry

Grades:4th-6th

Audience: Parents, Teachers, Students

I would give this book a three. I loved the illustrations and I enjoyed reading some of the poems. However, other poems were very technical and the subject was not always fun and whimsical.

Can you name some famous poets you have heard of?

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Mirror Mirror

Singer, M., & Masse, J. (2010). Mirror mirror: a book of reversible verse. New York, N.Y.: Dutton Children’s Books.

This is a book of poems based on fairy tales.

Genre: Fairy tale, picturebook, poetry

Grades:1st-6th

Audience: Parents, Teachers, Students

I would give this book a five. I thought the illustrations were fun, but the best part of the book were the poems. They were written like so: Teddy is/ a girl/ not/ a bear- and the second one was written- A bear/ not/ a girl/ Teddy is.

Based on the cover illustrations, what is this book about?

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Llama Llama Red Pajama

Title: Llama Llama Red Pajama

Bibliographic Information: Dewdney, A. (2005). Llama llama red pajama. New York: Penguin Young Readers Group.

Annotation: One night Llama worries a lot about his Mama after she tucks in Llama Llama red pajama for bed. Llama’s worrying escalates to the point where Mama has to return back to Llama’s bedroom to comfort him.  

Genre: Poetry Picturebook

Grade level: Kindergarten – 3rd Grade

Readers who will like this book: Young readers who get scared when they are separated from their parents/guardians will enjoy this book. Llama is an impatient character but his Mama comforts him and explains the she is near and can be counted on, but sometimes there is Mama business that she gets busy with. Readers who need a little more of a push when it comes to separation will appreciate this book.

Personal response/rating: I rate this book a 5, because it deals with separation anxiety. Llama reassures to all readers that your parents/guardian will always return. The book keeps the reader intrigued because you want to know what Llama will do next. This book provides wonderful painted illustrations. A fun bedtime story!

Question I would ask before the reading: Have you ever felt scared after being tucked into bed?

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Talking Like the Rain: A Read-to-me Book of Poems

Bibliographic Information: Kennedy, X. J., Kennedy, D. M., & Dyer, J. (1992). Talking like the rain: A read-to-me book of poems. Boston, MA: Little, Brown and Company.

Brief Annotation: A collection of poems accompanied by watercolor illustration, selected for their suitability for reading aloud to children, and arranged by topic.

Genre: Poetry

Grade Level: PreK-3

Readers who will like this: Readers who enjoy poetry; readers who struggle with poetry, and are more likely to be drawn to particular content areas; readers who enjoy being read aloud to.

Rating/Response: 4; This collection of poetry was enjoyable, but predictable. I remember encountering this type of collection as my primary exposure to poetry when I was in elementary school. Dyer’s illustrations ranged from acceptable to lovely. I appreciated that the book included a variety of poetic styles, although most of the poems rhymed. I often feel that children develop a false belief that all poems rhyme, and collections such as this feed into that fallacy. The great strength of this collection is the wide range of poets represented, including Langston Hughes, Christina Rosetti, Emily Dickinson, Ogden Nash, and Jane Yolen.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: This book is a collection of poems. What are some ways that poems are different from other books and stories that we read?

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Moon Frog

Bibliographic Information: Edwards, R. (1992). Moon Frog. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Candlewick Press

Short Annotation: This book deals with poetry that relates to animals and other things that a person may see in today’s world.

Genre: Poetry and Verse.

Grade Level: First grade through Third grade.

Audience: Students would like this book. Teachers would like this book because they can use this book in a classroom when they are teaching a poetry unit.

Personal rating and response: I give this book a seven. I like how they describe animals or even settings in poetry.

Question: What is your favorite animal and how do you describe it?