Forget-Me-Nots: Poems to Learn by Heart
What You Need to Know:|
• This book is filled with more than 120 poems that we should all have on our bookshelves.
• The release of this book was perfectly timed to kick off the 2012 celebration of poetry month.
• The whimsical illustrations help capture the mood of each poem.
• There is an excellent section in the back that offers tips on how to memorize poetry.
• Mary Ann Hoberman is a former Children's Poet Laureate and a winner of the National Book Award.
There's something for everyone in this compilation of more than one hundred poems. You'll find works by John Keats, Ogden Nash, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, and many more. Some are short, and some are long. There are silly rhymes and funny ideas. There are poems about people, animals, food and time. Some are about the little things in life, and some are about really big, important concepts. According to Mary Ann Hoberman, while they may vary in their length or degree of difficulty, each poem was chosen because it was "memorable." She says that they are memorable either because they are "easy to remember" or because they are "worth remembering" and I have to say that I think each piece that she chose fits that bill. These are all valuable works to share with our children.
The illustrations are entertaining on their own, and offer excellent visual representations of the poems. Forget-Me-Nots is one of those books that you can refer back to again and again. The book is well-organized. The poems are divided by subject and there is a table of contents that includes the name of the poem as well as the author. In the back there is even an "index of first lines" that readers may find helpful. It would be an excellent addition to a classroom or school library.
Mary Ann Hoberman
2012, 144 pages
Excellent Read Aloud, Humor, Imagination, Poetry, Reference
• Which poem did you like the best and why?
• If you were going to write your own poem, what topic would you choose?
• Do you prefer poems that rhyme or those that don't, and why?
• Which poem would you choose to memorize, and why?
• Why do you think it is important to know a poem by heart?
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