April is National Poetry Month here in Canada and other countries too. Celebrate this month by reading poems, writing your own, making books, and rejoicing in the wonderful gift of poetry.
This book features familiar authors whose imaginations and reading experiences make reading the poems fun and exciting. Words and rhyme are celebrated in the wonderful world of poetry. Children do not gravitate to poetry naturally so it is up to parents, teachers, family, friend etc. to expose them to the it. Author Jane Yolen, whose's imagination vivifies the reading experience as "Words/Nudge each other/like bumper cars/at the fair"..while Kristine O'Donnell celebrates the quiet side when she says, "If you have a book...this great new book to read/Who needs a window seat?" Bennett's appendix displays thumbnail biographies of each poet and his selections highlight examples of poetic language such as alliteration, onomatopoeia, simile and metaphor to name a few. All of the examples offer vivid word pictures to delight the mind in a way that only a book can.
Read on. Read poetry to your kids this month.