Friday, April 8, 2016

Read it in rhyme - poetry bookwraps today!

Ahhh... the power of a poem.  Rhyming words that penetrate deep into your heart and lift your spirits are on tap today.  Being National Poetry Month I am highlighting two poetry books for you to share with your little ones.  Enjoy!


A Great Big Cuddle - Poems for the Very Young

Authored by  Michael Rosen

Illustrated by Chris Riddell

Ages 3-7
Grade Level:  PS -2

Unwrapping praise for the book...

This collection of silly rhymes and poems is sure to please the prereading crowd…An excellent choice for prereaders and very young children, as well as anyone with a love for nursery rhymes
—School Library Journal (starred review)

Riddell’s fluid watercolor-and-pencil illustrations bring a grace to each poem, no matter what its subject, and he depicts many ethnicities of children…Despite (or perhaps because of) the odd bits, this book successfully celebrates the private, gleeful, imaginative world of toddlers.
—Kirkus Reviews

Nonsense words and jaunty rhymes pack the oversize pages of this beautifully illustrated collection of poems…Preschoolers probably won’t sit still for the entire collection at once, but individual selections are likely to get them moving to the lively beat.

As for A Great Big Cuddle, don’t be surprised if your copy of the book becomes the most tattered collection of poetry in your home. That’s okay. The most loved become the most well-worn.
—Kirkus Reviews

The oversized volume is beautifully designed and laid out, and at his best Rosen writes with echoes of great childhood poets such as Milne (as in the domestic simplicity of “Coming Home”) and Lear (in the nonsensical joys of “Once”).
—Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

About the book...

I encourage you to curl up and enjoy the playful poems that flow throughout this book from cover to cover.  This is the perfect book to share together and enjoy simple, childlike and fun poetry.  

This collection celebrates silliness and the carefree spirit of language.  "Wiggly Wiggly" pigs who get all "giggly giggly" and multicoloured monkeys with names like Dolly, Solly and Molly are sure to bring on the smiles.  

Riddell's illustrations bring the text to life and the poems frame a child's emotional range from being hungry and angry to being wiggly and giggly.  All in all there are thirty-six witty poems that will bring delight to little ears as they shared.  


My Village : Rhymes from Around the World

By Daniel Wright, Mique Moriuchi (Illustrator), Michael Rosen (Introduction)

About the book...

Poems teach children that language is imaginative and playful and reminds parents to listen and take pleasure in their carefree creativity.  Poetry is closer to baby talk than any other form of expression so parents can recapture the feeling of what it is to be immersed in language just as babies are.  

This book is living proof that nursery rhymes are found all around the world.  This collection includes rhymes and verses from 22 different countries:  New Zealand, China, Australia, Norway, Ireland, Tonga, Jamaica, Japan, Zimbabwe, Fiji, Indonesia, Denmark, Iran, Germany, Samoa, Switzerland, Russia, Brazil, France, Holland, Iceland, and India. 

This unique book features a poem presented in its original language as well as an English translation.  The illustrations are cut paper and textured paint. They are bright, colourful and cheerful. 

Kids will enjoy seeing the different languages included and teachers would be wise to include this book in their classroom or school library, especially if they have students from any of these countries.  This is a celebration of cultural diversity and children will be asking for re-reads again and again.  

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