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“April Rain Song
“"The 20th Century Children’s Poetry Treasury" by Jack Prelutsky. Published in 1999 by Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
1. Awards this book has won: None
2. Appropriate grade level(s): This book is appropriate for children from kindergarten to 2nd grade.
3. Summary:"The 20th Century Children’s Poetry Treasury" by Jack Prelutsky, is a great collection of poems that are short and easy to understand. The illustrations are charming and strikingly bright. Each page has several poems and themes that vary from actions to objects.
4. Review: I had to read this book for a children's poetry class and I loved it. Every page is filled with poems that are fun and easy to understand. The only problem I see is that the book it is big and not great to maneuver for a young child. This would be a great addition to the classroom because of its great variety and poem length.
5. Uses in the classroom:
1. Think/pair/share: infer the theme of the poem without showing them the title.
2. Draw scenes from the poem
3. Class choral reading or reading aloud
4. Rhyme and alliteration
““The 20th Century Children’s Poetry Treasury” by Jack Prelutsky; published by Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.; New York; copyright 1999
1. Awards the book has received: This book hasn’t received any awards.
2. Appropriate grade level(s): This book is appropriate for preschool through second grade.
3. Summary: This book is a collection of poems from all different authors that Jack Prelutsky believed to be some of the best poems of the 20th century. One poem is titled “Learning” and is about all the things that children have to learn like saying please and thank you or using a tissue when you sneeze instead of wiping it on your sweater. The poem ends by claiming it’s “much easier to be a slob.” Another poem titled “August” personifies the month and talks about how hot it is during that time. Another poem talks about how much the author loves chocolate. The last two pages consist of 5 poems about reading. The last one talks about the significance of reading and how you need to be able to read to do so many things in your life.
Review: I think that this was a really great collection of poems. There must be hundreds of poems to choose from. I like that it’s a big collection of poems because there’s a nice variety since there are different authors. My favorite poems are probably the last 5. I think that it’s important to stress to children how important reading is because at their age, they might not understand it yet. Allowing children to become more comfortable with the library, books, and just reading in general is very important at a young age. I think the illustrations are simply executed and not too overbearing for the children. One thing I didn’t like about the book was how squished all the pages felt. I think there were too many poems on each page and between the poems and the illustrations, the pages seemed crowded. However, I think there are a lot of good poems in there that the children would enjoy.
4. Uses in the classroom:
-Read the poems as a class or individually, depending on the age level.
-Pick a poem that you really enjoy or can relate to and memorize it to share in front of the class.
-Draw a picture describing your favorite poem in the book.
-Discuss different types of poems.
-Discuss different words that rhyme and make short poems using rhyming words.”
“April Rain Song
by Langston Hughes (pg. 29)
Summary: The author tells the reader to let the rain fall above your head, sing and kiss you. It goes on with what the rain creates and ends with the author saying he loves the rain.
Review: This easy to follow poem can cause the reader to create imagery in their head while reading and use their schema to relate how the author is feeling.
uses in a classroom: lesson on Spring. Explain what happens during these months. Ask children what happens when it rains before sharing the poem.
by Charlotte Zolotow (pg. 66)
Summary: As the summer is growing old and the fall is arriving, the environment is changing. Vocabulary tearms are given to suport the change in the environment.
Review: The vocabulary chosen in this poem to describe the changes are excellent, they create the reader to visualize the image of autumn.
Grades: pre-k - 2
uses in a classroom: this poem is useful to describe the changes from summer to autumn. Children can create a compare and contrast venn diagram from their own knowledge after reading this poem.
At the Library
by Nikki Grimes (pg.86)
Summary: As a girl begins flipping the pages of book, she discovers the adventures on each page. As she continues to flip the pages, she discover a world of fantasy where children can fly and trees can talk and then on one page she recognizes a character that reminds her of herself.
Review: This creative poem allows its readers to make connections with the literature they read. Using their schema they can relate to person, place or thing in literature.
Uses in a classroom: emphasis the importance of literature, have children compare themselves to a character in a book that has reminded them of themselves and why?
by Dennis Lee (Pg. 75)
Summary: The author emphasis how much he loves his alligator pie, stew and soup.
If he doesn't get some, he explains what he'll do and offers to give away other item but not his alligator pie, stew or soup.
Review: The repition and rhyming in this poem catches the readers attention making it easier to read.
Uses in a classroom: to identify constant sounds, after writing them out on a white sheet ask the class for other words that rhyme.
“Poetry. I read to a preschool classroom. I brought this in to read to the class and they loved it. I started out with just three kids and my group grew to 6 or 7. The loved the poem and I would let them take turns picking one for me to read. The laughed to much the teacher came over to see what we were doing. When I was done reading while I was in the classroom I heard kids trying to make poems and rhyme words during their free time. A great book to introduce poems. ”Pamela wrote this review Monday, April 18, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is a nice book for teaching and encouraging children to read poetry. It has many different types of poems. They are for children and written in a way that is appealing to them. They can comprehend the text well. I would recommend this for introducing poetry to children.”Ashley L wrote this review Friday, April 10, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Great book of poetry, this book would be ideal in teaching different types of poetry. Also, it has a wide variety of different kinds, but would be easy to pick and choose just a couple to read to younger children. ”Megan B wrote this review Monday, April 6, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No