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Poetry for squildren

Posted: Fri Sep 30, 2011 10:56 am
by calico
I remember having a volume of Poetry for 8 year olds, or whatever, but there is some adult poetry that must be amazing for kids - I came across this, you can open the files up to hear him read:

http://www.johnsiddique.co.uk/kids/pages/index.htm


and the middle poem about making up your life out of paper is amazing, my kids are 5 and 7 and they go very quiet and a bit teary, harrr, never too young for the pain of poetry!
Any other recommendations?

Re: Poetry for squildren

Posted: Fri Sep 30, 2011 11:03 am
by Ros
Got to advertise this one, then:

How to Turn Your Teacher Purple! and Other Sizzling Science Poems

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Teacher-Purple- ... 8N30W4SZ0K

since they accepted a couple of mine...

But overall it's a good collection.

Ros

Re: Poetry for squildren

Posted: Fri Sep 30, 2011 11:10 am
by calico
Looks great. And were you writing for children on purpose, God what a question, do you know what I mean? I suppose I'm thinking can some poetry be not specifically for children but still appeal to them.

Re: Poetry for squildren

Posted: Fri Sep 30, 2011 4:25 pm
by k-j
calico wrote:I suppose I'm thinking can some poetry be not specifically for children but still appeal to them.
My kids love the Loch Ness Monster's Song.

Kubla Kahn is also a favourite. And of course The Emperor of Ice Cream. Those are the three "adult" poems requested most often on car journeys.

There's lots of kid-friendly stuff in the Poems on the Underground anthologies.

As for "kids'" poetry, this is brilliant, has all the classics and plenty of rarer birds too. Also much as I loathe the whole Kennedy mythology, I must also recommend this anthology for its range and great illustrations. Maybe not available in the yewkay.

And generally: the work of Spike Milligan, A.A. Milne ("James James Morrison Morrison Weatherby George Dupree..."), Kit Wright, Lewis Carroll, Ogden Nash is great because it's as much fun for adults as it is for kids. Milligan's Ning Nang Nong is a spontaneous favourite in our house.

For some reason people don't seem to think of Dr Seuss as "poetry" in the way that those other names are (perhaps because his poems are so bound up with his illustrations?), but he's a master of metre - I especially like his preference for anapestic tetrameter (read enough Seuss and you start talking that way) and the way he will go couplet, couplet, couplet, triplet - extending rhymes like that.

Hope some of these are useful.

EDIT: how could I forget Eliot's cats?

Re: Poetry for squildren

Posted: Fri Sep 30, 2011 7:08 pm
by Oskar
Try:- Michael Rosen, John Agard, Shel Silverstein, Allan Ahlberg, John Hegley (his poems about dogs and glasses), and Paul Lyalls – he’s visiting the school where I teach on Monday.

Michael Rosen


John Agard


Here's two from Shel Silverstein:

The Battle

Would you like to hear
Of the terrible night
When I bravely fought the--
No?
All right.


The Little Boy and the Old Man

Said the little boy, "Sometimes I drop my spoon."
Said the old man, "I do that too."
The little boy whispered, "I wet my pants."
"I do that too," laughed the little old man.
Said the little boy, "I often cry."
The old man nodded, "So do I."
"But worst of all," said the boy, "it seems
Grown-ups don't pay attention to me."
And he felt the warmth of a wrinkled old hand.
"I know what you mean," said the little old man.

Re: Poetry for squildren

Posted: Sat Oct 01, 2011 6:46 am
by calico
Ah I love that Old Man one.

Re: Poetry for squildren

Posted: Sat Oct 01, 2011 6:52 am
by k-j
I love Shel Silverstein's "Don't Bump the Glump" compendium of monster poems. Deemed officially too scary by a local preschool!

Re: Poetry for squildren

Posted: Sat Oct 01, 2011 7:09 am
by calico
Lots of recommendations to have a look at - thanks!

Re: Poetry for squildren

Posted: Sun Oct 02, 2011 1:58 pm
by Oskar
Charles Causley is also very good. As is this fellow -


Re: Poetry for squildren

Posted: Mon Oct 03, 2011 7:01 am
by calico
So good...they must love it in school when poets go in. We had Michael Rosen as Poet in Residence and they bought out a CD about rain. More poets in schools!