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Michael Rosen is one of the most popular contemporary poets and authors of books for children. He regularly appears on radio, and in 1997 received the Eleanor Farjeon Award for services to children's literature. He lives in London. Paul Howard is an illustrator whose books include The Bravest Ever Bear (9780744578645) by Allan Ahlberg, winner of a Blue Peter Book Award, Full, Full, Full of Love (9781844287826) by Trish Cooke and Grandma's Bears (9781844285617) by Gina Wilson. He lives in Belfast.

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Gr 5 Up-Thirty-eight poets, from Shakespeare to Judith Wright, are represented in this handsome, chronological collection. Rosen's introduction defines classic poetry very broadly as "poems that have lasted for many years...many people have thought these poems say important things in an exciting and memorable way." Coleridge, Byron, Shelley, and Yeats keep company with Ella Wheeler Wilcox and Australia's Banjo Paterson ("Waltzing Matilda" and "Mulga Bill's Bicycle"). Several selections are by poets who are traditionally included in anthologies for children-Robert Louis Stevenson, Edward Lear, Lewis Carroll, Walter de la Mare. Most of the pieces, however, will be most comprehensible to young adult and adult readers. A generous table of contents offers a complete overview of the anthology with small portraits and titles of the poems for each entry. Entries for each poet include a small portrait heading a sidebar of biographical information and soft paintings of variable size facing one to four poems. There are concluding notes for some of the poems, a page of definitions of poetry terms, and a title and first-line index. Somewhat eclectic in its selection, this collection is an inviting, durable introduction to a broad range of poetry.-Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

Thirty-eight poets, from Shakespeare to Judith Wright, are represented in this handsome, chronological collection. . . eclectic in its selection, this collection is an inviting, durable introduction to a broad range of poetry. * School Library Journal *
A remarkable range of illustrations--evocative, humorous, strikingly graphic--accompanies favorite poems. * Publishers Weekly *
This handsome edition introduces major poets through works accessible to young people . . . few anthologies for this age group include such a fine selection of works from beyond the childhood classics, introduce the poets so vividly, or provide such a rich collection of haunting illustrations. * Booklist *

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