Caroline Kennedy has chosen a rich variety of her family's favorite poems to include in this priceless collection. This book is sure to become a family favorite for years to come.
From her thoughtful introduction and words of encouragement to children to the carefully chosen poems, this volume is a treasure. In compiling the collection, Kennedy passes on her own family's tradition of creating a scrapbook of poems chosen by the children in lieu of gifts to their mother and grandparents. Divided by topic into seven sections, the collection is, indeed, a treasury of beloved poems written in a variety of styles by poets from many lands and generations, some more familiar than others, some unknown.
Kennedy shows great respect for children by choosing real poems and including first class children's poets Edward Lear, A.A. Milne, Robert Stevenson, and Walter de la Mare. She also includes Emily Dickinson's " 'Hope' is the thing with feathers," Thomas Hardy's "Snow in the Suburbs," Wordsworth's "Daffodils," Shakespeare's song for Ariel, William Blake's "The Tyger," Elizabeth Bishop's "The Fish," Marianne Moore's "A Jelly-Fish," Theodore Roethke's "The Sloth," and William Butler Yeats's "The Lake Isle of Innisfree," along with good jokes by the likes of Dylan Thomas and Sylvia Plath and even Wallace Stevens's "The Emperor of Ice-Cream."
This book is a gift for the adults who read it to or with children, as well as for the children. For all ages.