Forget-Me-Nots: Poems to Learn by Heart
Forget-Me-Nots: Poems to Learn by Heart
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Annotation: Present a new collection of poems, from both classic and contemporary poets, which are especially suited for learning by heart and reciting aloud.
Genre: Poetry
Catalog Number: #5150481
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
No other formats available
Common Core/STEAM: Common Core Common Core
Copyright Date: 2012
Edition Date: 2012
Illustrator: Emberley, Michael,
Pages: 143 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-316-12947-X
ISBN 13: 978-0-316-12947-3
Dewey: 811.008
LCCN: 2011025119
Dimensions: 29 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
ALA Booklist
For those who lament that young people are no longer taught to memorize poetry, here's a handsome compendium of verse well suited to that purpose and chosen with children in mind. The Children's Poet Laureate from 2008 to 2010, Hoberman chose 123 poems that are memorable in both senses of the word. They're "easy to remember" (though she concedes that the longer ones will take more time) and "worth remembering." In an appended section, she discusses an approach to learning poems by heart, making the process a game with a specific prize: owning the chosen poem and keeping it for a lifetime. The selection of verse is broad, representing 57 poets, including Alarcón, Belloc, de la Mare, Esbensen, Frost, Greenfield, Grimes, Hoberman, Lear, McCord, Milne, Sandburg, Silverstein, Stevenson, Tolkien, and Worth. Created using pencil, watercolors, and pastels, Emberley's appealing illustrations brighten every page of this large-format book. A handsome anthology of poems that children can learn by heart.
Horn Book
Hoberman has selected more than 120 poems that are good choices for memorization. Divided into eleven sections, the collection is a treasure trove of the familiar and the fresh. Emberley's watercolor, pastel, and pencil pictures both embellish and illustrate the poems. A wonderful gift book for poetry lovers, but even children who have never considered memorizing a poem will find much to love here. Ind.
Kirkus Reviews
Over 120 poems, with accompanying illustrations, selected to help young readers discover the pleasures of committing verse to memory. A good anthology, like a Whitman's Sampler, should sate an immediate desire for sweet connection with its subject while whetting the appetite for fuller indulgence later on. This collection, so full of promise given the combined talents of these longtime collaborators, falls short of that mark. Touted as a sampling of poems both " ‘easy to remember' and ‘worth remembering,' " it should present works that sit easily in the ear and/or prove memorable for their overall effect. While Hoberman does exhume a few gems from the vast corpus of British and American verse, and Emberley's vivid characters make the space surrounding the selected works visually appealing to younger readers, the marriage of word and image here is not always a happy one. For example, next to Dickinson's celebrated "I'm nobody! Who are you?" an overalls-clad, mouth-less boy looks quizzically at the close-lipped frog in his hands. Dickinson's "frog," who famously tells its "name the livelong day / To an admiring bog," is anything but silent. Moreover, the grouping of poems throughout--sometimes by form, others by content--seems arbitrary, ultimately making the collection's most memorable aspects Hoberman's introduction and concluding "suggestions for learning poetry by heart." An oversized, ambitious collection of verse that, in the end, proves sadly forgettable. (Poetry. 8-14)
School Library Journal
Gr 3&11;6&12; The creators of the popular "You Read to Me, I'll Read to You" series (Little, Brown) offer a collection of carefully chosen pieces that are ideal for memorization, which gives children a sense of ownership and ultimately fosters a love of poetry. The subjects and themes are as diverse as the people who wrote them; there are works by beloved poets from all across the spectrum, such as Nikki Giovanni, Shel Silverstein, Emily Dickinson, Langston Hughes, and dozens more. Categories include "Sad and Sorrowful," "Happiness Is," and "Strange and Mysterious." Hoberman introduces each section with a short paragraph outlining the types of poems found within, putting readers in the appropriate frame of mind and prompting critical thinking about what they are about to read. At the end of the book, she offers detailed tips about how to memorize a poem, which will assist children in not just reading and listening to the poem, but actually feeling it. She also discusses terms like couplets, assonance, and alliteration, thereby providing a quick but useful introduction to the structure of poetry. Emberley's signature watercolor, pencil, and pastel illustrations add a splash of understated cheer to the selections. A wonderful addition to any collection.&12; Rita Meade, Brooklyn Public Library, NY
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ALA Booklist (Sun Apr 01 00:00:00 CDT 2012)
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School Library Journal (Fri Jun 01 00:00:00 CDT 2012)
Wilson's Children's Catalog
Reading Level: 2.0
Interest Level: K-3

When you learn a poem by heart, it becomes a part of you. You know it in your mind, in your mouth, in your ears, in your whole body. And best of all, you know it forever.


From the creators of the bestselling You Read to Me, I'll Read to You series comes this new collection of poems especially suitable for learning by heart and saying aloud. With personal introductions by former Children's Poet Laureate Mary Ann Hoberman -- as well as her own time-tested tips and tools for memorization and recitation -- and vivid illustrations by Michael Emberley featuring his trademark wit and lively characters, Forget-Me-Nots includes more than 120 works from both classic and contemporary poets, from childhood favorites to lesser-known treasures.

This anthology will inspire a love of learning poetry!


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