Favorite Poems, Old and New: Selected for Boys and Girls

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Helen Josephine Ferris
Doubleday, 1957 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 598 pages
"Children are poets before they grow up and they should live with poems. I hope this book will encourage them to do so."--Eleanor Roosevelt

Beloved and treasured for over 60 years, here is the only poetry collection your family needs--brimming with favorite, classic poems carefully selected to inspire young readers.

Over 700 classic and modern poems written by poets from William Shakespeare to J. R. R. Tolkien, Emily Dickinson to Langston Hughes, and covering a range of favorite topics--pets, playtime, family, nature, and nonsense--ensure that there's a poem to please every child. A truly comprehensive collection that is the ideal way of introducing children to the joys of reading poetry.

"If your children think they don't like poetry, expose them to this collection . . . and I defy them to resist its magic."--Kirkus

"A fine book for parents to read aloud to their children."--Library Journal

"This volume stands out for the comprehensiveness of its selection."--The Horn Book

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User Review  - DebraParmley - LibraryThing

I have a much used 1957 copy of this book which my grandmother used to read to me before I was in school. It's a wonderful selection of poems I have loved since I was a child. Some of these poems I still go back and read today. Many of them I memorized as a child and still remember. Read full review

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User Review  - Kim Casey - Christianbook.com

Found this jewel through SonLight curriculum. I've never cared for poetry, but I really enjoy this book. If I didn't have the book my kids would barely hear any. Some of the poems about landscapes ... Read full review


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About the author (1957)

Leonard Weisgard (1916-2000) was a beloved and award-winning illustrator of more than 200 children's books, perhaps best known for his collaboration with the author Margaret Wise Brown. His books include The Little Island (for which he won the Caldecott Medal in 1947), The Golden Egg Book, and The Golden Bunny.

Helen Ferris (1890-1969) edited numerous books for young readers and was editor-in-chief of the Junior Literary Guild from 1929-1959.

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