After the continuation of searching for some younger books to review I stumbled across a book titled ‘101 Poems for Children’.
If you are ever looking for a little bit of light hearted poetry, I would more than happily recommend this little collection, or should I say a quite a large collection of 101 poems, by Carol Ann Duffy.
The title of this book may be indicate a book strictly for children, but with the works of Shakespeare and many other successful authors or poets inside, I believe it is a valuable book for any age to read! The foreword in particular captured my attention, where the reader is given a little bit of wisdom by Carol Ann Duffy, in which she quotes: “…you’ll find many poems here- funny, sad, mysterious or familiar- that will remain with you as you grow.”
Furthermore, a section or piece of the book that may attract the attention of younger children is the striking yet witty illustrations, which fill the pages with enthusiasm and happiness.
Whilst some of the poems cover issues such as: death, loss and upset, you simply have to turn the page and be greeted by a series of light hearted and humorous poems, and even some classics such as: ‘There was an old Lady’ or the tales of the Jabberwocky’. This is what makes the book its own and it is able to skip from one genre to another, at the same time as fitting together perfectly.
The book itself as previously mentioned has a good selection of poems, both suitable for older and younger children and maybe those even older! A great read!
“…I’ve tried to put together a poetry book that children can live with for a long time- some poems here are lying in wait of future years.”