“Poetry speaks to children” by Elise Paschen

A collection of 95 poems by various poets printed in a beautiful hardback edition.  Texts range from classic artists such as Shakespeare and Emily Dickinson to more modern ones such as Roald Dahl.
It includes a CD on which contemporary poets read their poems contained in the book.

The selection has been carefully made and the texts all refer to situations or animals that children can relate to or understand. For instance the difficulty of having to choose between different types of ice-creams in James Stevenson’s “Which is the Best?” or the dentist too scared to attend a crocodile in Roald Dahl’s “The Dentist and the Crocodile”.
The illustrations are simple but effective, leaving the emphasis on the texts.

My 6-year-old listened to it with gusto, enjoying the rhymes. I have often asked her what the poem we read was about and she did get the gist of it. Poetry really does speak to children. :). She also enjoyed listening to the CD as she was playing quietly in her bedroom.
My 2-year-old listens quietly. I think she enjoys the melody of the rhymes and the fact that the texts are short.
As a mum, I love poetry for itself, the melody and the simplicity of the topics, putting poetry within reach of the child’s intellect. I read this book over breakfast (see my post on Reading to your child: 8 tips to find the time). It is the perfect book as the texts are short and fit that very short time slot.

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This book is available from Amazon  and BookDepository.


    1. I got an ol edition second-hand, but they have a more recent edition. The cover is slightly different, so don’t be surprised when you look it up 😉
      I think poetry would make a lovely initiation to the English language for children learning it as a second language. Brilliant idea Kikirime! )


      1. Ooops! Absolutely right, from Madrid says Wikipedia! lol. I browse so much information in my searches that I sometimes get confused. I’m afraid I don’t know of any other Spanish-language poet. If I come across any I’ll let you know. 🙂


      1. Recently got Carlos Reviejo’s “Lo queen dice el viento”. Very pretty rhymes and nice themes. My eldest enjoyed my husband reading them to her this morning. 🙂 As always, thank you so much for your great recommendations, Kikirime! 🙂


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