Celebrating National Poetry Month with 3 Reviews!


In celebration of National Poetry Month, Once Upon a Twilight shared 3 poetry books with my son's 5th grade English Teacher and School Librarian. These books also came at a perfect time, My son had a poetry project to work on and we used these books as references to understand each types of poems he need to create. These books that will be discussed below are a great asset to have in any school library, classroom or at home for personal use.

Good Sports: Rhymes about Running, Jumping, Throwing, and More by Jack Prelutsky is a humorous and inspiring collection of athletic poetry. The illustrations are simple yet charming and easy to find yourself getting lost in. Kids and adults will find themselves smiling and laughing out loud as they read the poems of success, failure, and learn the lesson of never giving up at something you are passionate about. This is a great book for middle aged children and adults as well.

OUT OF THIS WORLD: POEMS AND FACTS ABOUT SPACE! by Amy Sklansky is an exciting and informative poetry adventure through outer space. As you read the poems you are provided fascinating facts about outer space and astronauts that will keep you on the edge of your seat looking forward to reading the next poem and craving to further your space knowledge. The illustrations are vibrant enough to allow the reader to feel as if they are on an out of this world journey. This is a great book to use in a classroom to introduce science concepts to reluctant readers. 

THE 20th CENTURY CHILDREN’S POETRY TREASURY by Jack Prelutsky is a new classic collection of the greatest poems. The poems are organized with a new topic on each page and are sure to keep you intrigued and reading them again and again. Emotions will range from laughter to inquisitiveness and beyond. The book has old favorites and new as well. The collection will be a classic that should be found in every home.

*The three reviews are courtesy of Mrs. Abby Friedenberg, 5th Grade Teacher in Texas. 

by Amy Sklansky; Illustrated by Stacey Schuett
A poetic exploration of space!
The mysteries of the universe and the science of space exploration are perennialy popular subjects, and Out of This World is a wonderful introduction. Amy Sklansky has written evocative poems about planets and stars and rockets and moon landings and satellites. Each poem is supported by additional facts and explanations in the margins. Stacey Schuett brings it all to life with color-soaked skies and beautiful perspectives in her fabulous paintings.

Alfred A. Knopf | 978-0-375-86459-9 | February 14, 2012 | $17.99/$19.99 Can. | Ages 5-9 | 40 pgs

GOOD SPORTS: Rhymes about Running, Jumping, Throwing, and More
by Jack Prelutsky; Illustrated by Chris Raschka
A grand slam collection by America's #1 rhyme master.
Exhilarating, all-new, kid-friendly verses capture the range of emotions from the thrill of winning, to the agony of losing, to the sheer joy of participating. Jack Prelutsky, America's first children's poet laureate and a virtuoso at making poetry fun for the elementary school crowd, includes in this collection poems about the popular sports that kids play—team sports, individual sports, and even backyard frisbee tossing. The bouncy rhymes beg to be read aloud and lend themselves to easy recitation. Caldecott Medal Winner Chris Raschka's stylized watercolors are a blaze of color and motion. An ALA-ALSC Notable Children's Book of 2007, this exuberant picture book proves that poetry can be as much fun as playing games!

Dragonfly Trade Paperback | 978-0-375-86558-9 | February 8, 2011 | $7.99/$8.99 Can. | Ages 6-9 | 40 pgs

by Jack Prelutsky; Illustrated by Meilo So
The quintessential beginners’ guide to poetry for children.
Here in one gloriously illustrated volume are 211 wonderful poems that represent the best this century has to offer. From sibling rivalry, school, monsters, food, and just plain silliness, to such ageless themes as the seasons, Who am I?, and the many moods of childhood, this is a collection that begs to be read aloud and shared with the whole family. The poems, from every decade of this century, showcase 137 famous poets.

Alfred A. Knopf | 978-0-679-89314-1 |September 28, 1999 | $19.95 $26.00 | Ages All | 96 pgs

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