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Mr. Toad : and other poems

Mister Toad and other poems

Favorite poems
Title:
Mr. Toad : and other poems
Publisher Info:
New York : Gareth Stevens Publishing, 2015.
Physical Description:
40 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
Series:
Favorite poems
General Note:
Includes index.
Contents:
Mr. Toad / Shall I? / What does the bee do? / The bee's wedding / The seasons / The south wind / Pigeon's song / The quiet snow / Winter / Dandelion / The dandelion / The wind has such a rainy sound / Blow, wind, blow / Rain / The sea / I am his highness' dog / An autumn greeting / From No / November night / The duel / Moon, so round and yellow / From The stars / The donkey / Growing up / The robin / The snail / It / Riddle: I have only one foot / Escape at bedtime / Snow / Jack Frost / The wonderful world
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Summary

The great poet Alexander Pope was asked by a prince to write a poem for a dog's collar. He wrote just 15 words encapsulating a royal dog's entitlement--from the dog's perspective! In this volume of more than a dozen poems, readers learn that poems don't need to be serious. They are introduced to lighthearted wordplay and singsong rhyme schemes that are fun to repeat over and over. With entries from Christina Rosetti and William Shakespeare, among others, the writers included are some of the best, but the works offered are understandable and enjoyable for young readers.


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School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-5-This series anthologizes, sometimes in excerpted form, many famous and lesser-known poems (and a few works from plays, such as those by William Shakespeare), without any accompanying analytical text. Each text has a loose theme (Mr. Toad focuses on nature, while The Owl and the Pussycat emphasizes humorous poetry). Although many of these time-honored offerings will translate well to contemporary audiences, such as "The Owl and the Pussycat," others do not. A Christina Rossetti poem ("What Does the Bee Do?") declares that Father's role is to earn a living while Mother's task is to "Lay out the money," which may seem both sexist and linguistically confusing. Shakespeare's Macbeth also seems an odd choice, even in a condensed format, for a children's poetry book. Some art is stronger than others, with a few of the volumes containing a blend of different illustrators that clash in style. Certain titles feature a slanted font, which will be hard for young readers to decipher. VERDICT These books seem out of touch with current poetry tastes; weak art sinks the ship. © Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.