The Random House Book of Poetry for Children Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-05-03 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 99 user ratings

"This book was really fun to read. I didn't get through all of the 572 poems but I would consider purchasing it for my future classroom. The poems have different themes and that's how they are grouped. Some of the poems are really easy to understand but I think that others would need further clarification for children, since some of the poems have older language. The poems are written by different authors, which I also liked because it exposes students to different types of poem structures. I like the layout of the book there are multiple poems on a page that have to do with the same theme. Some poems are long while others are quite short. I liked this variety because it allows students to read different poems and they don't have to search the entire book for a short poem or a long one. One of my favorite poems was about the seasons. The poem described every season and on the previous page there was a picture with different scenes from every season. The pictures are also good there are some in color and others are black and white. Over all, this book was great and has a wonderful variety of poems for every student. " said.

"This was a big book, so unfortunately I didn't get a chance to read all of the poems, but from what I read and all of the different sections, I found this book to be pretty enjoyable. It is set up in such a way that a group of poems fall under a category and then like poems are then lumped together either on the same page or on two pages that are next to each other. Also I really liked the illustrations done by Arnold Lobel, it doesn't say what the element of design is, but whatever he uses is dark in color but somehow gives life to the words. That really draws you into first the picture and then the poem to find out what the picture is about.

For the classroom this could be a good book to pull out whenever there is a certain lesson to be taught that day, for example George Washington, all you have to do is find Washington's name in the table on content and go to page 39 and you have a poem to kick start the lesson. Its vocabulary use varies depending on the author, but overall I would say that it has a couple of words in a group of poems that would stretch a child's vocabulary. Most of the poems don't go out side the style of rhyming in poetry, so if you wanted to teach a different style this book, might not be the best example.
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"I read a poem called My mouth by Arnold Adoff. This poem tells of always being hungry. It is a silly poem where he has random symmetry for the lines of the poem and says "food come in."

I also read "Girls can too" by Lee Bennet Hopkins. This is about a boy that brags about what boys can do. It is a fun poem about girl power and tells how the girl steals the boys baseball cards.

I also read "Ground Hog Day" by Lilian Moore. This book explains ground hog day and would be an excellent book to teach kids that when the ground hog sees the shadow there are six more weeks of winter.

"Train Song" by Diane Siebert: this book tells of trains and where they go. It would be a great poem to teach children all about trains.

"In the Motel" by X. J. Kennedy: THis tells of all the noises the kids make and trouble that they can get into while they are on vacation.

"Pie Problem" by Shel Silverstein: A silly poem that tells how he would die if he ate one more piece of pie so he eats the pie. I love Silverstein!

Valerie Worth: 1-2 line stanzans. Poem tells of crickets that talk in the grass all summer.

"Grandpa Bear's Lulluby" by Jane Yolen: tells of bears in hibernation. It would be a great way to teach about this.
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"The Random House Book of Poetry for Children

Grades K-4

This is an incredible book that contains a wide variety of poems by a diversity of poets. Arnold Lobel’s illustrations lack color, often heavily penciled and shade, color used looks dull and flat. Lobel uses rounded soft lines in cartoon illustrations of everything from food, people, animals, places and mythological creatures such as dragons. Jack Prelutsky has put together a very impressive comprehensive anthology containing over 500 poems, which would make this book enjoyable for a wide range of age groups. There are so many different styles and themes of poems to chose from. Some of the poems featured include rhyme while others are in free verse, and there are poems that use alliteration, assonance, consonance, metaphors so this book would rank high on child appeal because children would enjoy the different styles of poems and learn what kind of poems appeal most to them.

Grades K-4
Language Arts/Science/Social Studies/Art
Teachers can use poems based on themes such as nature, people, food, or places to use as part of lessons in science or geography. Students can choose a few poems that use metaphors and draw or paint the image created by the metaphor.
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"This collection of 572 poems, selected by Jack Prelutzky and illustrated by Caldecott winner Arnold Lobel, has been recognized as a modern classic since its publication in 1983; an unparalled resource of fine children's poems organized into 14 broad categories such as Alphabet Stew and The Land of Potpourri. The collection is also indexed by titles, first lines, authors, and subject. This is an indispensible resource of fine poetry and should be found in every teacher's collection.

If I only had one book of poetry for chldren, this would be it. This is my "go to" source when I am looking for a poem to introduce a theme, enrich curriculum, celebrate a holiday, etc.I read poetry to my students every day as I believe students derive enormous benefit from reading and listening to all kinds of poetry, and engaging in the process of writing poetry. I believe that reading and writing poetry will inform their writing in other genres, give them authentic reasons for expanding their vocabularies, develop an appreciation for well crafted lyrical language while searching for a personal literary voice, and will occasionally allow students to escape the demands of conventions. So if you are looking for a good poem with which to inspire the above behaviors, this valuable anthology is the place to start.
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"The Random House Book of Poetry is intended for students in grades K-5 and is considered a modern classic. Included in this anthology are over 500 poems that are divided into many broad subject areas like nature, seasons, living things, and home, among others as selected by poet Jack Prelutsky. Within the anthology are poems written by Emily Dickinson, Robert Louis Stevenson, Robert Frost, Langston Hughes, Nikki Giovanni, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Lewis Carroll, among others. Playground chants, anonymous rhymes, scary poems, silly verse, and even some sad poems are represented and carefully indexed by title, author, first line, and subject. Colorful illustrations are also present throughout the anthology.

This anthology collection gives children a taste of exceptional writing of several poets as it spans over several decades. In this anthology, children are exposed to poems in a variety of categories written by classic and newer poets alike. The poems tend to be silly, playful, and encompass a variety of topics, which will appeal to young readers. There are also illustrations on every page which bring the poems to life. This anthology would be best used in the classroom for choral reading, readers’ theatre, and performance theatre. This poetry collection is varied, upbeat, and complete, and is sure to be a hit for poetry lovers in home, school, and library settings.

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"1. Book Information:
Author: Multiple – Anthology (Compiled by Jack Prelutsky)
Illustrator: Arnold Lobel
Title: The Random House Book of Poetry for Children
Publisher: Random House
Copyright date: 1983
Number of pages: 248
Grades: Kindergarten – 5th
Where you identified the author: Follett Titlewave – Starred on Booklist

2. Book Annotation: An introductory collection of poems for children, most of which are about animals, nature, growing up, and other fun aspects of childhood.
3. Literary Category: Anthology
4. Reading Notes: I think I’m partial to this book because my parents used it when I was little to introduce me to poetry. Children are frequently exposed to heavily-illustrated fiction and classic fables, but an introduction to poetry gives children awareness that language can be crafted and words are an art. Children also identify easily with these poems, because the content of the poems is about things children understand: animals, nature, seasons, insects, friendships, summertime, etc. The illustrations in this book aren’t excellent, but I still think the content of the poems makes the book worth the purchase.
5. Characters: This question is difficult for poetry as all characters aren’t named…almost all poems in this collection have an unidentified narrator.
6. Related Books: I also looked at Poetry for Young People: Robert Frost (Edited by Gary D. Schmidt), but I don’t think children would be as interested in that collection as the poems in The Random House Book of Poetry for Children.
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"The Random House Book of Poetry is a large book full of many different poems for children. Even though this book was very large, it had many good poems that are very relatable for children of all ages. I think this book is one of the best poetry books I have found because not only does it have hundreds of poems, but there are many different categories of poems. The Random House Book of Poetry ranges from body parts to many different animals. In the Random House Book of Poetry, I was able to read the poem "My Mouth" by Arnold Adoff but I was also able to read the poem "Kitty Caught a Caterpillar". When students are young, they are only going to read things that they are interested in, so it is important for poetry books to have a lot of different types of poems to be able to be successful books. Since this book has so many different types of poems, it is a very good poetry book to have in the classroom because all of the students will be able to find at least one poem they are interested in. This book is also very child friendly and I did not see any poems that at least one child would not find interesting. My favorite poem that I read in The Random House Book of Poetry for Children would be "My Mouth" by Arnold Adoff. I found this poem very interesting because of the way the poem is written. The words are all lower case and there are only a couple of words on each line. I think this helps keep the children focused and involved while reading the poem. It also makes it more child friendly because it looks like a poem that any child could read or write. It does not have a complex story line or theme. It is very simple to understand and read.
Overall, I gave this book three stars out of five. I think it is a perfect children's poetry book and a lot of children would enjoy reading it. I think its an easy read. One reason I gave the book three stars is because poetry isn't my favorite topic, so I don't enjoy reading hundreds of poems. Lastly, since there are so many poems, some students might feel overwhelmed and they won't search through the book to find poems that they will enjoy. I think this book would be good for many different classrooms at many different grade levels.
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