The Random House Book of Poetry for Children Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-10-05 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 99 user ratings

"This anthology of poetry contains 572 poems. The poems are grouped into lose chapters about nature, animals, being a child, home, etc. The poems are short and quick, which makes them friendly to children. I think the page layout makes them less approachable. Having so many on one page may overwhelm some people. I like the small illustrations throughout the page, but I don’t understand why some are in color, while others are not. I think that hurts the flow of the page. The poems themselves are okay. Some were very funny or heartwarming, but I felt as though they were a little too dated at times. They used some very old vernacular.
Overall, I think this book is more appropriate for teachers. I don’t think this is a book that many children will choose to pick up and read on their own. I feel this book would be useful for a teacher to keep in their classroom library. It would be a great resource for examples of poetry. Students could also look through it to find inspiration. I would teach some of the poems, but not the anthology. I would use it with the elementary grades.
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"The Random House Book of Poetry
Selected by Jack Prelutsky
Illustrated by Arnold Lobel
This book has a collection of 572 poems; I did not read them all but the book contains poetry for everyone to enjoy. Some of the poems I liked and others not so much. I think this is the overall idea though with so many poems collected in one book it makes it easy for a child to be introduced to an eclectic array of poetry.
Hurt no Living Thing by Christina Rossetti, I really enjoyed this is an attribute I also try to instill in my children as well as my students I have the joy of educating each day.
I saw a little Girl I Hate by Arnold Spilka, is perfect! I laughed out loud! In just 6 lines of text the author explains so much of life and how it works at a young age.
I enjoyed the illustrations throughout the book, and was duly impressed with the absence of color in some and the contrasting use of color in others. This is a great collection of poetry that everyone can enjoy, and explore the art of poetry for many years to come.
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"This big house book of poetry contains classic poetry from Emily Dickinson, Langston Hughes and even some from Robert Frost. This poetry book is perfect for every occasion. This book talks about creatures and living things, nature and children as well as seasons. This book of poetry will have something for everyone; this holistic view of poetry has all forms of poetry, colorful illustrations and is filled to the brim with poems. This poetry book is just that, a book filled with emotion that the authors express through short poems that convey messages about the different walks of life. This compilation has organizational traits because each poem is placed careful, chosen by the content of each poem carefully selected for little ears. This book’s author carefully selected a wide variety of poems, sorted them into categories and then slid them into the perfect place on the page encompassed by illustrations.

A great mentor text would be one of the various works from Shel Silverstein, who writes poetry very similar to these and has the same type of graphics.
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"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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