The Puffin Book of Fantastic First Poems.
Edited By : June Crebbin
Publisher : Puffin ( Aug.,) 2000
``The Puffin Book of Fantastic First Poems`` is a fantastic poetry book indeed. Over 100 delightful poems supported by lively and vivacious images are in this collection of Puffin poetry series. The book features some of the best work from over sixty favorite poets and some well known traditional poems. Spanning from Walter de la Mare to Michael Rosen, well categorized under themes of interest ;as Poems about games and playing,Animal Poems,Family Poems, Food poems, Fun and nonsense poems, Bedtime poems and more.Each section is illustrated by a different illustrator which gives the book an added diverse effect of seize.
This is an ideal read aloud to those little ones who are growing out of nursery rhymes and a brilliant collection to introduce poetry to them.
All of these poems are easy to grasp and fun to read together.There are many hilarious poems like My Grannies by June Crebbin and Goodness Gracious by Margart Mahy then some very interesting poems that any little foodie would love to read such as Sounds Good by Judith Nicholls and Toaster Time by Eve Merriam. Also included are some wonderful bedtime poems from Walter de la Mare`s Silver , Roger McGough`s Mrs Moon, Eleanor Farjeon`s Good Night and more.
sitting up in the sky
Little Old Lady
with a ball of fading light
and silvery needles
knitting the night``. - Mrs Moon - By: Roger McGough
And some absolutely amusing tongue-twisters are there to ensure they`ll have lots fun of along their readings;
Yan, tan, tether, mether, pimp.
Yan dick,tan dick, tether dick, mether dick, bumfit
Yan bumfit, tan bufit,tether bumfit,mether bumfit, gigot. - Yan,Tan,Tether (Cumbrian way of counting sheep)-By: Anon
Although the book is intended for 4 yeas and up, most of these poems could be read to smaller ones as well, as there are number of short poems in this collection that my youngest one,who`s below four, loves to listen, his favorite one being
`` I`m taking the train to Ricketywick.
Clickety clickety clack.
I`m sat in my seat
with a sandwich to eat
as I travel the trickety track.``.......- Rickety Train Ride- By Tony Mitton
Subjects of these poems being very much child oriented, simple with rhythmic effects,funny phrases, repetitions and tongue-twisters along with all those funny images, these poems surely will capture their hearts.