Poetry for Beginning Readers
Touching, joyful, evocative, and beautifully illustrated by Eve Garnett, these 64 poems perfectly capture a child's wonder, imagination, and fascination with everyday things.
Powerful and soulful first-person poems are presented in the voices of the residents who make up the legendary New York City neighborhood, from teachers to jazz artists to nannies, capturing the energy and resilience of a neighborhood and a people.
Sixteen poems tell of love and the simple joys of everyday life, seen through the eyes of a child: playing with a friend, skipping rope, riding on a train, or keeping Mama company till Daddy gets back.
It was missing a piece.
And it was not happy.
So it set off in search
Of its missing piece.
And as it rolled
it sang this song:
"Oh I'm lookin' for my missin' piece
I'm lookin' for my missin' piece
Hi-dee-ho, here I go,
Lookin' for my missin' piece."
Write about a radish
Too many people write about the moon.
The night is black
The stars are small and high
The clock unwinds its ever-ticking tune
Hills gleam dimly
Distant nighthawks cry.
A radish rises in the waiting sky.
There's a new kid on the block,
and boy, that kid is tough,
that new kid punches hard,
that new kid plays real rough,
that new kid's big and strong,
with muscles everywhere,
that new kid tweaked my arm,
that new kid pulled my hair.
Are you brave enough to be your true self? Ikarus Jackson is. But it isn't always easy. The people in his neighborhood point at his wings. The kids at school laugh. The teachers call him a distraction. One girl identifies with him, but she is too shy to speak up.
"Thirty-five imaginative and humorous poems for an adult and a child to read aloud together... The entertaining verses are varied as to length, rhythm, and subject and are illustrated with harmoniously amusing drawings". — Booklist