Monday, November 26, 2012

Magic Monday - The Magic of Poetry

Read-Aloud Poems - This book is a collection of beautiful poems for children of all ages. The selection is wonderful and includes a wide range of poems and verses –some well known and others not so well known. They are divided into sections like ‘Just Me’, ’Laughing Lyrics’, ’Poems That Tell Stories’, and more. The book  also includes brief notes with interesting facts about the poet and sometimes the poem.
I have read the story of the Pied Piper many a time but never realized till now that it was actually a poem written by Robert Browning.
I enjoyed all the poems in the book-all are beautifully written, some made me laugh, others made me think, and all of them left me in awe of the wonders of words.
The illustrations accompanying the poems in this book are by themselves to be enjoyed and treasured. They were specifically requested artwork for this book. The book includes a childhood favorite of mine ’The Owl and the Pussycat’ (thank you to my English teacher for making us learn this poem by heart).
I now have quite a few new favorites – too many to include all here but I have one of the poems here:
Just Me  -          By Margaret Hillert

Nobody sees what I can see,
For back of my eyes there is only me.
And nobody knows how my thoughts begin,
For there's only myself inside my skin.
Isn't is strange how everyone owns
Just enough skin to cover his bones?
My father's would be too big to fit-
I'd be all wrinkled inside of it.
And my baby brother's is much too small-
It just wouldn't cover me up at all.
But I feel just right in the skin I wear,
And there's nobody like me anywhere.

This book is definitely a great book to read-aloud with your children and to introduce them to the wonders of language and beautiful writing. 

You can have a preview of this book here.

Rating: A (for the selection of poems as well as the beautiful accompanying artwork)
Reread factor:5/5
Reading level: 4 and up

Disclaimer:Thank you to NetGalley for sending me a digital review copy of all this book reviewed today. I was not compensated for my review. My thoughts on this book was in no way influenced by the author or publicist. They are my personal opinions formed when I read the book.

This week at Musing Mondays over at Should Be Reading, the question asked is:

Have you ever read a book after watching the movie/television version only to find that you don’t like the book as much as the adaptation?
My answer: An absolute no! I have had many instances where I have seen a movie (for example: To Kill a Mockingbird) or TV show (Pretty Little Liars for instance) before I read the book. In these cases, when I realized that it was based on a book, I immediately wanted to read the book(s). I did read 'To Kill a Mockingbird' and loved it a lot (the movie is on par with the book because of Gregory Peck!). I have to yet read the 'Pretty Little Liars' book series as I only recently started watching the TV show. 

Almost always, I try to read the book before the movie though I have failed a few times but the book is always best, for me. Our minds, our imaginations lend so much more to the book than any movie can.

This is my first time participating in Musing Mondays and I plan to going forward!
And to win a copy of a magical book reviewed earlier on blog as well as a cookbook I reviewed, just click on the links for the giveaways on the right.


  1. have to agree that the book is almost better, often way better, than the movie.
    How TKaMB is one time where they are almost equal..and yes, Peck is one reason,

  2. Sounds like a great read, as verses are always a delight to my feed.

    1. thanks Pat, love to read the verses you write anyday

  3. I can't think of any books I read after seeing the movie!

  4. very cool book...i read shel silverstein to my boys...but i am always looking for something new to expose them to poetry...

    1. thanks Brian.. for your visits and comments always.. I love Shel Silverstein too and we have bookmarked the books till the pages are falling apart there...


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