Your bookshelf: Poetry
23 June 2008Add to My Folder
Celebrate the power of words with the 2008 Children’s Laureate, Michael Rosen’s, selection of poetry books
Red, Cherry Red by Jackie Kay, illustrated by Rob Ryan (Bloomsbury, £6.99 PB)
Suitable for: boys; girls; older readers; reluctant readers; more able readers; read aloud.
What a delight to have another collection from Jackie Kay. It’s hard to find poems by women who talk to children about their childhood with seriousness and tenderness. When she says ‘I’, it really feels like ‘I’. Many of these poems are musical and suggestive, weaving mini myths as they unfold: ‘The moon was married last night/and nobody saw…’ The book is also daring: it deals with love and kissing as nice and important stuff. A CD is included. (As some of the poems deal with more adult themes, Bloomsbury cite this book as suitable for children aged 12+.)
The Carnival of the Animals: Poems Inspired by Saint-Saëns’ Music, illustrated by Satoshi Kitamura (Walker, £6.99 PB)