The Barefoot Book of Classic Poems
This sumptuous anthology of poetry is a necessary addition to every collection!
The 74 poems in this exquisite collection trace our journey through life from birth to old age. Along the way, the works of some of the finest poets in the English language celebrate all kinds of human experience: the wide-eyed wonder and adventure of childhood, the magnificence of the natural world and the animal kingdom, the mystery of love and the tragedy of war.
Each page is superbly illustrated by Jackie Morris, making it a feast for the eyes as well as the ears.
The Barefoot Book of Classic Poems contains the following poems:
National Parenting Press Gold Award Winner
"An appealing assortment of 74 classic poems that touch on childhood, animals and the natural world, love, war, and the stages of life. Overall, this is a sumptuously packaged collection, with many large, double-paged illustrations. Morris’s watercolors on hot-pressed paper are romantic and spirited… its attractive design brings a fresh perspective to these poems and makes them accessible to a wide range of readers." — School Library Journal
"Stately figures and scenes in luminous colors provide rich backdrops for 74 English poems selected as much for their sonorous language as for their familiarity. Morris arranges her choices in, by and large, organic order… animals put in appearances too, from Blake’s Tyger to Milne’s “Furry Bear.” Extending even to the endpapers, the flood of words and images in this sumptuous volume creates an uplifting experience for the eye and ear both. An ideal collection to give or share." — Kirkus Reviews
"This handsome volume would be a strong complement to other books of poetry available for children now, like Jack Prelutsky’s humorous anthologies. These are the poems someone may have read to parents, from writers such as Eleanor Farjeon, W.B. Yeats, W.H. Auden, Lewis Carroll and Dylan Thomas, for example, elegantly arranged and illustrated. Imagine seeing “Fern Hill” against a landscape of the “fields of praise” and the “lamb white days.”" — The Chicago Tribune
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