#15: A Book of Poems

Julie Andrews’ Collection of Poems, Songs, and Lullabies

Selected by Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton

(This review is short and sweet–I’ll let the poems speak for themselves.)

This volume caught my eye one day when we were at the library. It is a collection of poems for children, which is the kind of poetry book I planned to read for this challenge. This one was a lovely accident. First of all, I enjoyed reading Julie Andrews’ introductions to each section; maybe her Mary Poppins and Maria Von Trapp characters aren’t too far from reality! Second, Andrews and Hamilton (her daughter) organized their chosen poems into sections that relate to everyone’s childhood: animals, funny things, the beach, bedtime. It’s helpful for those not poetry-minded as you already know what the poem is about before you read it. šŸ˜‰ I also love that song lyrics are printed as poems in this volume. What better way to foster a love of poetry than to show your children that they already love poems? Some of my favorite poems and poets, William Wordsworth and William Blake, are included, as well as classic children’s authors (A.A. Milne, Shel Silverstein), and (fittingly) lyrics from Rodgers and Hammerstein.

If you think you don’t like poetry, I would suggest giving this collection a try. At the very least, you can look at the pictures!

-KB

Amazon link/photo credit: http://www.amazon.com/Julie-Andrews-Collection-Poems-Lullabies/dp/0316040495/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1435024733&sr=1-1&keywords=julie+andrews+collection+of+poems+songs+and+lullabies

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