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As a word lover, I hope my son inherits my affection for books and writing. I secretly hope the pull of a good story or the rhythm of a poem will one day keep him awake past his bedtime, his flashlight propping up the covers as he turns page after page. (I will turn the other way when I walk past his room and see the glowing sheets.)
And so, I am always looking, trying to find books that appeal to my son’s adventurous spirit. He is a true boy – he emerged from the womb dripping with testosterone and ready to tackle the world. To engage his interest, a story must have action and suspense – preferably with plenty of battles, good guys and dragons. And it really scores with Jackson if the pages are full of vivid pictures, stepping stones for his imagination.
When I first thumbed through the pages of Poetry Speaks to Children, I shivered. Not only did I know that it would be a perfect launching pad for my son to delve into poetry, but I greedily poured over it myself. Reading these poems to Jackson would be even more of a treat for me. (A luxury I need when bedtime rolls around and the stack of various knight books awaits me.)
And I was right – Jackson was enchanted as we first walked through the book, his ears perked by the cadence, his imagination intrigued by the imagery, his eyes delighted by the colorful illustrations.
Poetry Speaks to Children is an indulgence for anyone to enjoy – parent or child, teacher or student. And not only is this wonderful collection put together in a beautiful book, but we get to hear 50 of the 95 poems read by their authors on the included audio CD.
If you are looking for a stimulating book for your children or a gift that will excite both parent and child, consider Poetry Speaks to Children. This New York Times Bestseller is a perfect addition to your home library and a must for your homeschooling shelf.
And then get ready to enjoy some of the best poetry available, served up in a deliciously appealing format.
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