Off by Heart: Poems for Children to Learn and Remember

Off by Heart: Poems for Children to Learn and Remember


By (author) Roger Stevens

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  • Publisher: A & C Black Publishers Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 112 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 194mm x 10mm | 80g
  • Publication date: 6 June 2013
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1408192942
  • ISBN 13: 9781408192948
  • Illustrations note: 10 mono
  • Sales rank: 135,299

Product description

A wonderful collection of poems that are easy to remember and perfect to recite out loud. New, modern and classic poems, ranging from very short to long. The book also includes tips for readers, teachers and parents on how to memorise poems and on performing them out loud. Perfect for the memorising and performance elements in the new primary National Curriculum. Aimed at readers aged 5+

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Author information

Roger Stevens is a performance poet, author, musician and artist. His poems have appeared in more than one hundred anthologies. Roger performs his poetry in schools, libraries and festivals and runs creative writing workshops for young and old. Roger founded the award-winning Poetry Zone website, which offers young people the chance to publish their poetry on the web and features interviews with well-known writers.

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This is an unusual approach to a collection of poems and one that will make the book very popular with teachers. All have interesting themes and many are funny. Stevens stresses in his tips sections that, above all, to be motivated to learn the poems and to put them across, the children need to like and understand what they are reading. There should be no difficulty with that. "If you don't like a poem," says Roger Stevens in a useful section for teachers and parents at the back of this book "why would you want to remember it?" This book is a very good start for any teacher unsure of how to implement Government advice about learning poems by heart. Armadillo Magazine The poetry collection, with its...careful selection of appropriate poems, should appeal to child readers...a useful addition to primary school library shelves. The School Librarian Roger Stevens does it again with another engaging and enjoyable poetry book...with fun always to the fore. Primary Teacher Update