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This anthology of poetry for young children covers a variety of themes including school topics, life outside the classroom, humorous, thoughtful and useful poems for every more

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  • Hardback | 64 pages
  • 138 x 216 x 13mm | 210g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 0192760734
  • 9780192760739

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Forty-two poems, from a few lines to a couple of pages, about the British children and classroom experiences Wade knows as a teacher and lecturer in education. Wade is a true poet; his deftly chosen words cut to meaning's heart; their intriguing melodies contribute to sense as well as sound. Here are glimpses of cruelty - a child excluded from skipping rope tries to drown her tears in anger; portraits - "Jeremy Bates" (who "lives alone. . .all he's got is school") wins friends by his pranks; and poignant truths - "Sticks and stones may break my bones,/but words can also hurt me. . .Cuts and bruises now have healed;/it's words that I remember." Humor surfaces often, as does an ironical view of the classroom: e.g., "News," about a child who writes the same brief words each day on command while making up splendid stories of which the teacher knows nothing. The title image refers to chestnuts; "secret as imagination. . .nuggets for polishing. . .poems, varied/and irresistible. . ." And so these poems are. Somewhat more difficult than Livingston's There Was a Place (1988), these are better written and have a similar appeal. The British setting should not be a difficulty to students capable of reading them, except for "Code Shoulder," where letters represent words: "'L.O.' Z.I." (with "Z," of course, being pronounced "zed"). Good, realistic pen drawings. (Kirkus Reviews)show more