Great Illustrated Books

Here's A Little Poem: A Very First Book of Poetry

By Jane Yolen and Andrew Fusek Peters, Illustrated by Polly Dunbar

Candlewick, 2007
Pages : 112
Suggested Ages: 0-7
ISBN: 9780763631413

This gathering of more than 60 poems from the U.S., Great Britain, the Caribbean, and Australia into one big luscious book is just the ticket for little ones. The poems are as simple and chantable as nursery rhymes, like Aileen Fisher's interactive verse which starts, "After my bath / I try, try, try / to wipe myself / till I'm dry, dry, dry." The oversized mixed media illustrations of red-cheeked little ones will put you in mind of early Maurice Sendak drawings. There are poems about growing, bananas and cream, getting dressed, rain, and mud, mud, glorious mud. You'll know some poems and you might recognize some favorite poets like A. A. Milne, Jack Prelutsky, Charlotte Pomerantz, Michael Rosen, Dennis Lee, and Anonymous. Not only is this a beautiful and joyous book to share aloud, over and over, it's a perfect present to give to the wee ones in your life, for it speaks to children about childhood without patronizing or idealizing them.

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Themes : POETRY

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Critics have said

The art was created using a wide range of mediums and techniques, and Dunbar blends them seamlessly to create charming images that are amazingly expressive.
Donna Cardon, From School Library Journal

There's something for everyone here.
Publishers Weekly

Polly Dunbar created lively illustrations for each poetic gem, and creative use of color in the design of the text and lettering brightens each spread.