A Child's Introduction to Poetry: Listen While You Learn About the Magic Words That Have Moved Mountains, Won Battles, and Made Us Laugh and Cry

by Michael Driscoll Author

(From Amazon): Poetry can be fun-especially when we can read it, hear it, and discover its many delights with the help of cartoon character Professor Driscoll, delightful illustrations, and the poetry read aloud on CD. This wide-ranging journey through the history and highlights of the world's poetry covers everything from epics and odes to nonsense verse and haikus, and is filled with examples of every style. The multimedia package encourages children to listen, read, and learn-and opens the door to a lifetime of appreciation of a rich literary tradition. It painlessly introduces kids (and parents, too) to the greatest poets in history, from Homer and Shakespeare to Robert Frost and Ogden Nash-and provides excellent examples of their work and commentary on what makes it so special. In short, this is a galloping tour through poetic history loaded with all of our most significant and beloved poems. In addition to charming illustrations on every lively page, A CHILD'S INTRODUCTION TO POETRY contains a full-length CD with wonderful renditions of the poems read by professional actors.


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Resource Type
Print Status
In Print
Suggested Grades
1st - 6th
Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers


  • 1 Introducing Professor Driscoll
  • 2 Poems of Cradles and Bough-Breakings Too, Moon-Jumping Cows and Ten Kids in a Shoe
  • 3 Rhymes That Prompt Laughter (if that's what you're after)
  • 4 Nineteen Lines but Just Two Rhymes
  • 5 There Once Was a Poem So Outrageous, Read Aloud, It Became Quite Contagious
  • 6 Haikus Have Three Lines and Seventeen Syllables Simple, Beautiful
  • 7 Gather Round for a Story of Heroes and Glory
  • 8 My Dear, Aren't You Smitten by These Words That I've Written?
  • 9 A Poem Fantastic (Though Usually Old) That May Teach A Lesson (So It's Often Retold)
  • 10 Sheep, Shepherds, and Other Sappy Stuff
  • 11 Poems of Feelings and Hearts Shining Bright (They're a Pleasure to Hear, But a Devil to Write)
  • 12 When You Haven't Got Time to Think of a Rhyme
  • 13 Alphabet Poems, Riddles, Epitaphs, and Other Unusual Styles
  • 14 The First Poet: Homer
  • 15 The Bard: William Shakespeare
  • 16 The Free Spirit: John Milton
  • 17 The Artist: William Blake
  • 18 The People's Poet: William Wordsworth
  • 19 Daughter, Wife and Poet: Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  • 20 A Poet of "Fantastic Terrors": Edgar Allen Poe
  • 21 A Rebel without Applause: Emily Dickinson
  • 22 Voice of America: Walt Whitman
  • 23 A Poet of Heaven and Earth: Christina Rossetti
  • 24 Poems of Everyday Beauty: Robert Frost
  • 25 The Adventurer: Robert Louis Stevenson
  • 26 An Englishman in Bombay: Rudyard Kipling
  • 27 A Good Poet for Bad Children: Hilaire Belloc
  • 28 American Spirit: Carl Sandburg
  • 29 The Thinker: W.H. Auden
  • 30 A Brave New Voice: Langston Hughes
  • 31 The Beat of the City: Lawrence Ferlinghetti
  • 32 Irish Eye: Seamus Heaney
  • 33 Visions of Mexico: Octavio Paz
  • 34 Caged Bird's Song: Maya Angelou

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