7/21/07

" Caroline Kennedy's: " A Family Of Poems"



A Family Of Poems My Favorite Poetry For Children, is one of my favorite family books, and the best kind to read children at bedtime. Actually, I still like to read it myself to relax before I go to sleep.


I gave my mother a copy of The Best Loved Poems of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis:Selected and Introduced by Caroline Kennedy a few Christmases ago. That book brought us both back to our childhoods. This, of course, was before Caroline wrote A Family Of Poems, which includes titles by ee cummings, Ogden Nash, in addition to the dearly loved children writers, A.A.Milne, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Jack Prelutsky.

I referred to my mother for obvious reasons since this is a book of poems Caroline Kennedy's family loved to share with one another. The front cover has a picture of Caroline at age four or five reading to her teddy bear. She writes the book in seven different sections each relating to children's lives, for example, "Bedtime", "About Me", and "Animals." A commentary encouraging children to read and express themselves in language arts, and poetry accompanies each section.

What is so wonderful about this book is the opportunity it provides parents to talk about the famous poets and writers in the book, while reading to their children. I still remember the way the copy of Stuart Little, by E.B. White, smelled when my mother read it long ago. By relating her childhood experiences along with the book Caroline Kennedy-Schlossberg, and illustrator Jon J. Muth, offer children and their parents the opportunity to relate to the poems on a personal level leaving an indelible impression on children.

This book will inhabit the heart, soul, and memory of every member of your family. A great start for parents to read to their beginning or young readers, this summer and all year round. It's not a new book but a classic, if you haven't got it, get it, and if you haven't read it, read it!


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