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A collection to be read, experienced, and treasured. Whether capturing a cold New England winter's evening, or the beauty of an old, abandoned house, four-time Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Robert Frost left an indelible mark on our consciousness. This stunning celebration of his best-loved work includes 35 poems specially chosen for children ages 8 to 14 by author and histo A collection to be read, experienced, and treasured. Whether capturing a cold New England winter's evening, or the beauty of an old, abandoned house, four-time Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Robert Frost left an indelible mark on our consciousness. This stunning celebration of his best-loved work includes 35 poems specially chosen for children ages 8 to 14 by author and historian Jay Parini. Illustrator Michael Paraskevas brings the poems to life with his pitch-perfect scenes, infused with majestic color and quiet simplicity. Poems include “Mending Wall,” “Birches,” “The Road Not Taken,” “Fire and Ice,” and “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening,” This gentle introduction also includes commentary, definitions of key words, and an introduction to the poet’s life.


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A collection to be read, experienced, and treasured. Whether capturing a cold New England winter's evening, or the beauty of an old, abandoned house, four-time Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Robert Frost left an indelible mark on our consciousness. This stunning celebration of his best-loved work includes 35 poems specially chosen for children ages 8 to 14 by author and histo A collection to be read, experienced, and treasured. Whether capturing a cold New England winter's evening, or the beauty of an old, abandoned house, four-time Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Robert Frost left an indelible mark on our consciousness. This stunning celebration of his best-loved work includes 35 poems specially chosen for children ages 8 to 14 by author and historian Jay Parini. Illustrator Michael Paraskevas brings the poems to life with his pitch-perfect scenes, infused with majestic color and quiet simplicity. Poems include “Mending Wall,” “Birches,” “The Road Not Taken,” “Fire and Ice,” and “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening,” This gentle introduction also includes commentary, definitions of key words, and an introduction to the poet’s life.

30 review for Poetry for Kids: Robert Frost

  1. 5 out of 5

    Schizanthus Nerd

    Poetry for Kids: Robert Frost is the latest in a Poetry for Kids series, with previous books featuring poetry by Emily Dickinson, Carl Sandburg and Walt Whitman. This book contains 30 of Frost's poems, prefaced by an introduction of Frost's life and inspiration for his poetry, and followed by short explanations of each poem's meaning in a section titled 'What Robert Was Thinking'. There are definitions included with each poem for words children (and adults) may not be familiar with. This book is Poetry for Kids: Robert Frost is the latest in a Poetry for Kids series, with previous books featuring poetry by Emily Dickinson, Carl Sandburg and Walt Whitman. This book contains 30 of Frost's poems, prefaced by an introduction of Frost's life and inspiration for his poetry, and followed by short explanations of each poem's meaning in a section titled 'What Robert Was Thinking'. There are definitions included with each poem for words children (and adults) may not be familiar with. This book is part of an established series so obviously there must be a children's market for this type of book but personally I would have preferred to see this book marketed as a gift book. Without the 'for Kids' branding I think the market would have opened right up for this book. The audience for this book is listed as 8+ but I know I wouldn't have appreciated this book as a child. At 8 I was reading Roald Dahl, not poetry books, and I don't think that's so unusual. My fear for this book is that it may be used in schools to teach poetry at kids instead of to kids, and that could ruin Robert Frost for them. I say this because the only poetry I've ever hated with a passion have been poems taught to me. I always baulked at a teacher telling me emphatically what the poet meant by each word, line by line. I wanted to have the opportunity to think about the poem myself and decide what it meant to me, and always wondered if the poet actually intended the poem to be interpreted the way my teacher said was the only way, the right way. Digressing, that reminds me of a story about Alfred Hitchcock helping his granddaughter write an essay for film school about his movie Shadow of a Doubt. Her grade? C. So the story goes, he shrugged and said, "That's the best I can do". Anyway ... I grew up adoring The Road Not Taken but that was mostly because my Nan used to quote it all of the time and I'd often read the photocopied poem stuck to a wall in her house with Blu-Tack. I don't know I would have liked it as a kid without my Nan's influence. Michael Paraskevas' illustrations are absolutely wonderful! They complement the poetry beautifully. I think adults will like them better than kids though. It's only as an adult that I appreciate artwork like this. I received an ARC from NetGalley (thank you so much to NetGalley and Quarto Publishing Group - MoonDance Press for the opportunity) in exchange for honest feedback.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    I love the concept behind the Poetry for Kids books, beautifully illustrated selections for children ages 8 to 13, Grades 3 to 8.  Robert Frost is one of America's most beloved poets of the last century, whose poems were inspired by everyday sights and life of the country in New England.  Included are Frost's best known poems “Mending Wall,” “The Road Not Taken,” and “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.”  Each volume includes information for parents and teachers, including commentary, definition I love the concept behind the Poetry for Kids books, beautifully illustrated selections for children ages 8 to 13, Grades 3 to 8.  Robert Frost is one of America's most beloved poets of the last century, whose poems were inspired by everyday sights and life of the country in New England.  Included are Frost's best known poems “Mending Wall,” “The Road Not Taken,” and “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.”  Each volume includes information for parents and teachers, including commentary, definitions of key words for each poem, and an introduction to Frost's life. Robert Lee Frost won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry, was awarded a Congressional Gold Medal, and was named Poet laureate of Vermont.  I have not read Frost extensively and most of the poems were new to me. I appreciated the simplicity of his images, the concrete portrayal of his world, from which he drew lessons and truths. Such as in this poem: Snow Dust The way a crow Shook down on me The dust of snow From a hemlock tree Has given my heart A change of mood And saved some part Of a day I rued. Or these lines from Choose Something Like a Star: "So when at times the mob is swayed/To carry praise or blame too far,/We may choose something lie a star/To stay our minds on and be staid." The 35 were poems chosen by Jay Parini, author of Why Poetry Matters and a biography on Frost. Illustrator Michael Paraskevas's work has appeared in most major magazines, he has written and illustrated 24 children's books, and has created animated series for television.  I received a free ebook from the publisher through Edelweiss in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    giftedteacher

    Robert Frost's poetry is timeless, and these illustrations enhance his words. The book is appropriate for adults or children, especially children who are introspective. I think that my students will enjoy it; it could be a nice addition to a classroom poetry collection or a good gift book. I received a free electronic copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Donna Maguire

    I set myself an objective at the start of 2017 to read more poetry and classics and whilst this book is primarily aimed at children I really enjoyed it - the illustrations used really bring the poems to life and they were really my favourite part of the book, I really adored a few of them poems, a few I wasn't a fan of and some that were just ok so overall I have given the book four stars - definitely worth a read and a great introduction to the works of Robert Frost.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kristina Aziz

    Not sure what exactly makes this Robert Frost "for Kids". It's Illustrated, and has definitions of seldom used words spattered throughout the book. But can't we then call it 'Illustrated Robert Frost'? I felt like the collaborators of this book were trying to ,market to an audience that they don't know how to market to which, despite the book title is not necessarily the kids, but their parents who will be paying actual real dollars for this book if they believe in it enough.

  6. 4 out of 5

    DelAnne Frazee

    Title: Poetry for Kids: Robert Frost Author: Robert Frost Editor: Jay Parini Illustrator: Michael Paraskevas Publisher: Quatro Publishing Group Published: 10-1-2017 Pages: 48 Genre: Chiltren;s Nonfiction Sub-Genre: Poetry, Culture, United States Poets ISBN: 9781633222205 Reviewed For NetGalley and Quatro Publishing Group Reviewer: DelAnne Rating: 5 Stars Listed as being for grades 3 to 8, but I think children even younger would enjoy reading and having it read to them. Beautifully illustrated each page is Title: Poetry for Kids: Robert Frost Author: Robert Frost Editor: Jay Parini Illustrator: Michael Paraskevas Publisher: Quatro Publishing Group Published: 10-1-2017 Pages: 48 Genre: Chiltren;s Nonfiction Sub-Genre: Poetry, Culture, United States Poets ISBN: 9781633222205 Reviewed For NetGalley and Quatro Publishing Group Reviewer: DelAnne Rating: 5 Stars Listed as being for grades 3 to 8, but I think children even younger would enjoy reading and having it read to them. Beautifully illustrated each page is artwork in itself and a testament to the talents of Michael Paraskevas. Some of your own favorite childhood poems, at least they were mine all bound in a volume to cherish and pass on from one generation to another. My rating of "Poetry for Kids: Robert Frost" is 5 out of 5 stars. Amazon Link: https://smile.amazon.com/dp/163322220... B&N Link: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/poet... Books-A-Million Link: http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Poetry... Google Play Link: Not Available Indigo Link: http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Poetry... GoodReads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3... Kobo Link: Not Available The Reading Room Link: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.ph... Twitter Link: https://twitter.com/DelAnne531/status...

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Thompson

    I loved reading this set of poetry. The illustrations were beautiful are great representations of the poetry itself. The poems are classics and include some of Robert Frost's most well known poems like “Mending Wall”, “The Road Not Taken”, and “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”. This book is supportive with the inclusion of an introduction to Frost's life, commentary about each poem, and key words. Poems are great for students to practice reading aloud because they definitely have a musical I loved reading this set of poetry. The illustrations were beautiful are great representations of the poetry itself. The poems are classics and include some of Robert Frost's most well known poems like “Mending Wall”, “The Road Not Taken”, and “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”. This book is supportive with the inclusion of an introduction to Frost's life, commentary about each poem, and key words. Poems are great for students to practice reading aloud because they definitely have a musical quality to the way they are written and that translates to their speaking. Students who are learning a new language and use these poems to practice "the music of English" and help with phrasal and word stress when reading aloud. They are also great practice for listening and inference of meaning practice for students. Reading the poems out loud before allowing students to see the illustrations and having them pick colors that they think match the tone of the poem or even draw their own pictures based on what they hear. This would be a nice way for them to interact with poetry even if it is hard to digest in whole.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    I love Robert Frost, but this book is not for kids. Oh, it is nicely illustrated, and the poems chosen are good, The Road not Taken, Stopping by the Woods on a snowy day and Mending Walls, which I always thought was called "Good fences make good neighbors." Frost didn't really write for kids. He wrote for adults, and if kids got it, good, and there is nothing wrong with reading these poems to kids. The ones I mentioned above are all ones that my mother read to me, and I read on occasion even now. I love Robert Frost, but this book is not for kids. Oh, it is nicely illustrated, and the poems chosen are good, The Road not Taken, Stopping by the Woods on a snowy day and Mending Walls, which I always thought was called "Good fences make good neighbors." Frost didn't really write for kids. He wrote for adults, and if kids got it, good, and there is nothing wrong with reading these poems to kids. The ones I mentioned above are all ones that my mother read to me, and I read on occasion even now. This is not to say that this is not a good book for children, but that this is more like a book that parents could read to children. And discussed with children. And, understood, with the help of their parents, what the words, and ideas mean. Oh, there is a little information, at the back, but kids would need more than that. So, this might be a good collection, but it isn't kids. Thanks to Netgalley for making this book available for an honest review.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mandy

    What a delightful book this is! A joy to read and look at. It contains 35 poems by Frost, all beautifully illustrated. There’s an introduction to the poet’s life, commentary and some helpful definitions. It’s marketed for children, and I’m sure many children will enjoy it, but I agree with another reviewer who pointed out that the book should rather be marketed as a gift book, or simply as an illustrated book pf poetry, rather than emphasising that it’s “for kids”. Readers of any age could enjoy What a delightful book this is! A joy to read and look at. It contains 35 poems by Frost, all beautifully illustrated. There’s an introduction to the poet’s life, commentary and some helpful definitions. It’s marketed for children, and I’m sure many children will enjoy it, but I agree with another reviewer who pointed out that the book should rather be marketed as a gift book, or simply as an illustrated book pf poetry, rather than emphasising that it’s “for kids”. Readers of any age could enjoy it – I certainly did. It also says it’s for 8 to 14 year olds. Well, there’s a world of difference between 8 and 14 and I’m pretty sure not many cool young teenagers will be attracted to the definitely “uncool” illustrations. I hope it manages to break out of the confines of being defined as a children’s book – it most definitely deserves to.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    I received Poetry for Kids; Robert Frost, and immensely enjoyed this book which includes 35 poems edited by author and historian Jay Parini and illustrated by Michael Paraskevas. An introduction to the poet's life, a commentary and definitions of key words are included. This is the perfect read in that each poem is paired with a scene that relays its charming magical-ness, making this book attractive not only to children, but adults who love Frost's poetry too.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Donna Mork

    This is a really nice "intro to poetry" for kids. Most of the poems were short which is great for holding attention spans. There are also nice short little glossaries by each poem for words that kids might not be familiar with. None were too obscure as to confuse someone unfamiliar with poetry. I'd recommend this book to anyone wanting to introduce children to the beauty of poetry.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ann

    I love this series of books of poetry for kids. This one on Robert Frost is beautifully illustrated and some of his more familiar works. It also has the glossary of words that might be unfamiliar to children and gives definitions right with the poem. This series is perfect for introducing young children to poetry and it's great for read along and sparking discussions with the pictures.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Emili

    I chose to have a poetry genre because I read a study about the positive impact poetry can make on a child. This a great way for children to be able to become more aware of shared cultural terms and ideas as well.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Lancaster

    Grade: K-6th Genre: Poetry I remember reading this book last year and really enjoyed it! I love Robert Frost and remember reading his poems in Elementary school! This book of poems is great for helping students learn poetry!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Justin Peter

    Beautiful illustrations to accompany Frosts work. Favorites include Birches which took me right back to my days as a kid in the woods. Also love, To the Thawing Wind.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Perla

    This book is friendly and has a particular style that is quite amazing. I would recommend this book to kids and in general this book was interesting.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Adam Di Filippe

    Beautiful artwork and a great selection of Frost's poems. Just skip the part at the very end that tells you what each poem is about.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Myra Perez

    This book consists of some of the most well known Robert Frost poems. The illustrations in the book are a great compliment to the words. This book can be enjoyed by anyone.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Alexia Polasky

    Thank you Netgalley and Quarto Publishing Group (Moondance Press) for the Arc! 3.5 stars. The poems seem a little difficult for children to fully understand, in spite of the helpful definitions and explanations provided, but it's a great book for parents to read aloud to their kids and explain what they might not have grasped. Lovely illustrations.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jurene

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jessi

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sara

  23. 4 out of 5

    The Quarto Group

  24. 5 out of 5

    Raul Ulloa

  25. 5 out of 5

    Liz

  26. 4 out of 5

    Arissa Sunara

  27. 5 out of 5

    Christina F

  28. 4 out of 5

    Antara

  29. 4 out of 5

    Olivia Birazzi

  30. 5 out of 5

    Dana

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