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39. Kennedy, X.J. & Kennedy, Dorothy M. Knock at a Star: a Child’s Introduction to Poetry. Little Brown, 1999. 180pages. Tr. $17.21 ISBN 0316484369

Brief Description: Using a collection of poems, this book introduces basic poems to children that make you smile, tell stories, send messages, and include the elements of images, word music, beats that repeat, likenesses, word play in a poem and special kinds of poetry such as limericks, takeoffs, songs and show-and spell poems.

Genre(s)/Subject(s): Anthology, Poetry and Rhymes, National Poetry Month,
Reading Level: Ages 8-12
Books Similar in Style, Content, Theme, or Characters: Free to… Be You and Me by Marlo Thomas, Poetry Speaks to Children illustrated by Wendy Rasmussen.
Programming/Lesson Ideas: Children can try to compose three different poems according to the functions of poems that can make people smile, tell stories, and send messages.
Personal Thoughts: This is a great anthology filled with beautiful poems and illustrations. It introduces the basic technique of writing a poem and how to appreciate the different kinds of poems to children. This book is well organized, broken down into three parts, and each part is explained with appropriate poems.

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