Press:Faber Children's Books Faber & Faber; Main edition (March 6, 2008)
Author Name:Ted Hughes
This collection brings together the poems Ted Hughes wrote for children throughout his life.
They are arranged by volume, beginning with those for reading aloud to the very young, progressing to the poems in "Under the North Star" and "What is the Truth?" and ending with "Season Songs", which Hughes remarked was written 'within hearing' of children.
Raymond Briggs brings to the collection two hundred original drawings that capture the wit, gentleness and humanity of these poems and make this a book any reader - child and adult - will return to again and again.
For reading aloud at home and in the classroom, this collection of 250 poems by the late English poet laureate Ted Hughes begins with those he published for younger children in collections such as Meet My Folks (1961) and The Cat and the Cuckoo (1987) before moving on to more sophisticated works, which he said he wrote "within hearing" of children.
From the eyelash of a baby hare to the gruesome action of the Loch Ness monster, the images swing from tenderness to farce, and in some verses the two come together: in "My Brother Bert," "The very thought makes me iller and iller: / Bert's brought home a gigantic gorilla." Children will love the sounds of the rhythmic lines, and Briggs' scattering of small black-and-white drawings perfectly captures the tiny details in the words.
Some poems will be read over and over again.
Hazel RochmanCopyright © American Library Association.
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"Amazing things happen when giants write and illustrate for young people." --Starred, Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Ted Hughes's poetry and prose for children has won numerous awards.
His classic story, The Iron Man, remains a best seller.
Award-winning illustrator Raymond Briggs has produced some of our most cherished picture books, including Father Christmas, The Snowman and Ethel and Ernest.
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From Collected Poems for ChildrenSkunkSkunk's footfall plods padded But like the thunder-crashHe makes the night woods nervous And wears the lightning-flash - From nose to tail a zigzag spark As warning to us allThat thunderbolts are very like The strokes he can let fall.That cloudburst soak, that dazzling bang Of stink he can let dropOver you like a cloak of tar Will bring you to a stop.O Skunk! O King of Stinkards!Only the Moon KnowsYou are her prettiest, ugliest flower, Her blackest, whitest rose!
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