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100 Great Poems for Girls    edited by Celia Johnson order for
100 Great Poems for Girls
by Celia Johnson
Order:  USA  Can
Grand Central, 2011 (2011)
* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

This paperback contains some wonderful poems that should appeal to girls of all ages. When you are trying to create an enthusiasm for poetry in young readers, it is often wise to begin by using works which cater to one sex or the other. This might mean poems featuring princesses and witches versus great heroes and dangerous animals.

Once the youngster has discovered that reading poetry can be just as much fun and just as exciting as reading prose, then you can broaden the subject matter regardless of whether it will appeal to one group of readers or the other.

The four sections of 100 Great Poems for Girls include Nature, Imagination, Inspiration and Fun and Nonsense. A sampling of the poems you'll discover here include Kubla Khan (Samuel Taylor Coleridge), A Girl's Garden (Robert Frost), We Talk As Girls Do (Emily Dickinson) and The Jumblies (Edward Lear).

A companion volume addresses 100 Great Poems for Boys. As you look over the contents of both anthologies you'll quickly see that the majority of these poems would probably work reasonably well with either sex, so you might wish to purchase both books and mix and match!

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