Most of the books cover individual poets such as Maya Angelou [J 811.54 ANG], Carl Sandburg [J 811 SAN], Edna St. Vincent Millay [J 811 MIL], and NH's favorite, Robert Frost [J 811 FRO], while a few are anthologies such as American Poetry [J 811 AME].
There are several notable features to this series. The first is a short introduction to each poem, which may pose a question, mention the poet's background, or explain what the poet is attempting to do in the poem. The second is a glossary of words that may be unfamiliar to a young reader. The third is the striking illustrations that accompany the poems.
On the other hand, though, I have one complaint, and it deals, paradoxically, with the striking illustrations. In many cases the poem is printed right over the full color illustration often obscuring the text. I would think that for a young reader, especially one who may not have strong reading skills, this would make it more difficult to read and comprehend the poem. Call me old-fashioned, but I like plenty of white space around a poem!
That aside, I still recommend the series.
The following is taken from the Animal Poems anthology [J 808.81 ANI]:
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On the Grasshopper and Cricket
by John Keats
The poetry of earth is never dead:
When all the birds are faint with the hot sun,
And hide in cooling trees, a voice will run
From hedge to hedge about the new-mown mead;
That is the Grasshopper’s--he takes the lead
In summer luxury,--he has never done
With his delights; for when tired out with fun
He rests at ease beneath some pleasant weed.
The poetry of earth is ceasing never:
On a lone winter evening, when the frost
Has wrought a silence, from the stove there shrills
The Cricket’s song, in warmth increasing ever,
And seems to one in drowsiness half lost,
The Grasshopper’s among some grassy hills.