Books of children’s poetry have the potential to swing one of three ways. They can either be #1 – super weirdly wacky. #2 – okay topic wise, but really lame as poetry. #3 – totally darling and wonderfully cute. I’m happy to announce that 200 Best-Loved Poems to Read Aloud is #3! Sure, there are a couple of imaginative poems that don’t stick entirely to reality – a set of talking snowflakes, or a verse about the man in the moon – but for the most part, the poems are about ships and flowers, and sparrows and springtime.
There were actually a surprising number of poems that mention prayer and God, including an entire poem by hymn writer, William Cowper.
Here are a few of the cutest poems.
‘Twixt the optimist and pessimist
The difference is droll:
The optimist sees the doughnut;
The pessimist sees the hole. [pg. 18]
There is so much good in the worst of us,
And so much bad in the best of us,
That it ill behooves any of us
To find fault with the rest of us. [pg. 60]
That’s wisdom, there.
To My Valentine
If apples were pears,
And peaches were plums,
And the rose had a different name –
If tigers were bears,
And fingers were thumbs,
I’d love you just the same! [pg. 39]
D’aww. I’m going to keep that one in mind for special friends. :)
Dare to be true;
Nothing can need a lie;
The fault that needs one most
Grows two thereby. [pg. 12]
No honourable endeavor need be buttressed by lies.
Saying a Prayer
When I kneel down
To say my prayer
Each word goes climbing
Up a stair
Of wind and air
To where God sits
And listens and rejoices
In little children’s thoughts
And voices. [pg. 104]
Two poems mention an elf. A one verse poem titled “Halloween” mentions witches, and another poem mentions a woman with a broom who was trying to fly to the moon in a basket. Santa is mentioned once.
Conclusion. Good. I enjoyed this book immensely.
Review © 2014 Laura Verret