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Collected Poems for Children

Ted Hughes; Pictures by Raymond Briggs

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

This collection brings together the more than 250 children’s poems Ted Hughes wrote throughout his career. They are arranged by volume, beginning with those published for younger readers and progressing to more complex and sophisticated poems that he felt were written “within hearing” of children. Throughout, Hughes reveals his instinctive grasp of a child’s insatiable wonderment and sense of humor as well as his own instinctive and illuminating perspective on people and other creatures of the natural world.
 
With drawings that capture the wit, range, and richness of these poems, acclaimed illustrator Raymond Briggs helps make this a book any reader can return to again and again for amusement, inspiration, and reassurance.  Collected Poems for Children is a 2008 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

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From Collected Poems for Children
Skunk
Skunk's footfall plods padded
            But like the thunder-crash
He makes the night woods nervous
            And wears the lightning-flash -
From nose to tail a zigzag spark
            As warning to us all
That thunderbolts are very like
            The strokes he can let fall.
That cloudburst soak, that
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Praise for Collected Poems for Children

"Amazing things happen when giants write and illustrate for young people."  --Starred, Kirkus Reviews
 
"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."  --Booklist
 
"Briggs's stellar ink, mostly realistic illustrations suffuse the sections for younger children, where animals and family are the subjects, and become sparer for longer narrative poems.  An important addition to any . . . poetry collection."  -School Library Journal
 
"Lucky are the children who receive this collection, for they will experience the world through the exquisitely tuned words of Ted Hughes." --The Horn Book

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Ted Hughes; Pictures by Raymond Briggs

  • TED HUGHES (1930–1998) published numerous volumes of poetry and prose for adults and children. He received the Guardian Award for Children’s Fiction in 1985 and was appointed Poet Laureate of England in 1984. RAYMOND BRIGGS has produced some of the most cherished and admired picture books of our time, including The Bear, Father Christmas, and The Snowman. He lived in London, England.
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Collected Poems for Children

Ted Hughes; Pictures by Raymond Briggs

Parents' Choice Honor Books, Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year
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