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The Kingfisher Book of Family Poems

Kingfisher

Today's children experience many different types of families in their own as well as in their friends' lives. This exuberant collection includes more than 150 poems from some of today's best poets to reflect the enormous diversity of modern family life. Poems about individual family members are deftly interwoven with themes of belonging and togetherness, family feuds, shared memories, play, loss, and love. Holly Swain's delightful illustrations add sparkle and charm throughout. Bubbling with attitude and affection, this is a true celebration of families everywhere and a perfect collection to share.

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SISTERS

She calls me tofu
because I am so soft
easily falling apart.

I wish I were tough
and full of fire, like ginger–
like her.

JANET S. WONG



ASK MUMMY ASK DADDY

When I ask Daddy
Daddy says ask Mummy

When I ask Mummy
Mummy says ask Daddy.
I don't know where to go.

Better ask my teddy
he never says no.

JOHN AGARD
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Praise for The Kingfisher Book of Family Poems

Children's Literature
What readers will find is a charming collection that offers, as Hollyer herself notes, "at least one poem that makes you say "Oh yes! That's like my family!"
 
School Library Journal
Hollyer's excellent collection offers a broad range of works including classic pieces by Ogden Nash and Langston Hughes, humorous favorites from Jack Prelutsky and Shel Silverstein, and poems from newer voices such as Janet S. Wong and Benjamin Zephaniah.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Belinda Hollyer was born in New Zealand and has also lived and worked in Australia and the United States. She has worked as a teacher, a librarian, and a publisher. Now a full-time writer, she has written and compiled a number of books for adults and children, including She's All That! Poems About Girls and the award-winning Kingfisher Book of Family Poems. Holly Swain's distinctive style of illustration can be seen in Pedro the Brave and Alberto the Dancing Alligator?
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Available Formats and Book Details

The Kingfisher Book of Family Poems

IRA-CBC Children's Choices, IRA-CBC Children's Choice List
  • Hardcover

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