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The 20th Century Children's Poetry Treasury [Hardcover]

By Jack Prelutsky (Selected by) & Meilo So (Illustrator)
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A collection of more than two hundred of the best children's poems of this century, by 137 different poets, and illustrated in beautiful watercolors, offers works arranged by themes such as outer space, sports, and nature. 35,000 first printing.

Publishers Description
"Until this century, most children's poetry was either syrupy sweet or overblown and didactic, and tended to talk down to its readers. Contemporary children's poets have thrown all that condescension and moralizing out the window, and write with today's "real child" in mind."
- from the Introduction by Jack Prelutsky
Here in one gloriously illustrated volume are 211 wonderful poems that represent the best this century has to offer. From sibling rivalry, school, monsters, food, and just plain silliness, to such ageless themes as the seasons, Who am I?, and the many moods of childhood, this is a collection that begs to be read aloud and shared with the whole family. The poems, from every decade of this century, showcase 137 famous poets.
Selected by Jack Prelutsky, America's leading children's poet, and illustrated by award-winning watercolorist Meilo So, this useful and beautiful gift is a splendid way to end the century -- or start a new one. Truly a book that families will cherish long after the millennium excitement is over, The 20th-Century Children's Poetry Treasury is a joyous companion volume to the best-selling The 20th-Century Children's Book Treasury.
This book has been selected as a Common Core State Standards Text Exemplar (Grades K-1, 2-3, Poetry) in Appendix B.

Awards and Recognitions
The 20th Century Children's Poetry Treasury by Jack Prelutsky & Meilo So has received the following awards and recognitions -
  • Book Sense Book of the Year Award - 2000 Nominee - Children's category

Citations And Professional Reviews
The 20th Century Children's Poetry Treasury by Jack Prelutsky & Meilo So has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2010 page 691
  • Publishers Weekly - 10/04/1999 page 72
  • School Library Journal - 12/01/1999 page 125
  • Booklist - 12/15/1999 page 783
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 07/01/1999 page 151
  • Wilson Children's Catalog 96 - 01/01/2000 page 40
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2001 page 315
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 01/01/2000 page 151
  • Library Journal - 12/01/1999
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2006 page 446

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Pages   87
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 9.25" Height: 11.25"
Weight:   1.3 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 28, 1999
Publisher   Knopf Books for Young Readers
Age  5-8
ISBN  0679893148  
ISBN13  9780679893141  
UPC  090129019953  

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More About Jack Prelutsky & Meilo So

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! JACK PRELUTSKY, long considered the unofficial poet laureate of elementary school kids, was officially names the nation's first Children's Poet Laureate in 2006. He has written more than forty books of verse, ranging from his big collectionsof more than one hundred verses each-such as The New Kid on the Block and It's Raining Pigs and Noodles-to his delightful picture book collections such as: Good Sports: Rhymes About Running, Jumping, Throwing, and More and Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant, a Lee Bennet Hopkins Honor Book. In addition to The Random House Books of Poetry for Children, he has also compiled The 20th- Century Children's Poetry Treasury, The Beauty of the Beast, Read-Aloud Rhymes for the Very Young, and eight other award-winning anthologies. He was born in the Bronx, has traveled to all fifty states to promote poetry, and now lives in Seattle with his wife, Carolyn.

ARNOLD LOBEL began his career in children's books in 1961 and illustrated over seventy books, some of which he also wrote. He received the Caldecott Medal for Fables in 1981 and a Caldecott Honor in 1971 for Frog and Toad Are Friends. It's sequel, Frog and Toad Together, was an 1973 Newberry Honor Book. His last major project before his death in 1987 was The Arnold Lobel Book of Mother Goose (originally published as The Random House Book of Mother Goose). He is widely considered one of the greatest children's book illustrators of the twentieth century.

Jack Prelutsky currently resides in Seattle, in the state of Washington. Jack Prelutsky was born in 1940.

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Reviews - What do customers think about The 20th Century Children's Poetry Treasury?

atrocious illustrations!  Jan 26, 2008
I bought this book for my 9-year old who loves poetry. I'm basing my review merely on the illustrations. I was convinced by the many positive reviews, speaking so favorly regarding the illustrations that this book would be enjoyable to read and to look at. Upon receiving the book I couldn't believe how unappealing the so-called artwork is. I would be surprised to find any children captivated by poor modern, streaky-looking water color paintings within this book. To me they are darnright ugly. I personally have a preference for the illustrations of those like Michael Hague and Jan Brett who have illustrated numerous beautiful children's books.
Teacher Read-Aloud  Oct 6, 2007
This book is a fabulous way to introduce young students to poetry. It is a collection of short, easy to understand poems that are perfect for read-alouds.
Loving It!  Jun 13, 2007
My two grandsons, ages 10 and 8, picked up the book and immediately started to read...they love poetry anyway, but they spent some nice quiet time with the book...It will keep a special place at our lake house, where we have 7 grandchildren coming to visit us...It is great for ages 4 to +++..Real creative writing that keeps children's interests...
Nice Collection  Sep 30, 2005
This is a wonderfully illustrated collection of children's poems. My daughter loves to look at the pictures, but there are not as many poems as other collections, like the one from Random House. It would make a great gift.
Excellent choice, not as encompassing as Book Treasury  Sep 10, 2005
We bought this as we have the "The 20th Century Children's Book Treasury" and thought it would be a good companion piece. I liked the choice of poems (a nice range from classic to contemporary) and the way they were organized (by theme). My only (minor) disppointment has been that the Poetry Treasury is so small compared to the Book Treasury (87 pages vs. 297). One of the aspects I most appreciated about this book is that the poems included are not all "children's" but are still child-friendly. I would recommend this book for anyone with children.

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