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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: 11.24" Width: 9.42" Height: 0.6"
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! For 30 years, Jack Prelutsky s inventive poems have inspired legions of children to fall in love with poetry. His outrageously silly poems have tickled even the most stubborn funny bones, while his darker verses have spooked countless late-night readers. His award-winning books include Tyrannosaurus Was a Beast, The Dragons Are Singing Tonight, The Random House Book of Poetry for Children, and The Beauty of the Beast
While attending a Bronx, New York, grade school, Prelutsky took piano and voice lessons and was a regular in school shows. Surprisingly, Prelutsky developed a healthy dislike for poetry due to a teacher who left me with the impression that poetry was the literary equivalent of liver. I was told it was good for me, but I wasn t convinced.
In his early twenties, Prelutsky spent six months drawing imaginary animals in ink and watercolor. One evening, he wrote two dozen short poetry verses to accompany each drawing. A friend encouraged him to show them to an editor, who loved his poems (although not his artwork!) and urged him to keep writing. Prelutsky listened and he is still busy writing.
Jack Prelutsky lives on Mercer Island in Washington with his wife, Carolynn.
Meilo So's first collaboration with Jack Prelutsky was the ALA Notable Book The Beauty of the Beast: Poems from the Animal Kingdom, of which The New York Times Book Review wrote: "Meilo So does enchantingly unreal paintings: whimsical watercolors made with a wet-on-wet technique that preserves the spontaneity of her hand gestures. In very few brush strokes, she captures the essence of organisms from stallions to sea horses. Yet the images themselves are abstract, almost calligraphic pictograms." Her most recent book is Tasty Baby Belly Buttons by Judy Sierra. Meilo So was born in Hong Kong and now lives in England with her husband, who is also an artist."

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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