Small Fry Saturday: A Children’s Treasury of Poems

Small Fry Saturday is a meme inspired by The Well-Read Redhead, showcasing books our children enjoy.

This week’s pick is:

Title: A Children’s Treasury of Poems
Author: Linda Bleck (illustrator)
Publisher: Sterling
Released: 2008
Source: my personal library


What child’s bookshelf is complete without a superbly illustrated collection of classic poems? This exquisitely produced anthology, which features embossed pages and flocking on the spine, will become a beloved family favorite. Featuring the most renowned creators of children’s verse, it makes the perfect read-aloud and an ideal introduction to poetry’s rhyme and rhythm. Kids will love listening to the imaginative words of Lewis Carroll (“How Doth the Little Crocodile?”); Kate Greenaway (“The Cats Have Come to Tea”); Edward Lear (“The Owl and the Pussycat”); Vachel Lindsay (“The Little Turtle”); and many others. Linda Bleck’s colorful artwork has a fresh, fun feel that will appeal to children. Ages 2 – 5.

A Children’s Treasury of Poems contains a wonderful sampling of quality children’s poetry. The selected poems represent varying lengths and styles, from short four-line limericks to the nonsense poem The Owl and the Pussycat (three stanzas, eleven lines each). In addition to the writers mentioned in the synopsis, Robert Louis Stevenson is another who is very well represented in this collection.

This 9×9 board book has sturdy pages and binding. I purchased it when C was just over a year old, and now, after 2 1/2 years of toddler use, it is still in great condition. The pages are embossed, giving little ones a bit of a tactile experience.

Linda Bleck’s illustrations are fabulous. There are subtle hints of a classic look, which meshes perfectly with these traditional poetry selections. As you can tell from the cover, the illustrations are also colorful, bright, fun, and so cute!

This is quality children’s poetry in a book with visual and tactile appeal.

There are 6 books in the “A Children’s Treasury” collection, all illustrated by Linda Bleck:

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