Saturday, December 6, 2014

A Treasury of NZ Poems for Children

This beautiful book would make a fantastic Christmas present for any family with children. The illustrations are effervescent and attractive, the poems are chosen from the very best children's poems from the finest New Zealand writers (including, of course, Janet Frame), and the book itself is a well designed and sturdy (but not ungainly) jacketed hardback with THREE ribbons for marking the place of your favourite poems.

A Treasury of New Zealand Poems for Children edited by Paula Green, illustrated by Jenny Cooper, published by Random House New Zealand, 2014.
ISBN: 9781775533566

There are two Janet Frame poems, 'The Cat of Habit' and 'The Old Bull'.

Other much loved New Zealand authors include Margaret Mahy, Hone Tuwhare, James K Baxter, Elizabeth Smither, Joy Cowley, along with many, many others, some new names, and some children themselves contribute excellent poems too.

This is a collection that will be cherished by younger and older children, and you don't have to be a child to enjoy this anthology. I was particularly intrigued to discover that comedian Jon Gadsby had written such entertaining and inventive poems. Really a lovely book, and the illustrations are delightful.

No comments: