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The Young Oxford Book of Christmas Poems [Paperback]

Michael Harrison , Christopher Stuart-Clark

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Oct. 15 2000
This is a wonderful collection of poems for older children at Christmas. Starting with the Advent season in the cold of winter, the book travels through the joys and mysteries of Christmas. It moves from cards to carols, bells to angels, holy to stars, trees to Santa Claus until it reaches the birth of Jesus in the manger, the adoration of the shepherds, and the coming of the Kings. And finally it looks forward to the New Year and our hope for the future. There is host of poems here, with the emphasis on modern poets to give a fresh slant on Christmas. The poets range from Blake, Clare, Donne, and Herrick, through Stevenson, de la Mare, Hardy and Rossetti, to Dylan Thomas, John Hegley, Charles Causley, Sylvia Plath, U.A. Fanthorpe, Ted Hughes, and many others. Beautifully illustrated by a number of talented artists, the book will prove a constant joy to children and all the family at Christmas.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (Oct. 15 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192762524
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192762528
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.5 x 1.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,626,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The Young Oxford Book of Christmas Poems, edited by Michael Harrison and Christopher Stuart-Clark, gathers some 100 poems, by Sylvia Plath, Ted Hughes, William Blake and others. Artwork by an array of artists provide a pleasingly festive backdrop.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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Gr. 5-8. For older children at Christmas, this lavishly illustrated anthology features a wide range of mainly British poets, including William Blake, John Donne, Ted Hughes, Charles Causley, Sylvia Plath, and Seamus Heaney. They write about the holiday from Advent to Christmas Eve and after: gifts, parties, mystery, the baby in the manger, the coming of the kings. The full-color pictures, by several artists, occasionally overwhelm the words, especially when the text is printed right on the artwork, and middle-grade students will need adult help with several of the more difficult poems. The collection will be most useful as a source for holiday sharing and reading aloud--at home, in the library, and in the classroom. Hazel Rochman
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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There is a nice selection of Christmas poems in this book. They are varied in authorship and style. Many are not readily available elsewhere.

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