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Poetry Speaks to Children, edited by Elise Paschen [Hardcover Book & CD, ages 6-9] This is an amazing collection of 97 poems, of which at least half are read or performed on the accompanying CD.  You can read along while you listen or for the younger set, just pop in the CD and let the wonderful voices of the various poets and artists carry you away.  Parents will really appreciate hearing the voices of the poets reading their own words; where else can you hear Langston Hughes reading “The Negro Speaks of Rivers,” Robert Frost reading “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening,” and J.R.R.Tolkien reading “Frodo’s Song in Bree” on the same album?   There is a good mix of poetry, from the sublime (again, Robert Frost!) to the irreverent (C.K. Williams’ “Gas,” which dwells on, well, gas.)  The book is well illustrated by three artists, which helps keep the young ones interested. 

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