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Off by Heart: Poems for Children to Learn and Remember [Kindle Edition]

Roger Stevens
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Book Description

A wonderful collection of poems that are easy to remember and perfect to recite out loud. New, modern and classic poems, ranging from very short to long. The book also includes tips for readers, teachers and parents on how to memorise poems and on performing them out loud. Perfect for the memorising and performance elements in the new primary National Curriculum. Aimed at readers aged 5+

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This is an unusual approach to a collection of poems and one that will make the book very popular with teachers. All have interesting themes and many are funny. Stevens stresses in his tips sections that, above all, to be motivated to learn the poems and to put them across, the children need to like and understand what they are reading. There should be no difficulty with that. "If you don't like a poem," says Roger Stevens in a useful section for teachers and parents at the back of this book "why would you want to remember it?" This book is a very good start for any teacher unsure of how to implement Government advice about learning poems by heart. Armadillo Magazine The poetry collection, with its...careful selection of appropriate poems, should appeal to child readers...a useful addition to primary school library shelves. The School Librarian Roger Stevens does it again with another engaging and enjoyable poetry book...with fun always to the fore. Primary Teacher Update

About the Author

Roger Stevens is a performance poet, author, musician and artist. His poems have appeared in more than one hundred anthologies. Roger performs his poetry in schools, libraries and festivals and runs creative writing workshops for young and old. Roger founded the award-winning Poetry Zone website, which offers young people the chance to publish their poetry on the web and features interviews with well-known writers.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2624 KB
  • Print Length: 112 pages
  • Publisher: A&C Black Childrens & Educational; 1 edition (21 Jun. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #129,805 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy Reading Poems for young children 23 July 2013
By Janej
Last weekend I had my 7 year old grand-daughters for a sleep-over. 'Off By Heart', a collection of children's poetry editied by Roger Stevens, was the perfect bed-time reading - easy to read, and often, funny poems caused lots of giggles. I recognised a number from my childhood reading - poems by Robert Louis Stevenson, Edward Lear and Thackery are among those represented. There are lots of modern poets too - including a comical one by Alan Murphy 'Doggerel' which takes a wee swipe at literary critics!! A collection of his poems Psychosilly is also available on Amazon. The editor, Roger Stevens has the shortest poem, with a very long title - a one word poem entitled 'A Poem That, Despite Being Only One Word Long, Can Sometimes make a Crowd be Quiet and can be Easily Understood by a Baby'!! The book is arranged with the poems gradually getting longer, with the aformentioned poem with 1 line (and word), to the last poem 'The Jumblies' by Edward Lear, with 83 lines.

My one little quibble is that I found the illustrations a bit weak and often without much relevance to the text.

There is an useful section at the back with ''Tips for Learning by Heart and Performing'', which could be very helpful for teachers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars primary 26 Aug. 2013
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a good book to use with my class for them to start learning poetry off by heart
The poems are arranged in number of lines order so they can learn poems with only a few lines and build up to longer and longer poems
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars fine for general reciting 11 Jun. 2014
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As described, however thought it would contain famous poems. Arrived on time and well packaged. Would like to see more popular poems too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stimulating a love of verse in children 7 Aug. 2014
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Another excellent selection of verse for children. Again, will be using some of the poems in my Drama Board's new examinations syllabus to be published in September 2025.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Glad to have it on our shelf for future use 16 Jan. 2015
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Some sweet things to learn by heart but I think more pronounced rhymes and rhythms would help in the early stages
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