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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; New Ed edition (5 Oct. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 019276344X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192763440
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 1.5 x 18.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 385,191 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael Harrison was born and educated in Oxford and later went to Durham University, where he gained a BA in Philosophy. He then taught at a farm school in North Queensland, Australia as a member of the Bush Brotherhood. He milked the herd of cows daily and travelled the bush taking services and funerals. Michael returned to Oxford to get a teaching qualification (A.C.E.) at the University, and has since taught in Hartlepool, London, and now in Oxford.

He has written for his own pleasure for as long as he can remember but now finds, to his surprise, that people will pay him for it.

Michael is married with two sons and lives in Oxford.

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Stunning for reading aloud, this is a remarkable and refreshing collection of poems that tell a story. (The Daily Telegraph)

a thoroughly good-looking anthology (TES)

Compiling anthologies is skilled work. Christopher Stuart-Clark and Michael Harrison have excelled themselves here . . . What library, school, or family could afford to be without it? (The Sunday Times)

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A wonderful book of story poems-now reissued in paperback

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Karen on 10 Jan. 2009
Format: Paperback
Not really sure what to make of this book. I wanted a book of poems to read to my daughter. Looking at the index I recognised some of the poets but not many of the titles of the poems but decided to give it a try anyway. When it arrived I found the majority of the poems were not suitable for children. The illustration on the front indicates that it is a children's book but I can't believe it is appropriate for the suggested age range of 4 - 8 unless you are raising a child prodigy. Not recommended.
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By Ms. F. Connell on 16 Oct. 2010
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I first discovered this book whilst training to teach English. The best piece of advice my mentor gave me was to get a good well illustrated poetry book. I could not have found a better example and it has lasted me well through my teaching career thus far. I was delighted to find a whole host of treats all inside this one volume. From the Jabberwocky to Noah's Ark it holds so many childhood favourites with works from most of my favourite poets. When I was asked to be godparent I couldn't think of a better christening gift. As for the reviews which suggest that this is unsuitable for children, what a load of rubbish! I enjoyed most of these poems as a child, even before I could read them independently I enjoyed hearing them read to me and learnt many by heart. Unless you believe in dumbing down children's literary experience his is a deserving read for adults and children alike.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Charlotte on 14 Feb. 2009
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Don't buy this book for your 4-8 year old - what are Amazon thinking of? Buy it for your 8-12 year old. Any older and they'll think it looks babyish because it's illustrated (and the title), but it's full of brilliant poems which will bring them pleasure all their lives if you can get them hooked.
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A Fabulous Addition 13 Mar. 2011
By KatyM - Published on Amazon.com
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Sick of reading board books, I bought this one. What a delight. Even my husband, a non-reader, will join us for bedtime now as I read these marvelous poems to my 10-month-old. He doesn't yet understand the words, but the beauty of the English language is seeping into his mind, and I am enjoying these read-alouds to him.
The illustrations in this volume are inconsistent, and not credited as far as I can see, but the poems are well-chosen and have a nice mix of old and new. This is a British book so this is largely with Brit poets, but that is no bad thing, and we find Browning's Piet Piper here, all to the good.
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The best ever 6 Feb. 2013
By Judi - Published on Amazon.com
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This was a gift. I chose it because the recipient loves story poems and when she received it, she was so exicited; said it was the best ever and she would keep it forever. She could not stop talking about how wonderful it was.
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