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The Ring of Words: An Anthology of Poetry for Children Paperback – 4 Oct 1999
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As with Bugs Bunny and the Simpsons, children will love the poems in The Ring of Words: An Anthology of Poetry for Children, but adults will truly savour them. McGough covers all the pertinent subjects of childhood: fear (of falling through slats in bridges, of being bullied, of everything), playgrounds, dunces, homework, snowballs, ghosts and going to bed, to name but a few. And, in poems such as Jo Shapcott's "Cat in the Tumble Drier" the not so pertinent as well:
I start to beg andHere you will find your favourite classics (Blake's "The Tyger", Keats' "Ozymandias", Frost's "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" and Lewis Carroll's "Jabberwocky"),along with soon-to-be favourites like Pauline Clarke's "My Name is...":
fur hot and frizzy and
head's gone sizzle dizzy and
you're there through the glass and
more hankies whizz past and
Oh Oh Oh
the drier starts to slow
my fur starts to spark and
the pillow-cases bark and
the nightdress winks and
the clean wash sinks
to a stop
My name is Sluggery-wuggeryThis is a collection for every child (and adult) who has ever been afraid, sleepless, full of questions, full of life. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
My name is Worms-for-tea
My name is Swallow-the-table-leg
My name is Drink-the-Sea.
My name is I-eat-saucepans
My name is I-like-snails
My name is Grand-piano-George
My name is I-ride-whales.
My name is Jump-the-chimney
My name is Bite-my-knee
My name is Jiggery-pokery
And Riddle-me-ree, and ME.
About the Author
Roger McGough is an award-winning poet and broadcaster. He writes poetry for both adults and children, and presents Radio 4's Poetry Please. He was awarded an OBE for services to poetry in 1997 and a CBE in 2004. He was honoured with the Freedom of the City of Liverpool in 2001.
Top customer reviews
The Ring of Words is a beauty. From cover to cover I savoured every morsel and then I read it again!
Aesthetically this book is incredibly pleasing. The brightly coloured cover illustration is quiet and tender and welcomes you in. Text is balanced throughout with lively, striking and funny illustrations.
The poetry in this book is so enticing, Roger McGough has put together a mix that is real magic. Everything is here: love, confusion, fun, nonsense, loss and more than anything hope. There is a strong theme also of the power of words and how they can be our armour and our sanctuary as we grow up. Issues relevant to children like bullying and divorce are well represented here and conveyed in a punchy and enlightening way. (Stevie Scared and Two of Everything really stand out). I gave this book to a nine year old I know (and love very much). His major interests in life are football and Pokemon cards. He read the poems avidly and understood them and laughed and thought. He carried on reading them after I had gone home. That, to me, illustrates the power of this book, that it connects easily to modern kids and that they love the poems. I hope I have communicated my enthusiasm for this terrific collection. I really can't recommend this book highly enough, buy it for the children in your life and the grown ups too. Buy it for people you love, spread the word, it really is a cracker!