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Poems and Rhymes
Celebrate the joy of books by starting to read poems as early as your child can hear your own voice, the minute you can hold him or her in your arms.

A Kick in the Head : An Everyday Guide to Poetic Forms

by Paul B. Janeczko

Illustrated by Chris Raschka

Candlewick 2005

Ages: 7 to 10

Topic: Poems and Rhymes

Following their starred book, A Poke in the I, which focused on concrete poems, this special volume explores poetic forms, all 29 of them, one or two poems per spread. This is an incredible resource for your child and especially for writer’s workshop in schools. It can be used as a primer for beginning and budding poets. The parade of creative collage and pen and ink illustrations marches through the pages and accents each poem perfectly.

I have been a fan of Chris Raschka’s impressive art design even before he received the Caldecott award earlier this year.

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