Poems Aloud

Publisher: Wide Eyed Editions

The aim of this dynamic collection of verse is to bring poetry alive, both for the reader and their audience. There are tongue twisters to master and riddles to decipher, poems to read alone and others to perform in a group, all with an emphasis on being read aloud.

Each poem is accompanied by practical suggestions about a variety of performance techniques. Children are encouraged to experiment with a range of voices for each poem. For example, would a lion speak differently than a frog or an ant? How would inanimate objects sound, such as a pencil case or slime? Do some poems have more impact if they are whispered or shouted? Does varying the tone, pace or volume of a poem change the atmosphere?

The distinctive illustrations are bold and joyful, adding to the drama and humour of the text. Perfect to encourage children to develop a love of poetry and performance, this inspiring picture book anthology would make a fabulous gift and a valuable addition to any classroom.

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