Collected Poems for Children
by Ted Hughes
Reviewed by Debbie Tasker
This is a delightful book of poems Ted Hughes wrote throughout his life for children. The book is illustrated by Raymond Briggs who has produced some of the most cherished picture books of our time including Father Christmas, Fungus the Bogeyman and my favourite, The Snowman. So I was very pleased to be given the chance to read this with my children.
The poems are arranged in order of the age group they are aimed at, so start with less complex poems, before moving onto more sophisticated ones for the older reader.
Here is a view from Lottie aged 7: some funny rhymes that made me giggle, I enjoyed the Meet My Folks bit most, especially My Sister Jane and Grandma Poems. We keep reading them again!
Overall, it is a great book that was a joy to read. It would make an excellent present for any age group and is a must for all bookshelves with children.
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