Whisper and Shout by Patrice Vecchione
Poems to Memorize

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From John Updike’s “Player Piano” to Walt Whitman’s “I Hear America Singing,” from Lucille Clifton’s “the earth is a living thing” to Gelett Burgess’s “The Purple Cow,” these poems tumble from children’s tongues and dance with their tapping toes. Whether joyous, rhythmic, solemn, or simple silly fun, poetry learned by heart has a lasting claim on children’s affections and a permanent home in their hearts. The introduction includes tips for teaching kids how to memorize poems. Vecchione presents a selection of verses with rhythms, themes, and wordplay that especially appeal to middle graders.

About Patrice Vecchione

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Patrice Vecchione is the editor of "Truth and Lies: An Anthology of Poems" for young adults, several adult anthologies, and the author of a collection of poems and the recently published "Writing and the Spiritual Life," For more than twenty years, Ms. Vecchione has taught poetry to children and adults in schools, libraries, and community centers through her program The Heart of the Word. She lives in Del Rey Oaks, California.
Published March 7, 2002 by Cricket Books/Marcato. 64 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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She suggests that there are poems to keep to oneself and poems to recite to one’s friends, loud poems and quiet ones, funny or sad, each with its own virtues.

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