Poetry For Young People: Robert Frost

by Robert Frost

Other authorsGary D. Schmidt (Editor), Henri Sorensen (Illustrator)
Paperback, 2000



Call number

811 Fro

Call number

811 Fro

Local notes

811 Fro




Scholastic Inc. (2000), Paperback, 48 pages


A collection of poems about the four seasons by one of best-known American poets.


Original publication date


Physical description

48 p.; 10.2 inches

User reviews

LibraryThing member annabelle5585
Editor Gary Schmidt compiles some of Robert Frost's works into a collection of poetry related to the four different seasons. These antiquated poems describe in detail the various colors and feelings evoked with each of the seasons. Frost paints a picture of a crisp fall day in the poem "October".
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He states, "O hushed October morning mild, thy leaves have ripened to the fall; tomorrow's wind, if it be wild, should waste them all."

He uses similes in conjunction with unfamiliar vocabulary in a way that may be foreign to some children, but should inspire them to articulate thoughts using a different perspective. "A note as from a single place, a slender tinkling fall that made, now drops that floated on the pool like pearls, and now a silver blade."

I like the way Frost uses words as if they are dancing with one another. It may be more difficult to interpret his poems than say the works of Dr. Seuss or Jack Prelutsky, but I think it is important for students to be able to think critically to dissect and interpret the meanings behind his poems.
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LibraryThing member jmeggan
My favorite poem by Robert Frost is the Road Not Taken. If you really think and ponder over it, it has a great message.
LibraryThing member kaiserestates
This is a book that is a group of poems that has been written by Robert Frost. Robert Frost has a very interesting style and it is one that people either like or dislike.
LibraryThing member aprilbrittain
Poetry for Young People is a collection of poems about nature and animals. The cow in the Apple Time depicts a story of a cow not eating grass but the apples that had fallen from the trees thus causing her to stop producing milk. A Patch of Old Snow describes what a patch of snow looks like on the
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ground at the end of winter and reflects on a past memory by the author.

I had trouble reading some of the poetry in this book because I have normally shyed away from poetry. As I read more of the poems in this book I began to take more interest because with the addition of the notes on the bottom of each page I could understand more of what was going on in the poems. The notes are truly helpful when one is having trouble reading and understanding the poems written in the book.

I would use this book as an introduction to poetry with the notes that are printed at the bottom of each poem. This could also be read as a companion to a lesson on nature and the seasons changing from fall to winter with all the beautiful pictures.
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LibraryThing member AngMarWilson
This poem is about closing the windows because winter has approached. It described how the birds would not be singing for awhile and the marshes would dry up. It also described how the trees would be silent because they would have no leaves to swish in the wind.

I thought the poems from this book
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were great. They perfectly went together and changed as the seasons do. The illustrations in this book were very vivid and beautiful!

Poetry is a great way to help students develop writing skills. I would help each student create their own poem regarding their favorite season. I would then have my students share their poem with the class.
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LibraryThing member cmullenix
This is a book with a collection of poems by Robert Frost. It is the classic poetry taught in most high schools. This particular book breaks the poems into sections according to the season of the year. I like this book but think that some children would find it boring or too hard to understand.
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read this book to by class at school once. The kids did enjoy the poems after some explanation of them. It was diff=icult for them to understand on their own what was being talked about.
This would be a great book for understadning structure of poetry. Thems of poems could be taught along with symbolism used in the poems. It's a great book to use with a classic poetry unit.
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LibraryThing member olive_mucho
The series of poems is about all the seasons and involves animals. The two poems I read out of Roberts Frost’s book is “Now Close the Window” and “The Pasture.” Bothe poems are about the change in seasons. The Pasture is about a cow and her young baby calf and the process of the season
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change. The other poem “Now Close the Window” is about the change in winter and that the season brings cold and the windows need to be closed.

I also would use this book when my students recognize a change in weather. For instance, when winter is creeping on us I will pull out a poem about the winter and same with summer spring and fall. I also would have the students draw a picture of all the season in one and have the picture collages together and make a class room poem.

The story does not really relate to me because I do not always understand what the poem means, all the time. But, I do appreciate Robert for his hard work. I would have a really hard time writing a large book like he has and I do acknowledge his poems as art.
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LibraryThing member MrzDee
This book seperates Robert Frost poetry into four sections: Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring. The first poem I am gonna talk about is The Pasture. The Pasture was written for the Summer collection. He request the reader to see things of summer in a new light. Frost wants to cature the experience of a
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pasture in the summer.
In the Autumn, Robert Frost describes " a late walk". Frost wants young people to reflect on summer evenings in autumn by showing a small detail of a summer flower.

Illustrations are done in watercolor by Henri Sorensen and are full of bright colors oranges, greens, and browns. He emphasizes the distinguished seasons with detail in colorizations.
An activity to play with children is to create a seasonal book detailing what happens in the seasons. Another activity might be to take a walk and then show and tell and describe what season children are in .
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LibraryThing member bbohard
This book has a large series of poems that are divided up by seasons. "A Prayer in Spring", is my favorite poem of the series because it is a prayer asking to have beauty in each day as it was on a particular spring day. A summary is given at the end of each poem, which is helpful since many of
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these poems are hard for children to understand.

I'm not partial to introducing Robert Frost poetry to young children, because when I was in the fourth grade, each student in my class had to memorize and recite "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost. I find it silly that as fourth graders we were memorizing a poem that we did not understand at all. That experience made me not want to introduce poetry to children unless they could depict it and understand what it means.

If I were to use this book in my classroom with young children, I would probably use the pictures in the book to explain the different seasons. I would also chose stanzas from the poems that they could understand to describe the seasons.
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LibraryThing member szierdt
With poems organized under the themes of seasons, the notable Robert Frosts poetry is compiled to encourage begining appreciation for poetry. This collection would couple well with Dark Emperor as it lacks the scientific element, students could add it themselves after engaging with the Dark
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Emperor. Many opportunities to explore new vocabulary and reflect on the meaning of passages and poems. Be sure to come up with questions before to help children extract more meaning and relevance from stories. Also, is a cultural reflection of Frost's time and experience. For this reason, historical elements could be further explored.
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LibraryThing member haygirl7
This book is a classic collection full of children's poems by the famous poet Robert Frost. This book is written according to the seasons of the year. Poems of autumn starts off with a delightful poem entitled "The Last Word of a Bluebird." It is about a child and a little bluebird she
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befriends. The last season in the book, spring, begins with "A Prayer in Spring". This poem is about the very beginning of spring and the glorious beauty of a spring day.

Personal Reaction;
I am already a fan of Robert Frost so this book had already appealed to me. I really enjoyed the poems of fall because it is my favorite season. The illustrations were very beautiful.

Classroom Extension Ideas;
1. I would read a poem from each season during that specific season to my class. The class would study different seasonal poems during each season.

2. I would read some poems aloud to my class and have them illustrate their favorite season according to peoems from the book.
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LibraryThing member bnlmoore
This book is writes about the seasons of the year and uses poems by Robert Frost. This book is so great because it incorporates historical and famous poems that I feel young children need to be aware of. The book starts with poems about fall. The illustrations in this book are also beautiful. This
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would be a great book to introduce poetry to students with read alouds.
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LibraryThing member MaddieDeMarcus
This book is a collection of many different poems, but they are all about different seasons of the year. For example, "The Last Word of a Bluebird" is about a bluebird and how it changes to the Autumn season. Another example, "Now Close The Windows" is a poem about the wind. Also it is
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about not being about to hear the birds anymore because it is now winter and they have all left.

I really thought this book of poems does a good job of showing what goes on during each season of the year, but at the same time I would read this book to older kids. Some of the poems are somewhat deep, and I don't think that five and six year olds would be able to fully understand what is being talked about. I did enjoy looking at all the pictures that show the seasons.

1. Do art projects over the different seasons
2. As a class, break down each season and when it occurs. Find all the animals that are around during those seasons.
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LibraryThing member KristieK
This book was a compilation of Robert Frost's poetry. It was edited for young people. It has many poems about the seasons and the sights of those seasons.

I did not like this book. I guess I am not really into this style of poetry. I did like the last line from "The Road not Taken." It says, "I
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took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.

I don't think I will ever use this book in my class. If I do, I would use it with a seasons unit.
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LibraryThing member brownkatie
Summary: His poems are mostly about nature in this collection. One that spoke to me was "October" it is about the season changing, leaves falling. It is also talking about wanting to keep this weather and put off the chilly winter weathers.

Personal Reaction: I love nature so i enjoyed reading a
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lot of these poems. I also enjoyed how to the side or on the other page he would explain where he got the idea for the poem. I think this would be a good collection to have in the classroom.

Classroom Extensions:
1. Read "October" during fall and have students go outside and find a cool leaf and then have them illustrate the leaf for art time and research to discover which type of leave it is and which tree it came from
2. Have students create a poem about their favorite season of the year.
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LibraryThing member JasmineOehler
This book is a collection of Robert Frost's poetry.

Personal Reaction:
This is a great way to introduce works from famous poets to children. I like Robert Frost's work because it's about nature and seasons.

Classroom Extensions:
1. Have children draw illustrations to go along with a selected
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2. Have students make a poem about their favorite season.
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LibraryThing member awhite43
I enjoyed "Poetry for Young People: Robert Frost" illustrated by Henri Sorensen. I liked Sorensen's illustrations which are like small paintings that accompany each poem. The artwork of the storm accompanying Storm Fear and fall woods for The Road Not Taken recreate the feelings of staring out the
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window into a rough storm almost able to see the wind as it blows and walking a dirt path n the woods only to find that it divides forcing you to choose a direction to take. I have always enjoyed the Road Not Taken but I really enjoyed the Mending Wall and Good Hours the latter reminded me of jogging by myself at night and seeing houses with lights on and knowing that every one was home for the night and not made it feel as if I wasn't while I ran. The Mending Wall and the line "good fences make good neighbors" has always reminded me of the fence we had with our neighbors outside my childhood home and as teenager after reading this in class how much I always liked the neighbors who owned the fence better than the ones that lived beside us, without one. Their many ideas in this book but I enjoyed the introduction of the book which explained that T.S. Eliot had once said that Frost while from New Hampshire wrote poems that were important everywhere. I think that Frost writes in a way that takes great appreciation for simple things and the value of nature.
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LibraryThing member spring.rainbow
This book is a collection of poems written by Robert Frost. In this book are poems from each season. There is summer, autumn, winter and spring. Each poem describes that particular season. Some are about flowers and gardens while some are about snow and wood piles. Robert Frost uses many
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different ways to describe nature and the people among it.

Personal Reaction:
I liked reading this book of poetry. I attempted to write poetry myself when I was younger. I really like the way Robert Frost writes the poems. I read the poem "A Girl's Garden", and "A Time To Talk". In the first poem, a little girl wants to take care of a garden of her own and then abandons it along the way. She then tries to take credit for working the garden. This teaches about responsibility. In the second poem I read, another gardener takes time to talk to a friend passing by who slows down to just say hi. This teaches about true friendship and the importance of nurturing it.

Extension Ideas:
1. Have the class write down in a journal what they thought the poems meant and then discuss as a class.
2. Have the class write a poem of their own and give to a friend.
3. Have the class draw and color pictures regarding the four seasons and nature. Post the pictures on the wall outside the classroom.
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LibraryThing member Shoshanabrmsn
This collection of poems put together by Robert Frost, was about nature in different locations and the seasons. Each poem was accompanied by a water painting.
LibraryThing member Jessie32
This story is just gorgeous. The poems talk about the seasons and the changes that occur. Robert Frost is a inspiring poet for young children. I would recommend this for 2nd graders and up. I have used it with my preschoolers to show the pictures and talk about what changed from the seasons. It's a
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peaceful read!
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LibraryThing member Nall0705
• Summary of content/review: Some of Frost’s most appropriate and intriguing works are collected here for the enjoyment of children.
• Evaluation: Frost uses an extensive amount of metaphors to convey his point and feelings to the reader. He conveys his purpose through metaphors.
• Target
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audience: 5th-6th grades
• Connection to classroom: I would use this work when examining author’s purpose.

Genre: Poetry

RI.5.10 By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 4–5 text complexity band independently and proficiently
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LibraryThing member kacieforest
3.The “Poetry for Young People Robert Frost” is a book full of poems about the four seasons which brings all human senses to life. The poems take readers to all parts of the world and presents exquisite color illustrations and gracious notes about nature. I adore this book of poetry because it
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is unique in several ways. As I read the book, I resolved the message: to adore and appreciate poetry and nature itself. To begin, the layout of the book is beneficial for both younger and older audiences. I like how the contents are evenly displayed under poems about each season of the year: summer, autumn, winter, and spring. Next, the book introduces Robert Frost and his New England Life on two pages. This descriptive introduction sets up the reader for the poetry about the seasons that Robert had experienced in the New England area. By doing so, I was able to grasp the reasons for the language, writing, and illustrations of the poetry in the book. As you explore the poems, each one includes an illustration of nature. For instance, the poems of summer include, cows, flowers, light green grasses, sunsets, light blue skies, gardens, and rivers. The illustrations stimulate the readers’ senses of summer, overall. Next, the poems of autumn include red leaves, blue birds, orange colored forests, apple orchards, darker skies, and farmers just standing around. Again, these scenes embrace your senses about autumn. I like how each poem includes an author’s note which in short describes his entire poem. The poems are more difficult reads, so the short notes in the corner help to wrap up the idea of each poem. In addition, the poems broaden reader’s comprehension of seasons and how they respond to human senses.
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LibraryThing member ndange1
I liked this book for many reasons. First, the illustrations in the story correlated beautifully with the poems being told. Although the pictures are not vivid and extremely detailed, it still allows the reader to have a picture to go along with the poem. I like the writing in this story because of
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the different types of poems there are. There four sections of the book: summer, autumn, winter, and spring. I like how there are at least six poems for each season. This helps a reader get a feel for the writers feelings towards each season. The language can be challenging for readers in the younger grades, which is why I recommend it to students between 3rd-6th grade. The message of this book is for students to grasp the seasons in a way through words. When a teacher is teaching students about poetry, this is a good book for them to read to show how meaningful some of these poems are.
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LibraryThing member S_Trevor
Robert Frost is an amazing poet. Reading this collection of poetry about the seasons makes me really feel what Frost is discussing. The section on summer has some really engaging art in particular, and makes me excited for the coming months. Under the poems, there are little blurbs that help the
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emerging poetry fan understand some of the meaning and context behind Frost's work. This is a great early poetry book. A good read-aloud, especially for someone talented at bringing voices to life.
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LibraryThing member 1derlys
A collection of Robert Frost's poems to fill your mind with natural beauty. Great reads for 4-5th grade because of understanding imagery.




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