Sing a Song of Popcorn: Every Child 's Book of Poems (hc): Every Child's Book Of Poems

by Beatrice Schenk de Regniers (Editor)

Hardcover, 1988



Local notes

811 de R




Scholastic Press (1988), 142 pages


A collection of 115 poems by a variety of well-known authors with illustrations by nine Caldecott medalists.

Original language


Physical description

142 p.; 11.32 inches

User reviews

LibraryThing member Megan08m
Sing a Song of Popcorn Every Child’s Book Of Poem selected by nine Caldecott Medal artists Marcia Brown, Leo and Diane Dillon, Richard Egielski, Trina Schart Hyman, Arnold Lobel, Maurice Sendak, Marc Simont and Margot Zemach. This book has a variety of poems. Starting on page 13 until 36 are
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poems about weather. There is a poem on rain and clouds and snow. There is a poem on the first snow, on snowflakes and one called The More it Snows. It is a good book to read to children on all ages.
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LibraryThing member mrindt
This superb collection of 128 poems, rhymes, and bits of nonsense is illustrated by nine Caldecott Medal artists. In this anthology of poems, children will enjoy the bright pictures and engaging verses, and teachers and parents will enjoy the categorized chapters. This book would be great for
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thematic units, such as weather.
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LibraryThing member jromero3
Summary: This book ranges from ancient to contemporary poems. It includes spooky poems, such as "The Pumpkin" by Robert Graves. This is a spooky little poem about a "resurrected" pumpkin after it was supposed to have been sliced up for a pie. This book also includes story poems, such as "The
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Gingerbread Man" by Rowena Bennett. This is a poem about a runaway gingerbread man that eventually gets eaten by a fox at the end of the poem.

Personal Reaction: I like the variety of poems included throughout this book. It has some good poems I've never heard of as well as the ones that I remember from my own childhood. For example, I remember "Amelia Bedelia", which still makes me smile at how the character takes everything literally.

Classroom Extension Ideas: 1) After reading "The Pumpkin", I could have the class plant their own pumpkin seeds in a small container (i.e., milk carton) that they will later take home. 2) After reading "The Gingerbread Man" (probably around Christmas), I could have the class work together to decorate one big gingerbread man and then afterwards, of course, we could eat it.
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LibraryThing member JessShaffer
A Pig Tale
By James Reeves


This was a poem about Jane Higgins and how she losses all her piggins.

Personal Reaction

It was a funny rhyme about how she loses her pigs but it's kind of sad at the end.

Until I Saw the Sea
By Lilian Moore


It talks about how the person discovered the sea and
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how it has different characteristics.

Personal Reaction

This would be a good poem to start out when learning about the sea and how the sun, wind, and everything can reflect it.

Classroom Extension Ideas

1. Learn about pigs and their natural habitat
2. Learn about the sea
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LibraryThing member KelseyShackelford
Poem 1: A Pig Tale-James Reeves
A short poem about how a woman loses all of her pigs.

Personal Reaction:
I thought this was sad, I don't think it is something I would read to young children.

Poem 2: Beginning on Paper-Ruth Krauss
A short poem about a girl who is starting to write her
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name everywhere.

Personal Reaction:
It was cute, I think to read to kids starting to write they might see that writing your name is fun.

Classroom Extension Ideas:
1)Read the writing poem when starting to really practice writing to show that it is fun and you can practice almost anywhere.
2)Use the whole book to pick a poem with the topics you are teaching and introduce the students to poetry.
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LibraryThing member VictoriaHernandez
Summary: Simply put this is a poem about time and how fast it can get way from you. Or how slowly it can creep by like a snail with his house on his head. This talks about time as it is something that you should value as you don't know how much or how little time you have.

Reaction: Honestly I
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chose this poem because I thought it was rather funny and true. It reminds me of how much time I could have spent and should have spent with my family members.

1. I think to teach a math lesson on time itself would be useful as some children have trouble grasping the concept.
2. Having the children write their own poems about time something like Time Is....
3. Give children little cardboard clocks to practice on at their own desks.
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LibraryThing member VictoriaHernandez
Summary: The poem I read was about weather. It talks about how whether it is hot or cold or spring or summer or fall that any weather is better than no weather at all. It could be snowing or blowing a hurricane that the weather is important no matter how it arrives.

Reaction: I think this poem
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would be perfect for a classroom in southwest Oklahoma as we don't get much weather here at all. It's either hot and muggy or crazy cold and it's hard to find days that are just right. Simply because anyone that lives here knows the weather changes every five minutes or so they say.

1. A weather unit how weather affects the area the students live in.
2. Have students draw a weather cycle how rain falls and then is evaporated students could draw the process.
3. Depending on the season the students could measure the amount of rain or snow depending on where they are. That could be a math lesson as well.
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LibraryThing member Stsmurphy
A collection of poems by a variety of well-known poets with illustrations by nine Caldecott medalists.
LibraryThing member jfe16
An updated collection of the originally-titled “Poems Children Will Sit Still For: a Selection for the Primary Grades” with Caldecott Medal winning-artists illustrating each section:

“Fun with Rhymes” illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman
“Mostly Weather” illustrated by Marcia Brown
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Poems” illustrated by Margot Zemach
“Story Poems” illustrated by Maurice Sendak
“Mostly Animals” illustrated by Arnold Lobel
“Mostly People” illustrated by Marc Simont
“Mostly Nonsense” illustrated by Richard Egielski
“Seeing, Feeling, Thinking” illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon
“In a Few Words” illustrated by Marcia Brown

The poems run the gamut from silly to intriguing; Pauline Clarke’s “My Name Is . . .” is sure to delight young readers with its silly names like Sluggery-wuggery, Jiggery-pokery, and Riddle-me-re while Robert Frost’s classic “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” will evoke thoughts of snowy days and winter woods. Some, like Langston Hughes’s “Winter Moon” or Carl Sandberg’s “Arithmetic” will be instantly recognizable to readers; others, like Karla Kuskin’s “I Have a Lion” or Richard Armour’s “Pachycephalosaurus” are sure to become a young reader’s new-found favorites.

Read it [aloud, please] for the words and the rhymes, explore the pictures . . . this is a book to return to again and again and again.

Several indexes follow the poems: Index of Titles, Index of First Lines, Index of Authors; a brief piece about each of the illustrators is also included.

Highly recommended.
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