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"Gr. 5 Up...spacious format; a wide variety of poems; and colorful, interpretive illustrations...."--SLJ. "The format is admirable: a handsome sampler of poems, with a short introductory essay, unfamiliar words briefly defined in footnotes, and a few prefatory sentences for each poem to establish context and aid interpretation. 13 of Poe's more accessible poems appear here "Gr. 5 Up...spacious format; a wide variety of poems; and colorful, interpretive illustrations...."--SLJ. "The format is admirable: a handsome sampler of poems, with a short introductory essay, unfamiliar words briefly defined in footnotes, and a few prefatory sentences for each poem to establish context and aid interpretation. 13 of Poe's more accessible poems appear here, including The Raven,' The Bells,' Eldorado,' and Annabel Lee.'...concludes with passages from short stories that highlight Poe's mastery of prose....Cobleigh provides atmospheric art: an arresting picture of The Raven,' a cadaverous ghoul in The Bells,' and a depiction of the narrator of The Tell-Tale Heart' as a deranged Wee Willy Winky."--Kirkus Reviews. ". . . creepy, unnerving, chilling, and fascinating. . ."--Buzz Weekly. 48 pages (all in color), 8 1/2 x 10.


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"Gr. 5 Up...spacious format; a wide variety of poems; and colorful, interpretive illustrations...."--SLJ. "The format is admirable: a handsome sampler of poems, with a short introductory essay, unfamiliar words briefly defined in footnotes, and a few prefatory sentences for each poem to establish context and aid interpretation. 13 of Poe's more accessible poems appear here "Gr. 5 Up...spacious format; a wide variety of poems; and colorful, interpretive illustrations...."--SLJ. "The format is admirable: a handsome sampler of poems, with a short introductory essay, unfamiliar words briefly defined in footnotes, and a few prefatory sentences for each poem to establish context and aid interpretation. 13 of Poe's more accessible poems appear here, including The Raven,' The Bells,' Eldorado,' and Annabel Lee.'...concludes with passages from short stories that highlight Poe's mastery of prose....Cobleigh provides atmospheric art: an arresting picture of The Raven,' a cadaverous ghoul in The Bells,' and a depiction of the narrator of The Tell-Tale Heart' as a deranged Wee Willy Winky."--Kirkus Reviews. ". . . creepy, unnerving, chilling, and fascinating. . ."--Buzz Weekly. 48 pages (all in color), 8 1/2 x 10.

30 review for Poetry for Young People: Edgar Allan Poe

  1. 5 out of 5

    Dolly

    In honor of Edgar Allan Poe's birthday, our local library had a display of some of his books. I found this book and thought that perhaps it might be a good introduction for our girls. I knew that he had died young, but when I read the introduction, I was reminded of the fact that he died at the age of forty. Having reached that milestone recently myself, I was reminded a bit of my own mortality. Ah, the melancholy and macabre poems are getting to me! I was a little surprised at how graphic the d In honor of Edgar Allan Poe's birthday, our local library had a display of some of his books. I found this book and thought that perhaps it might be a good introduction for our girls. I knew that he had died young, but when I read the introduction, I was reminded of the fact that he died at the age of forty. Having reached that milestone recently myself, I was reminded a bit of my own mortality. Ah, the melancholy and macabre poems are getting to me! I was a little surprised at how graphic the descriptions of the poems were. The poems themselves, while somewhat gloomy, could be taken in stride, but I found myself explaining that his stories were often horrific and scary and that his works tended to have a dark theme. We would only read one or two poems each night, as I didn't want our girls to have nightmares. I was a bit uneasy explaining about The Pit and the Pendulum and The Cask of Amontillado, for example. Our oldest took it in stride and seems to be fascinated with the spookiness of the tales. (Perhaps she's almost ready for some R.L. Stine?) But our youngest really didn't like the book at all. Still, I thought it was an interesting collection of his work and overall, I was glad that we were able to read some of his poems and bits of his stories together.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mahrya

    Poetry for Young People: Edgar Allan Poe, edited by Brod Bagert. Sterling Publishing Company, 48 pages. Non-fiction, work of poetry. Description: A sampling of Edgar Allan Poe's poems are presented, along with adapted excerpts from some of his longer prose. The poems are illustrated and briefly annotated. Review: This collection helps young readers ease into poetry that might normally seem too difficult for them to enjoy. Dark, dreamlike illustrations accompany the texts and reflect the dark mood Poetry for Young People: Edgar Allan Poe, edited by Brod Bagert. Sterling Publishing Company, 48 pages. Non-fiction, work of poetry. Description: A sampling of Edgar Allan Poe's poems are presented, along with adapted excerpts from some of his longer prose. The poems are illustrated and briefly annotated. Review: This collection helps young readers ease into poetry that might normally seem too difficult for them to enjoy. Dark, dreamlike illustrations accompany the texts and reflect the dark mood of Poe's writing. This dark, melodramatic mood will appeal to older children who enjoy stories about the supernatural. Because kids might have a hard time deciphering the meaning of these poems, each one is described briefly in a way that sets the stage for readers as they launch into the poems. Unfamiliar words are also pulled out of the text and paired with familiar synonyms. This technique assists readers without making them flip to a glossary for a full definition. The volume is prefaced with a short biography of Poe. It would be helpful for readers not to skip this preface, as it provides a rich context for the poems. Professional Reviews: Katka, Pat. School Library Journal, June 1995. Katka believes that Bagert's annotations detract from the experience of reading a poem. I disagree with this assessment. For children who are just being introduced to Poe, these explanations will help them decipher the poems' meaning. For more advanced readers, the annotations can simply be skipped. I could only find one review for this title.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    I am never disappointed by this series. The biographical introduction is illuminating. The pictures are not amazing, but are often interesting and are aptly disturbing. The annotations are concise and helpful. And I've def. come away with a new appreciation for Poe's talent.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Deborah

    This was a good way to revisit EAP's poetry, and ask myself what kind of a...sentimental? morose? odd?...kid I must've been to have loved him when I was in elementary school. Now, I guess it provides a way to make his poems more accessible to a young audience.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Tandava Brahmachari

    While Poe has some great poems, I don't know that he'd really be one of my top choices for a kids' series. The rhythm and rhyme are nice; the general despair, not so much. I liked the editor's idea of excerpting poetical passages from some of Poe's most famous stories as well, though I'm iffy about the decision to line-break them. It makes them look more like poems, but it's not done in a particularly inspired manner, and since Poe's actual poems are not remotely free verse, it feels like a jarr While Poe has some great poems, I don't know that he'd really be one of my top choices for a kids' series. The rhythm and rhyme are nice; the general despair, not so much. I liked the editor's idea of excerpting poetical passages from some of Poe's most famous stories as well, though I'm iffy about the decision to line-break them. It makes them look more like poems, but it's not done in a particularly inspired manner, and since Poe's actual poems are not remotely free verse, it feels like a jarring style shift. Better to have left them as "prose poems," I think. Some of them worked better than others, though I rather liked the one from "The Masque of the Red Death." Illustrations here are not bad but not great.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lexie Elder

    Genre: Poetry Grade Level: 5th-6th This book may look like it is one that would be appropriate for young children, but the poems in this book are often dark and disturbing. The author does a great job setting up each poem and explaining the meaning of words that may be difficult for children to read. Parents should definitely read poems and especially the introductions before sharing them with their children. For some children who may be sensitive or naturally fearful, this book might best be avoi Genre: Poetry Grade Level: 5th-6th This book may look like it is one that would be appropriate for young children, but the poems in this book are often dark and disturbing. The author does a great job setting up each poem and explaining the meaning of words that may be difficult for children to read. Parents should definitely read poems and especially the introductions before sharing them with their children. For some children who may be sensitive or naturally fearful, this book might best be avoided, but for older children and teens this book could make Poe's poetry more accessible and understandable.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Lovejoy

    I wasn't a particular big fan of Edgar Allan Poe, but quite a number of years ago I had a friend who was. I decided to give Poe another chance. Some of his works actually became favorites of mine. I even memorized his poem, Bells. This book rekindled my interest in Poe. I especially appreciated the introduction which gave me some insights into his life which helps me appreciate his works more.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Royce B

    This book was ok because it was sad. The reading age would probably be 5th grade and up. Edger Allan Poe was a poor child when his dad ran away from him. His mom and wife died. There are poems including The Bells, The Lake, Alone, Annabel Lee, and The Raven. Did he live a very good life? Read the book to find out!!!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Alicia

    This series is accessible and lovely. I love the way it not only gives you a succinct explanation of the poet's life and then has a short summary of each of the poems before reading the poem. The images are spot on, the book is engaging as a whole, and I loved that they included a "poem" within a longer prose story that he had written to show the power of words and imagery.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Cameron Walker

    Some poems in this text might be considered deep for young kids, but there is certainly some great poems by the godfather himself. I like the fact that it includes definitions at the bottom of the pages. There is some great vocabulary, awesome book for poems and learning about Poe himself.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Dawn Laws

    This book is a good introduction to Edgrar Allan Poe's poetry. Each poem has a brief description of what the poem is about along with an illustration. I rated this book 5/5 because it is a good introduction to longer poems and it offers a short description of each.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jenny Johnson

    I love how this little book showcases Poe’s poetry (some well known and others not as much), and does a bit of a deeper delve into what each poem means. It’s great for younger readers. I also think the illustrations are beautiful!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jaina Hope

    I enjoyed reading this book but it took away because I was trying to understand everything that was happening in each poem.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Joanne

    The Bells was my favorite-the tintinabulation!

  15. 4 out of 5

    aarifa

    Appealing poetry book by Edgar Allen Poe that I found! Great read-alouds for children.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Courtney

    Very educational. Before each poem there is an explanation for each, helping those who cannot understand the reading to learn the deeper reasonings behind each pieces.

  17. 5 out of 5

    HowardHomeEd

    Okay, but many poems were incomplete only giving small samples of longer pieces, I just didn't see the point?

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jacqueline Holton

    Poetry for Young People by Edgar Allan Poe is a book of poems by Edgar Allan Poe. It’s for young people from age 8 and up. The poems are based on a big part of Poe's’ life and it reveals his feelings about loneliness, romance and his fight with alcohol. For instance one poem called “The Hop Frog” suggests that Poe knew he had a alcohol problem and he wished that he could be sober, and the poem “Alone” gives us a glimpse into how he really felt alone since childhood. Brod Bagert (the editor) beli Poetry for Young People by Edgar Allan Poe is a book of poems by Edgar Allan Poe. It’s for young people from age 8 and up. The poems are based on a big part of Poe's’ life and it reveals his feelings about loneliness, romance and his fight with alcohol. For instance one poem called “The Hop Frog” suggests that Poe knew he had a alcohol problem and he wished that he could be sober, and the poem “Alone” gives us a glimpse into how he really felt alone since childhood. Brod Bagert (the editor) believes that this series of poems is a good way to show children that there are different types of poems old and knew which teaches appreciation. The illustrations were glossy and colorful some looked like photos while others looked like water colors. I enjoyed his poems because I’ve felt the way he have about love and loneliness at some point in my life. Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein is a book of his poems. There are over 50 poems in this book and they are great. I liked the way he wrote some of his poems they weren’t in the traditional stanza form. For instance there is one without a title but it’s about writing on a giraffes neck (p.107) and Lazy Jane (p.87) which he wrote one word under another. He also has short poems that consisted of only three sentences this one called Drats: Can anyone lend me Two eighty-pound rats? I want to rid my house of cats. that was it. His illustrations are black and white simple drawings but they were tied to the poem. I liked his poems they were funny and entertaining. Harlem by Walter Dean Myers is an African American author who uses poetry to describe what Harlem is like to him. He describes the peoples struggles and what it’s like to live in Harlem. Even though I’m not from Harlem I could relate to some things, like the struggles of the people and the way they relate to each other in their community. He also express his love of Harlem and of his lost dreams. The illustrations are great and colorful with watercolors being the media used. I enjoyed the book immensely.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Brittany

    Summary: This book starts out with a great, in-depth, introduction of the life of Edgar Allan Poe. It then goes into many of the poems written by Poe. Each poem has a brief summary of what the poem is about and some poems are accompanied by a picture. Response: This book gives me a feeling of understanding. I remember when I was back in middle school and started to learn about Edgar Allan Poe. We read "The Raven". I had a feeling of confusion because the poem was so long that I did not understand Summary: This book starts out with a great, in-depth, introduction of the life of Edgar Allan Poe. It then goes into many of the poems written by Poe. Each poem has a brief summary of what the poem is about and some poems are accompanied by a picture. Response: This book gives me a feeling of understanding. I remember when I was back in middle school and started to learn about Edgar Allan Poe. We read "The Raven". I had a feeling of confusion because the poem was so long that I did not understand what was happening. This book really helps because it gives a summary and the formats of the poems are easy to get an understanding of. I really liked that this book gave an overview of Edgar Allan Poe's life (pgs. 4-7). It helps the reader to understand his life and why his poem seems dreary and sad. When you can put yourself in the shoes of the author, it is easier to understand where they are coming from. Classroom Connection: Many ideas came to me when I was reading this book on how I can connect it to a classroom lesson. First of all, it is a great book to introduce more complex poetry. This book, as well as others in its series, can be used to explore various poets. The poems in this book could be used to help students put on a poetry night. The students could practice reciting the poems and perform them for an audience. The summaries in the book could be used to assess the student's understanding of the poems. After the students have read them and come up with their own summary, they can look back to the given summary to see if it matches. A more artistic approach could be to have the students draw pictures of their favorite poems, like the ones in the book. Text Complexity: This book has an interest level of grades 6-8. I would agree with that. Those are the grades that poetry like this is introduced and students in those grades will have a greater appreciation for it. The grade equivalence for this book is 7.1 there is no lexile score for this book. I believe that students grades 6 and up would be able to independently read this book.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Hilton

    In the Edgar Allan Poe version of Poetry For Young People everything is very dark. The pictures and the poems have a very sad and mysterious tone to them. This dark book starts off with background of Edgar Allan Poe this is even a sad story. I love that at the beginning of every poem there is a description to help the reader understand the poem. Kids can read poems all day but it is worthless if they have no idea what is going on. They might as well be reading another language so the description In the Edgar Allan Poe version of Poetry For Young People everything is very dark. The pictures and the poems have a very sad and mysterious tone to them. This dark book starts off with background of Edgar Allan Poe this is even a sad story. I love that at the beginning of every poem there is a description to help the reader understand the poem. Kids can read poems all day but it is worthless if they have no idea what is going on. They might as well be reading another language so the description helps them learn and digest the poem. I even think it will make kids more excited for poems because I know I get discouraged from poems because I do not always know what they are talking about. The pictures in this book are pretty creepy, but that is great because it helps set the dark tone for these poems. For example in The Lake there Are two ghosts holding each other it is very scary but perfect for the tone of the poem. This poem was about lovers and the young man can not accept and deal with the fact that the young woman is dead. I think that it is great that at the bottom of each Poem they explain what confusing words mean. For example they explain that tempter is devil, bedight is well equipped, resolution is determination, and there many other definitions to help the reader out. We need to make poetry appealing to kids so they can have fun with it and learn from it.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Joanna

    Poetry For Young People: Edgar Allen Poe is a small collection of Poe's poems and excerpts from some of his short stories. It includes poems such as "The Raven" and "Annabel Lee" and excerpts from "The Black Cat" and "The Cask of Amontillado". If you aren't familiar with Poe's works (which I think alot of people have heard of, but not really read) then this book is a good introduction to some his most famous works and some of his lesser known works. What's better is that under the title of each Poetry For Young People: Edgar Allen Poe is a small collection of Poe's poems and excerpts from some of his short stories. It includes poems such as "The Raven" and "Annabel Lee" and excerpts from "The Black Cat" and "The Cask of Amontillado". If you aren't familiar with Poe's works (which I think alot of people have heard of, but not really read) then this book is a good introduction to some his most famous works and some of his lesser known works. What's better is that under the title of each poem it gives you this mini paragraph that includes information about the poem such as what it was inspired by, what takes place, or why it was written. The book itself is rather thin in size, but large on page width. The font is readable and the illustrations, my god the illustrations, are beautiful! They're beautifully painted and give you a nice idea of what the poem or excerpts are about. Some of the paintings I think may frighten a very young child, because even though they aren't very Macabre, they're still a little eeriee. That's really the only concern I have with this book, that it comes off as being for children despite the fact that Poe's poems are rather dark with haunting tones in them. Overall, however, the book is great if you're trying to convince someone to read Poe's works or if you want to give him a shot.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ardyth

    I love Poe, so of course I'm naturally inclined to love this. The artwork is gorgeous as well. However... I'm not so sure about the choice to include some of Poe's more poetic prose in the final eight entries. It's not that I hate the idea in principle, exactly -- it's more that I'm not super keen on the nightmares these excerpts of short fiction will produce in an elementary child. Here's the intro to the poem-itized version of Pit and the Pendulum. This passage describes the moment at which a I love Poe, so of course I'm naturally inclined to love this. The artwork is gorgeous as well. However... I'm not so sure about the choice to include some of Poe's more poetic prose in the final eight entries. It's not that I hate the idea in principle, exactly -- it's more that I'm not super keen on the nightmares these excerpts of short fiction will produce in an elementary child. Here's the intro to the poem-itized version of Pit and the Pendulum. This passage describes the moment at which a man is sentenced to death. Later in the story the man is tortured by a deadlu sharp pendulum that swings, like the relentless arm of a giant clock, ever lower above his chest. Yikes? Look, I'm no puritan. I well remember there's an age at which spooky and horrific stories are simply delicious. It's a wonderful phase -- all that squealing and giggling and safely racing heart. Shouldn't be missed. I'm just not sure it coincides with picture book age? This is definitely too much for my kiddo right now at 6yo -- it will be interesting to see whether the picture book format still holds his attention in a couple/few years when that thrill of terror peaks.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sherri Anderson

    Creative works from the emotionally-tortured literary genius Edgar Allan Poe are featured in this collection of poetry and excerpts of short stories, including "The Raven", “The Bells”, and "Annabel Lee." A brief but descriptive biography of Poe's life is included in the book’s introduction. Editor’s notes help students interpret and understand Poe’s writing, as do definitions of the more difficult words. Poems are accompanied by moody illustrations that help make the study of classic poetry les Creative works from the emotionally-tortured literary genius Edgar Allan Poe are featured in this collection of poetry and excerpts of short stories, including "The Raven", “The Bells”, and "Annabel Lee." A brief but descriptive biography of Poe's life is included in the book’s introduction. Editor’s notes help students interpret and understand Poe’s writing, as do definitions of the more difficult words. Poems are accompanied by moody illustrations that help make the study of classic poetry less painful for young adolescent readers. The mystery surrounding Edgar Allan Poe’s persona makes him perfect subject for author study. Poe’s lonely, tragic and short life is an alluring element that pulls young readers into his chilling and melancholy world, where he reigns posthumously as the master of horror. Even students who are reluctant to read poetry will accept an invitation to open this book and enter the darkest reaches of Poe’s demented mind. Undoubtedly, readers who are ushered into the realm of adult literature through Poe’s gateway will be compelled to read longer works by Poe and his contemporaries.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Aliyah Inge-hanif

    Poetry for Young People: Edgar Allan Poe is a collection of works by Edgar Allan Poe edited by Brod Baget and Illustrated by Carolynn Cobleigh. It is intended for the age group eight through twelve. The book has some of Poe’s most famous poems. Each poem has a clear colored illustration and an introduction, so that the reader can better understand it. I am a big Edgar Allan Poe fan, so I love that there is also a book of his great works geared towards children. The illustrations are beautiful and Poetry for Young People: Edgar Allan Poe is a collection of works by Edgar Allan Poe edited by Brod Baget and Illustrated by Carolynn Cobleigh. It is intended for the age group eight through twelve. The book has some of Poe’s most famous poems. Each poem has a clear colored illustration and an introduction, so that the reader can better understand it. I am a big Edgar Allan Poe fan, so I love that there is also a book of his great works geared towards children. The illustrations are beautiful and the font is big and clear so that children do not feel over whelmed. I think it is perfect for late elementary school and early middle school when you are trying to introduce more serious poems to children. It can help to increase vocabulary in older children and it may really engage those who like fantasy and supernatural stories. This particular book however did not get five stars from me, because I feel it may be inappropriate for some children. That is in consideration to how dark some of Poe’s poems are. And educator or parent may want to really gage their child’s level of understanding and maturity before allowing them to read this book.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Linda Lipko

    When in college, a professor who taught American Literature, loved Edgar Allan Poe. I confess that I wasn't drawn to his writings back then, nor am I particularly enamored today. But, I very much like the other books in the Poetry for Young People and want to read all in this series. This book does a wonderful job of providing snippets of information regarding Poe's life and works. Focusing on details of various passages, and, even if the reader doesn't particularly like his poems, Poe can be app When in college, a professor who taught American Literature, loved Edgar Allan Poe. I confess that I wasn't drawn to his writings back then, nor am I particularly enamored today. But, I very much like the other books in the Poetry for Young People and want to read all in this series. This book does a wonderful job of providing snippets of information regarding Poe's life and works. Focusing on details of various passages, and, even if the reader doesn't particularly like his poems, Poe can be appreciated for the fact that he kept with a specific theme throughout his works. Gloom, death, deceit, longing and travail are clearly written in dramatic fashion. Drawing the reader step by step into the basement of horrors that await, Poe sinks into the blackness of life and death. With no hope of sunshine, the reader simply shakes her or his head in pity at the poor, depressed, sad man. A troubled soul, Poe died young as a result of alcoholism. Marrying is 13 year old cousin created quite a stir, and he became well-known, primarily through gossip, and for his epic poem The Raven.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan Ryal

    Poetry for Young People: Edgar Allan Poe was great to read as it was something I haven’t done in many years. This book provided so many poems that I was completely unaware of by Edgar Allen Poe and I ended up reading through the book in no time. There are illustrations on every page, that at first might seem to represent the name of the story, but as you go through it seems as if they represent the “thing” described or attempting to be described. My first concern with the book is it doesn’t leav Poetry for Young People: Edgar Allan Poe was great to read as it was something I haven’t done in many years. This book provided so many poems that I was completely unaware of by Edgar Allen Poe and I ended up reading through the book in no time. There are illustrations on every page, that at first might seem to represent the name of the story, but as you go through it seems as if they represent the “thing” described or attempting to be described. My first concern with the book is it doesn’t leave room for your imagination of what the words represent and forces into the writers meaning. The other concern I had was I expected it to have some changes to be geared more towards children and concepts they would like and relate to easier. With all that said, who doesn’t enjoy reading “The Tell-Tale Heart?”

  27. 5 out of 5

    Titi A

    This book was an anthology of poems written by Edgar Allan Poe, I chose this book because I've heard a lot of great things about Poe's writing, and I wanted to read some of his work. I really enjoyed the poems in this book, I really liked the way Poe described things in his poems. Many of the poems were about love, and I enjoyed the poems because I felt like you could really understand his passion. The poems were also full of emotions. My favorite poems featured in the book are Annabel Lee, Alon This book was an anthology of poems written by Edgar Allan Poe, I chose this book because I've heard a lot of great things about Poe's writing, and I wanted to read some of his work. I really enjoyed the poems in this book, I really liked the way Poe described things in his poems. Many of the poems were about love, and I enjoyed the poems because I felt like you could really understand his passion. The poems were also full of emotions. My favorite poems featured in the book are Annabel Lee, Alone, and For Annie. Another thing that I liked about this book was that it featured some background information on each poem to help increase the reader's understanding. There was also a small glossary under each page of words that might be unfamiliar, this feature also helped me better understand the text.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Johncady

    This is a great compilation of the works of Poe for children just being introduced to Poetry. I am very familiar with Edgar Allen Poe, and "The Raven" is still one of my favorite pieces of poetry ever written. The beginning of this book is a short biography of Poe and an explanation of the choice of Poems and works, which is good to give the reader an impression of who Edgar Allen Poe was. The first poem in the compilation is "Alone" which is in itself a perfect introduction to Edgar Allen Poe a This is a great compilation of the works of Poe for children just being introduced to Poetry. I am very familiar with Edgar Allen Poe, and "The Raven" is still one of my favorite pieces of poetry ever written. The beginning of this book is a short biography of Poe and an explanation of the choice of Poems and works, which is good to give the reader an impression of who Edgar Allen Poe was. The first poem in the compilation is "Alone" which is in itself a perfect introduction to Edgar Allen Poe and his world view, which helps create the setting for all his other works. The illustrations are single powerful images for each poem, and are often chilling, also perfect for representing the works of Poe.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Gross

    This book was interesting to read. First of all, I had already read a few of these poems before so I knew what I was getting in to. Although, reading these poems before didn't help much, because I was still confused about a few of the poems. This book helped so much because it had summaries of what each poem was about. This allows children, and me, to clearly understand what they are reading. There are also a bunch of words in Edgar Allen Poe's poetry that kinds might not understand. In this boo This book was interesting to read. First of all, I had already read a few of these poems before so I knew what I was getting in to. Although, reading these poems before didn't help much, because I was still confused about a few of the poems. This book helped so much because it had summaries of what each poem was about. This allows children, and me, to clearly understand what they are reading. There are also a bunch of words in Edgar Allen Poe's poetry that kinds might not understand. In this book, there are explanations of these words at the bottom of the pages to assist children in reading the poem. If this helped me to understand them better, then I know it will be able to assist children. I would read this book to my 3-4 grade class.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Christina Leone

    Poe, Edgar Allan. Poetry for Young People Edgar Allan Poe. Edited by Bagert, Brod, II. Illustrated by Cobleigh, Carolynn (1995). This is a collection of Poe’s poetry and prose and are taken from his collection of short stories. Some poems are from; “The Masque of the Red Death, The Cask of Amontillado, and The Black Cat.” The majority of the poems are dark, as much as Poe’s work is, and this collection would be an excellent choice during the month of October. The illustrations are brightly color Poe, Edgar Allan. Poetry for Young People Edgar Allan Poe. Edited by Bagert, Brod, II. Illustrated by Cobleigh, Carolynn (1995). This is a collection of Poe’s poetry and prose and are taken from his collection of short stories. Some poems are from; “The Masque of the Red Death, The Cask of Amontillado, and The Black Cat.” The majority of the poems are dark, as much as Poe’s work is, and this collection would be an excellent choice during the month of October. The illustrations are brightly colored and often set adjacent to the poem itself. Cobleigh is able to capture the poem’s feeling and essence with her illustrations which can entice even reluctant readers of poetry. Target audience: grades 7-9.

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