Friday, December 9, 2011

Story Poems good for Readers' Theatre

The Oxford Book of Story PoemsThe Oxford Book of Story Poems by Michael Harrison

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A thoughtfully compiled book of story poems, many of which will not be immediately familiar but are worth knowing. The illustrations add just the right note, a blend of black and white sketches and colorful spreads. Opening with the brief Fairy Story by Stevie Smith proving that a story poem need not be long to be effective. I think a good deal of these would be very effectively transformed into readers' theatre for performance.

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