Press Release: The Folio Book of Children’s Poetry

The Folio Book of Children’s Poetry

Exclusive to The Folio Society

Introduced by Penelope Lively
Illustrated by Lesley Barnes

‘This collection is deliberately and enjoyably various: here are short poems, long poems, funny poems, serious poems’
penelope lively

Introduced by Booker Prize-winning author Penelope Lively, the anthology includes poetry written specifically for children, by writers including Spike Milligan, Roald Dahl and Russell Hoban, as well as entries chosen to appeal to their naturally enquiring natures. From the elephant who got tangled in his telephant to the Hag riding out with the Devil, Ted Hughes’s Crow, Eliot’s Macavity and the ever-mysterious Esau, practically every essential character from children’s poetry can be found in this collection.

As Penelope Lively says in her insightful introduction: ‘Children savour language – words, new words, unfamiliar words, challenging words’. The 88 poems in this anthology have been carefully selected to introduce younger readers to the infinite possibilities of language through a broad range of themes – animals, nature, moral dilemmas – and the writers’ mastery of language allows children to find their own meanings and ensures the poems will stay with young readers.

Alphabetically arranged, the anthology moves fluidly between centuries and styles, from A. E. Housman’s ‘The African Lion’ through to Sir Walter Scott’s ‘Young Lochinvar’. No writer has more than one entry so the collection is wide and varied. It offers a wonderful introduction to poetry in a beautiful gifting edition that will be a companion for life.

Our fine edition includes 54 illustrations by Lesley Barnes, an award winning animator and illustrator whose work appears regularly in children’s magazines Anorak and OKIDO. Motifs and smaller illustrations are woven throughout the poems to visually engage children as they explore the edition, and Barnes has also designed the distinctive animal themed blocked binding that features glow-in-the-dark varnish.

Product information
Bound in blocked cloth and with glow-in-the-dark varnish. Set in Bembo Book with Latin display. 192 pages. Colour title-page spread and 54 integrated colour illustrations. Printed endpapers. Blocked slipcase with glow-in-the-dark varnish. 10˝ x 7½˝.

UK £44.95 US $69.95 Can $88.95 Aus $99.95


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