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A highly entertaining listen as well as an essential classroom and library resource, this audio collection features approximately 40 poems performed by some of the UK's top children's poets. The focus is on poems that come to life in performance and meet the needs of the classroom teacher particularly at KS2 in terms of delivering the Literacy Hour requirements for poetry. Paul Cookson, Michael Rosen, Andrew Fusek Peters, Pie Corbett, Wes Magee, and John Rice are just some of the outstanding poets that are included, and strongly represented are poets and poems from ethnic minorities whose work is more readily appreciated in performance than on the printed page, eg. John Agard, Valerie Bloom, Debjani Chatterjee and Adisa. Brian Moses, the doyen of performance poets for children especially in schools, has compiled this collection to not only demonstrate the richness and excitement of poetry (many of the poems are accompanied by atmospheric music and sound effects) but to meet a wide variety of curriculum needs.
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Brian Moses is a poet and author of books for children. Formerly a teacher himself, he also writes resource books for teachers. When not writing at home, he travels to schools, libraries, bookshops and festivals throughout the country where he runs writing workshops and performs his poetry. He lives in Sussex with his wife and two daughters.Review:
Original and well worth a listen -- The Sunday Times 20031130 Plenty here to entertain and stimulate children of all ages. A few stand out... A collection worth having. -- School Librarian 20040601 [Valerie Bloom's] work adds quality to an entertaining enterprise with several high spots ... The outstanding item, for me, is John Agard's magnificent reading of Blakes's 'TheTyger' with discreet but atmospheric background music. I can't imagine a group of children not being collectively enthralled by this. It would make the perfect opening to an assembly. -- Times Educational Supplement 20040109 The compositions work best when read aloud (and this is emphasised when listening to the CD) and offer good opportunity for Key Stage 2 pupils to enact their own recitation performances at assemblies or concerts .. An innovative book (and audio CD) that is bound to be a hit with 7 to 11 year-olds. -- Scholastic Best Books 20041001 Certain to prove popular ... fun and definitely delivers the goods. -- Carousel 20040404
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