Sweet and full of wonder, from catchy to quiet, children's poems captivate readers of all ages. Here, familiar nursery rhymes and folk songs join poetry selections from many traditions. Recall old favorites and discover new poems, from Poland to Mozambique, Japan to Mexico, and every corner in between. Cheerful illustrations capture the beauty of diversity the world over.
Various nationalities are illustrated with darling cheerful children and corresponding poetry. Many verses are attributed to "anonymous" or "traditional." The poem "Give Me the Sky" reads: "Give me the sky For a playground. Give me the sun For a ball. Give me the rainbow To skip with, And I'll never be naughty At all!" One of the pictures on the page shows a mischievous boy peeking around the moon. A Haiku titled "Motherless Sparrow" by Issa of Japan reads: "Come here to me and let's play together, little motherless sparrow." The picture shows a smiling Japanese girl sitting under an umbrella with a goose beside her and a young sparrow on her toe. Big raindrops fall around them. A border carries out the Japanese theme. Other poem titles are "Tickle Tickle," "I'm a Little Latke," and "Now Christmas Is Come." The last page shows various children asleep along with "Good night" in many languages. This collection of poems with the colorful illustrations of happy moments in childhood will charm parents and children alike. Reviewer: Carlee Hallman