Wednesday, April 1, 2015

A Poem in Your Pocket by Margaret McNamara

Disclosure - free sample provided.

I am always trying to introduce my 8 and 10 year old to new types of books.  What kinds of books do your children read?  Did you know that April is National Poetry Month?  A Poem in Your Pocket is a great way to introduce your child to poetry for National Poetry Month!  I honestly haven't read much poetry with my children, but I really need to start doing this.  We often tend to read so much material that comes home from school, and we forget about reading for just enjoyment.  I was really excited when I was given the opportunity to review A Poem in Your Pocket by Margaret McNamara.  This a book that has received two starred reviews.  It is great to read with your children at home, but it is also great if you are an educator and want to introduce your classroom to poetry.

This book is written in a really neat way.  The book is written as a picture book, but it incorporates poetry throughout.  The book is a story about Elinor.  Elinor is a bit of a perfectionist.  She wants her poetry to be absolutely perfect.  This book follows Mr. Tiffin's class as they learn about poetry.  The best part about this book is that Elinor learns to go from being a perfectionist to being creative.  I think this is a great thing to teach children.  Our children have so much pressure on them at such a young age to perform and do well in school.  We really need to stress the importance of creativity too!

I also really enjoyed this book because my children were able to easily relate to many of the things in it.  My 8 and 10 year old have been bringing home homework throughout the year that deals with similes, metaphors, and how to understand how poetry is written.  The book helps explain some of these elements to them in a fun manner that is geared just for kids!  

You can learn more about A Poem in Your Pocket by visiting the Random House website.  The hardcover version of this book retails for $16.99.  This really is a great book to add to your collection, or your classroom library if you are an educator.

Disclosure - I received a free sample to facilitate my review.  No monetary compensation was provided.  All opinions are completely my own.  My participation is voluntary.   I am disclosing in accordance with FTC 16 CFR Part 255.  

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