National Poetry Month Featured Book 1: All the Small Poems and Fourteen More by Valerie Worth

Without a doubt, this is my favorite collection of children’s poetry of all time. I love this book for every possible reason: its careful concision, its recombinant rhymes, its ordinary-meets-extraordinary observations. And Natalie Babbitt’s pen-and-ink pictures are the perfect complement to Valerie Worth’s poems.

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4 thoughts on “National Poetry Month Featured Book 1: All the Small Poems and Fourteen More by Valerie Worth

  1. I love that collection, too, Steven – especially the 27 words which comprise Worth’s small “bell,” a perfect poem (perfect sound, perfect metaphor.)

  2. Valerie’s work is extraordinary. She was an incredible poet. I am so glad I had the chance to have known her. Two of her other not-to-be-missed books are PEACOCK AND OTHER POEMS, also illustrated by Natalie Babbitt, and ANIMAL POEMS, with extraordinary cut-paper art by Steve Jenkins (both Farrar, Straus Giroux) both published after her untimely death;

  3. Good call, Steven! My “go to” book when providing poetry workshops for kids during residency sessions. Who but Valerie Worth would compare a tractor to a grasshopper?

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