Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Barefoot Book of Classic Poems and Poem Music

The Barefoot Book of Classic Poems, compiled and illustrated by Jackie Morris, is a very lovely collection. The 74 poems are beautifully illustrated adding to the experience.

After reading "The Highwayman" out loud to my son (we've read this poem before), he promptly demanded we listen to Loreena McKennitt's version-- on her The Book of Secrets Cd. And I do mean demand... he was impatient and wouldn't let me read another poem just yet. [she also does "The Lady of Shallot" on her CD, The Visit.]

This reminded me just how important it is to listen to poetry, not just read it. And there are several poetry CDs out there, especially for children. Some are done to music and some are just read poems. I hope to blog a few in the near future as we have them on hold at the library.



  1. I always love a recommendation for a good book, and we've been reading a lot of poetry lately...so thanks! I placed the book on hold through our library system just now. I also requested the Loreena McKennitt CD.

  2. One thing you may notice when comparing the two, is that Loreena's version has been slightly altered and a segment is missing. Still, it's lovely to listen to!


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