TREASURY FOR ALL SEASONS contains a variety of poems to read throughout the year. First, there are 8-10 poems for each month of the year. Many are traditional, ranging from Longfellow and Coleridge to e.e. cummings and Robert Frost, but there are also many contemporary poets (e.g. Sandra Cisneros, Barbara Juster Esbenson, Bobbi Katz, Myra Cohn Livinston, Valerie Worth). November, for example, includes:
- "November" by John Updike
- "Autumn Fires" by Robert Louis Stevenson
- "The First Thanksgiving" and "I Ate Too Much" by Jack Prelutsky
- "Father, We Thank Thee" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
- "Rhapsody" by William Stanley Braithwaite
- "Jack Frost" by Helen Bayley Davis.
Andrews and Hamilton also include ections for other holidays or occasions, including The Sabbath/Shabbat, Birthdays, New Babies, and Coming of Age/Rites of Passage. Many of the sections begin with a letter from Julie Andrews, explaining why they chose certain poems, or making personal connections. These letters would be good mentor texts if kids were trying to assemble their own poetry anthologies
I also love the layout of this book. Most poems have their own page or two-page spread, so there is plenty of "breathing room" on each page. Marjorie Priceman's illustrations are gorgeous- vibrant, joyful, bright and flowing.
Adding this to my repertoire of gift books- it would be perfect for a baby shower, or family Christmas/Hanukkah gift, or for a student teacher or mentee, who was just starting a collection of poetry books.