Sing a Song of Popcorn: Every Child's Book of Poems - First Edition Children's Books - Vintage Child Book, Children's Poems, Rhymes, 1980s


Sing a Song of Popcorn: Every Child's Book of Poems. Selected poems illustrated by 9 Caldecott Medal artists.

Poems compiled by Jan Carr, Eva Moore, Beatrice Schenk de Regniers, Mary Michaels White. Illustrated by Marcia Brown, Leo & Diane Dillon, Richard Egielski, Trina Schart Hyman, Arnold Lobel, Maurice Sendak, Marc Simont, Margot Zemach. 1988, first edition thus, first Scholastic printing. Scholastic Inc., publishers.

Sing a Song of Popcorn evolved from Poems Children Will Sit Still For: A Selection for the Primary Grades, first published by Scholastic for classroom instruction in 1968. Twenty years later, the editors who compiled the poems for the first book, joined by editor Jan Carr, created this revised edition of 128 poems to be enjoyed by children in and out of the classroom.

The poems are organized into nine sections, each illustrated by a Caldecott Award artist.

Fun With Rhymes - Trina Schart Hyman
Mostly Weather - Marcia Brown
Spooky Poems - Morgot Zemach
Story Poems - Maurice Sendak
Mostly Animals - Arnold Lobel
Mostly People - Marc Simont
Mostly Nonsense - Richard Egielski
Seeing, Feeling, Thinking - Leo and Diane Dillon
In a Few Words - Marcia Brown

The book is indexed by title, first lines, and authors, and concludes with artist bios.

Poets include John Drinkwater, Robert Frost, Langston Hughes, David McCord, Eve Merriam, Ogden Nash, Charlotte Pomerantz, Theodore Roethke, Christina G. Rossetti, Shel Silverstein, Robert Louis Stevenson.

Beatirce Schenk de Regniers writes in the Introduction:

"...Many people can read a poem silently and hear its music. But it seems to me that the full power of a poem - the jazzy rhythms, the lyrical cadence, the dance of language, the sheer pleasure of fooling around with sound and meaning - can be fully appreciated only if the poem is read aloud. This would be particularly true for children.

Take time to read these poems aloud. Use your normal tone of voice. The advice the Duchess gave Alice (in Wonderland) is as good as any: "Take care of the sense, and the sounds will take care of themselves."...

For this book particularly, what Jorge Luis Borges says of reading in general applies: "It should be for happiness."

Happy reading!"


Let the rain kiss you.
Let the rain beat upon your head with
silver liquid drops.
Let the rain sing you a lullaby.
The rain makes still pools on the sidewalk.
The rain makes running pools in the gutter.
The rain plays a little sleep-song on our roof at night.
And I love the rain.

- Langston Hughes

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