Poetry for Young People: Robert Frost
Edited by Gary D. Schmidt
Illustrated by Henri Sorenson.
Published by Sterling Children Literature
Copyright date is 1994, 2014
Number of pages is 48
“Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought, and the thought has found its words.”
I have always enjoyed reading and writing poetry. The classic poets are some of my favorites such as the esteemed Robert Frost. This book contains a collection of poems by the famous poet Robert Frost. He was known for his great sensory words that are laced throughout his poetry. He was brilliant at describing scenes in nature. What makes this collection great is that this collection highlights his poems that are centered around seasons.
When I think about seasons such as spring and fall, in my minds eye I see detailed pictures of flowers and trees. The illustrations by Henri Sorenson captures the essence and beauty of nature. He creates flowing pictures through his detailed through watercolor mixed sketches. The illustrations capture the mood of the seasons as well as a scenes from the poetry. For example, “The Road Not Taken” is a poem about 2 roads that fork in the middle of a wood. The trees are yellowed showing the beautiful signs of autumn. Throughout this poem, Frost uses many descriptive words to show the beautiful nature scene of a forest. This poem contains a famous quote “Two roads diverged in the wood, and I– I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.” I love this quote it shows the meaning of the poem.
Poetry is essential for a Literacy Rich Classroom, and teachers can incorporate many activities to supplement poetry. “Poetry for Young People: Robert Frost” is a book for 5th and 6th grade students. One way that I would use this book in the classroom would be to open up a Science unit that involves weather and the seasons. Another way I would incorporate this would be to have the students write their own poem in a personal poetry journal. Allowing children to express their own thoughts without guidelines, I believe the poetry journal would encourage creativity. Also, I would take this book and integrate it into my lesson plan of teaching imagery in language arts. Imagery is a difficult concept for some students to understand. By having the students take the book and make a list of imagery words would help the students to grasp imagery words.