A great collection of poetry for middle readers, from the 2001-3 Children's Laureate, Anne Fine.
Anne Fine, the 2001-3 Children's Laureate, is a life-long lover of poetry, and A SHAME TO MISS...2 is one of her three irresistible collections of poetry for young readers.
Aimed at 9-11s, the collection contains a wonderful mixture of the familiar and classic (W H Auden, A E Housman, Christina Rossetti, Wordsworth and other poets) with poems from the late 20th century like Stevie Smith's 'Not Waving but Drowning' or Ted Hughes 'Full Moon and Little Frieda'. Poets from Afro-Caribbean backgrounds like John Agard and Grace Nichols are featured, alongside several other poets from non-European cultures.
“Three truly inspiring volumes of poetry.”
“These little collections not only abound with wonders but are inviting and interactive.Parents and teachers should pounce on them.”
“These three collections represent a stupendous act of rummaging.Her choices are quirky and rather canny”
“For younger readers there's an excellent trio of anthologies”