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1st January 1970



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A Shame to Miss Poetry by Anne Fine

A Shame to Miss Poetry

Anne Fine

Primary Age range - 9+ readers   Category - Poetry    

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Selected by Julia Eccleshare
Age 9+. Former Children’s Laureate Anne Fine’s own passion for poetry spills out of this collection and its pair. Choosing a dazzling selection of poems from across the centuries – some very well-known and others less so - Anne Fine has gifted readers ready access to the treasure trove of poems that she loves herself. In her added notes to some of the poems, she offers useful background information and a glossary of the less familiar words. Both volumes are an ideal and handy way into poetry for all.To view Lovereading4kids’ latest poetry selection click here.

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A Shame to Miss Poetry by Anne Fine

Age 9+. Aimed at junior readers, this collection offers a diverse mixture of familiar and classic poetry chosen by Anne Fine: from W.H. Auden, A.E. Housman, Christina Rossetti, Wordsworth and other poets. Also included are 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 also featured, alongside several other poets from non-European cultures. A collection of over 70 poems, the book also contains tips from Anne Fine to help children understand the poems.


Praise for the A Shame to Miss series:

Three truly inspiring volumes of poetry. - Sunday Times
These little collections not only abound with wonders but are inviting and interactive. Parents and teachers should pounce on them. - Guardian
These three collections represent a stupendous act of rummaging.Her choices are quirky and rather canny - Daily Telegraph

For younger readers there's an excellent trio of anthologies - Daily Mail

About The Author

Anne Fine

Anne Fine was our Guest Editor in July 2011. Click here to see the books she selected.

Anne Fine was born and educated in the Midlands and now lives in County Durham. She has written numerous highly acclaimed and prize-winning books for children and adults.

Her novel The Tulip Touch won the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year Award; Goggle-Eyes won the Guardian Children's Fiction Award and the Carnegie Medal and was adapted for television by the BBC; Flour Babies won the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year Award; Bill's New Frock won a Smarties Prize, and Madame Doubtfire became the major feature film 'Mrs Doubtfire' starring Robin Williams. Anne was named Children's Laureate in 2002 and made an OBE for services to children's literature in 2003.

Click here to read a Q&A with the author or click here to read an extended biography in which Anne talks about her writing.

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