LET'S CELEBRATE: FESTIVAL POEMS compiled by JOHN FOSTER.
SOURCE: Ex-library stock.
BACK COVER BLURB: Let's Celebrate is a collection of original poems about celebrations and traditions round the year and round the world, from Africa to Scandinavia, Bali to Birmingham.
Find out what's special about buns in Hong Kong, fishing in Nigeria, or trees in Australia, while notes to the poems explain about the various festivals. The poets include John Agard, Judith Nicholls, Wes Magee, and Jack Prelutsky; and in the illustrations, in colour and black and white, different artists give their own views of the celebrations.
FIRST POEM: Festival by John Kitching.
MEMORABLE MOMENT/FAVOURITE POEM: Scarecrow Christmas by Pie Corbett.
Because of copyright laws I am unable to replicate either of the above poems on Pen and Paper, I have however linked to Scarecrow Christmas @ teachPRIMARY: Pie Corbett's Christmas poems
MY THOUGHTS: Whilst not exactly what you could call a fan of poetry, I always feel it should be read to me rather than read by my, I was never the less instantly attracted to this wonderful collection of poems compiled by John Foster.
A delightfully diverse anthology of verse celebrating festivals, some of them religious, others secular, the world over, I really liked the fact that as well as celebrations I was familiar with it also contained some such as Idh Mubarak (meaning Happy Idh) and Nyepi (The Day Of Yellow Rice) that were totally unfamiliar.
Particularly suitable for primary school readers and upwards. Packed full of glorious illustrations and handy footnotes should the festival need further explanation, I thought this a wonderful home and school friendly book, ideal given the multi-cultural/faith societies many of us now live in.