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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Catch A Little Rhyme - Eve Merriam

A Matter Of Taste
Catch A Little Rhyme
Poems For Activity Time
Read By Eve Merriam
Caedmon TC 1339

Terrific children's set that works on many levels for kids and adults alike. Great poetry read in a subtle, quite manner, live and unrehearsed manner to a group of children who spontaneously interact with Merriam.

The strange cover image in credited to "Artwork by Mazin-Wyckoff, from Caedmon's What Is Poetry? filmstrip series.

From the back cover: Although I have not made a statistical investigation, I doubt that there is a more versatile talent in this country that Eve Merriam's. Born in 1916 in Philadelphia, Eve Merriam has published twenty-eight books, and there are at least three more in the works. They include Family Circle, which was awarded the Yale Series of Younger Poets prize: Figleaf, an unreserved exposure of the fashion industry in the U.S.A.; The Double Bed and After Nora Slammed The Door, witty examinations of the war between the sees which would have startled lbsen; The Trouble With Love, a sequence of compelling poems which are both passionate and probing; Basics, subtitled "An I-Can-Read Book for Grownups;" The Inner City Mother Goose in which the old nursery rhymes are neatly turned into devastating social satire; as well as such captivating books for children as Funny Town, Miss Tibbett's Typewriter, and three volumes revealing her preoccupation with what makes poetry: It Doesn't Always Have To Rhyme, There Is No Rhyme For Silver, and Catch A Little Rhyme, some of the sources of this record. – Louis Untermeyer

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