Dark backstories often lurk behind our favorite childhood songs and fairy tales. This shouldn't be so surprising. Childhood itself is a fairly recent ...
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I marvel at this impact, more than seven years later, but it only confirms my belief that over time, for even one hour a week, poetry can open the hearts and minds of young people.
A sense of play and magical thinking is what's naturally alive in children. Poem making is a means for them to strengthen and explore that part of themselves.
I'm sure I'd leafed through The Children's First Book of Poetry when I was a child, but it was more the memory of my mother reciting any number of poems that I cherished.
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