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A Child's First Book of Poems. New York: Golden Press/Western Publishing Co., Inc. 44 pp. $6.95.

Children have an affinity for language in verse form, as seen through the enduring popularity of nursery rhymes and jump-rope jingles. Poetry has long been an effective and enjoyable means for young readers to stretch their imaginations.

This collection provides that experience for children in a most attractive way. Known poets, Emily Dickinson, Christina Rosetti, and Robert Louis Stevenson , are among those included, and they continue to speak effectively to a young audience as well as adults.

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In this first book, artist Cyndy Szekeres's colorful and whimsical illustrations help bring an even fuller measure of enjoyment.