Thursday, September 19th, 2019

Poetry Can Change the World – Or At Least, How We View the World

Julie Andrews Collection of Poems, Songs & Lullabies

My mother and I have always believed that poems, songs, and lullabies have the power to transform into family treasures. Poetry, in particular, is the perfect shared family experience – as a “read-aloud” it can be one of the best ways to introduce young people to the joys of reading. Great poems make children want to read – they give us a vision of beauty and joy in the world, and an awareness of the richness and power of language.

We are therefore very excited about our most recent collaboration, a new treasury entitled “Julie Andrews Collection of Poems, Songs and Lullabies.” Brimming with classics from the likes of Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson, Jack Prelutsky and Shel Silverstein, as well as contemporary poetry and even song lyrics from Rodger’s and Hammerstein to Stephen Sondheim, this collection includes nearly 150 of our family’s “favorite things,” or treasures. There’s even a few of our own poetic offerings, as well as some by our fathers and grandfathers, and an accompanying CD that features twenty-one of our favorites from the book.

Beautifully illustrated by James McMullan, Julie Andrews’ Collection of Poem, Songs, and Lullabies is a reflection of our belief that poetry can change how we view and interact with our world. Between each of the nine themed sections, we share personal stories that we hope will encourage families to cultivate their own treasured memories through sharing the gifts of poetry.

We need a little gentleness and beauty in this crazy world right now. We’re yearning for peace, for joy, for clarity – and that’s just what poetry offers.  It’s a vacation for the heart, a breath of fresh air in the midst of our multi-media, mad-frantic world. It soothes the soul.  As one of the poems in the book by Beatrice Schenk de Regniers says: “Keep a poem in your pocket… and you’ll never feel lonely.”

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Also Available in Audio (ISBN 9781600247583)

Julie Andrews Collection of Poems, Songs and Lullabies is also available as an audiobook published by Hachette Audio! This deluxe audio anthology features unabridged selections on two CD’s, read by  Mom and I and accompanied by original music composed and performed by Ian Fraser.


2 Responses to “Poetry Can Change the World – Or At Least, How We View the World”
  1. Further to your thoughts of reading poetry aloud being the “perfect shared family experience”, that doesn’t just apply to reading to children! My mother (age 88) has just moved into a different nursing home (four nursing homes since November 6 2008 — this time last year, she and Dad were still living independently, now they’re in separate nursing homes). The evening before the move, I was talking to her on the phone, and I said, “May I read you one of Julie’s poems?” (Mum & I often recite poetry to each other — we have done for years. She taught me long ago — I’m nearly 53 — to love the music in words and particularly in poetry) I went from one poem to another to another. She loved them all, especially “Wildflowers” and “Bedtime Blessing”. I also read “Not While I’m Around” to her, because in the first nursing home she was in, if she was anxious in the night, one of the dear staff members would sing that to her. Yesterday, as Mum was settling into the new-to-her nursing home, I decided that a moving-day present was in order, so I bought her a copy of Julie Andrews’ Collection of Poems, Songs and Lullabies. She was delighted with it.

    Thank you so much for this wonderful book. I plan to give it to several people who are grandparents — people who don’t usually receive gifts from me will do so this year!

  2. Heilan Yvette Grimes says:

    I’ve read this book straight through twice. Now I pick it up and just choose a page at random. There are very few books I’ve read where I can say I feel calm and peaceful reading them. This is definitely one. And, don’t be surprised if you catch yourself smiling as you read it. Julie Andrews Collection of Poems, Songs and Lullabies will be high on my Christmas giving list this December. So, that bump in sales in the Boston area is me.

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