Thursday, November 10, 2011

HBO Family Presents: A Child's Garden of Poetry + A DVD Giveaway

From the Emmy Award®-winning producer of the Classical Baby series comes an all new special designed to give young viewers an introduction to the world of poetry. A Child’s Garden of Poetry is a magical mix of lyrical animation, poems on screen, and live action scenes, featuring some of the world’s greatest poets – from William Shakespeare to Langston Hughes. The special includes voiceovers by award-winning actors Claire Danes, Carrie Fisher, Julianne Moore, Liam Neeson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Jeffrey Wright, as well as recordings by renowned poets E. E. Cummings, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and Carl Sandburg. It also includes heartfelt recitations of poems by real-life kids, who offer their own insights on the place that poetry plays in their lives. Contemplative, inspiring and full of heart, A Child’s Garden of Poetry will transport you and your child, and plant the seeds for a lifelong love of words.

The 411:

Reading poetry to my children is something I have been doing since they were babies and was so happy when I learned that their school is really into poetry and having kids display their work. When I heard that HBO Family and The Poetry Foundation collaborated to present A Child's Garden of Poetry, I was thrilled.

Like songs, poetry is something that really speak to people on an individual basis. There is a feeling you get when you hear a poem or a song which to me is really poetry to music.

This presentation takes some of the best poems and puts them to animations. My kids and I adored the visuals accompanied by voice overs of some amazing performers like Dave Mathews, Claire Danes, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Liam Neeson and others make this a great DVD for kids and adults. My children especially loved the clips of kids reciting their favorite poems and what the poems mean to them. As children do, they are candid and speak from the heart. Truly an adorable DVD.

My personal favorite was The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost read by Philip Seymour Hoffman. Loved it!

Children and adults will love watching the poems come to life!

Another great moment is all the children painting to a poem by E.E. Cummings.

Poetry Booklet download of poems featured in this DVD. My children loved reading along with the book.

*Open to US only.
Disclosure: I received a complimentary DVD for the purpose of this
review. All words and opinions are my own.
I am hosting this giveaway for 
HBO who provided the review and giveaway product.
I received no monetary compensation.


  1. A great way to introduce kids to poetry.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

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  6. My daughters would adore this DVD!

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