‘P is for Poetry – Poems from Irish Poets’ edited by Seamus Cashman and illustrated by Corina Askin and Alan Clarke is an excellent book for people of all ages. Filled with colourful illustrations and delightful poems on a broad range of topics, this book will have the reader always wanting to turn the page to read another.

Poems are presented in an attractive way for the reader and children would certainly enjoy listening to adults read aloud from this book. Opportunities to discuss illustrations before, during and after reading are plenty along with poems ‘as Gaeilge’ which are translated to English at the back of the book.

Different types of poems are presented in alternative ways for the reader such as in text language, in small and large print, while poems for differing occasions including Halloween and Christmas are included.

With opportunities aplenty for rhyming games, enhancing phonics and phonological awareness and, most importantly, to read for pleasure and enjoyment, this book will be in high demand from children, parents, teachers and adults who enjoy poetry.

Ciara Barry, 2nd class teacher, Scoil na Croise Naofa, Mahon, Co. Cork.

P is for Poetry – Poems from Irish Poets”, edited by Seamus Cashman and illustrated by Corina Askin and Alan Clarke, published by O’Brien Press, is now on sale for €12.99 (P/B)

Disclaimer: This book was provided by the publisher, O’Brien Pressfree of charge to Seomra Ranga for the purposes of this review