• Most children preferred narrative poems over lyricpoems.• Limericks were the favoured poetic form; freeverse and haiku were not well liked.There was once a man from MarsWho liked to eat the stars.One day he ate twentyOh, man, was he funny.That silly man from Mars.• Carole Cox
• Children preferred poems that had pronouncedsound patterns of all kinds, but especiallyenjoyed poems that rhymed.
• Carl Sandburg "Was Ever a Dream A Drum?"Was ever a dream a drumor a drum a dream?Can a drummer drum a dreamor a dreamer dream a drum?The drum in a dreampounds loud to the dreamer.Now the moon tonight over Indianais a fire-drum of a phantom dreamer.Carl Sandburg in Hopkins, 1982Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/1819923
• Children preferred poemswith regular, distinctive rhythm.• Children liked humorous poems, poemsabout animals, and poems aboutenjoyable familiar experiences.
• Compact poems"ELEPHANT" by Barbara Juster EsbensenThe word is too heavyto lift ...ELEPHANTHe must have invented ithimself. This is a lumberinggray word the ears of itare huge and flap like loosewings a word withwrinkled knees and toeslike boxing gloves....Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/1819923
• Songs with short phrases and a large number ofrepetitions.• Action songs – song that calls formovements, participation and dances.
• Lullabies – relaxing and calming, emotionallyappealing to children.• Hush Little BabyHush little baby don’t say a wordMum’s gonna buy you a mockingbirdAnd if the mockingbird don’t singMum’s gonna buy you a diamond ring.