Saturday, September 22, 2012
The Magic of Verse with poetry selected by Carol Odell
The School Bus Breaks Down is one of my favourites in this compilation of Australian poetry called The Magic of Verse. I remember learning this poem for an Eisteddfod when I attended Ulverstone Central Primary School...and since I caught the bust to school for half of my school life, it holds a special place in my heart. The chance of missing even one lesson as a result of a bus breakdown was an extremely exciting prospect. This book also contains poetry by C.J. Dennis, Mary Gilmore, L. Porter, Judith Wright, Lydia Pender and Pixie O' Harris. And of course, no compilation Australian poetry could possibly be complete or considered seriously without at least one entry from A. B. Patterson. The illustrations by one of Australia's most respected and admired illustrators, Noela Young, are welcome additions to the poems.