Beginning With P
by Seamus Cashman
Illustrated by Corrina Askin and Alan Clarke
by The O’Brien Press Ltd. 2004
Beginning with P published by the O’Brien Press in association
with Poetry Ireland, is a collection of new poems for children from
Ireland’s leading poets such as Brendan Kennelly. Gabriel
Fitzmaurice, Rita Ann Higgins, Seamus Heaney and Cathal Ó
Poets customarily associated with children’s verse such as
Aislinn and Larry O’Loughlin, Pat Ingoldsby, Gabriel Fitzmaurice
and Gabriel Rosenstock are featured also, providing a most unusual
mix superbly enhanced by contemporary illustrations on every page.
The resulting combination is a real work of art.
total over 100 poets are brought together in this unique volume
providing the ideal opportunity for parents, teachers and librarians
to inspire a love of poetry among children and indeed to enjoy the
diverse variety themselves as well.
very useful prose translation guides are provided at the back of
the book for non-Irish speaking readers. There is also a biography
of the illustrators, the book designer, and all the poets whose
works feature in the collection. An index of first lines, an index
of poems presented alphabetically by title and an index of poets
and illustrators complete this captivating collection that is a
treasure to keep and delve into time and time again.
Coughlan, reviews editor with Inis the Children’s Books Ireland
magazine sums up the appeal and timeless value of this collection
in the words;
this book, but don’t just buy one copy; buy at least two:
one to keep by you to dip in and out of and one to put away. It’s
sure to be a collector’s item. And then better get another
few in case anyone makes off with your other copies.’
Beginning With P is available from the children’s non-fiction
collection of Clare County Library branches.
for Something Beginning With P
most marvellously produced piece of work I have seen in a long time.
An investment -- a brilliant book'
Robert Dunbar, Rattlebag
dream for parents hoping to inspire a love of poetry, and a book
that will never be outgrown.'
poems are written for children, which suits all of us. Buy it for
your favourite niece. Keep it for yourself.'
Olivia O’Leary, The Irish Times
Children's Book of the Month
Children's Books of the Month