Papa Is A Poet

Author:  Natalie S. Bober
Illustrator:  Rebecca Gibbon



        Robert Frost once said, “When I was young, I was so interested in baseball that my family was afraid I’d waste my life and be a pitcher.      Later, they were afraid I’d waste my life and be a poet.  They were right.”

There is, however, a world of readers that would disagree that his life as a poet was wasted.  This storyteller poet has become one of the finest voices in American literature, through his beautiful and moving poetry.  “Papa Is A Poet”  is told from the point of view of Lesley, the Frost’s oldest daughter, when she was just a child.


Lesley shares sweet, personal memories of their everyday lives; their Mama teaching them to read, count, sing, tell stories, while Papa taught her to use his typewriter to sound out words and begin writing stories.  “Papa studied the heavens, and he shared with us his delight in astronomy.  He gave us each a star to ‘own.'”  She tells of her father milking their cow at midnight so that he could stay awake and read Shakespeare and write poetry while the family quietly slept.


Robert Frost once wrote,

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I –

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference. “

The insights into the Frost family shared in this book are most endearing.   There is also an Author’s Note page providing further depth into Robert Frost’s life, as well as a few of his interesting quotes.  You’ll be further  impressed to find several pages of Frost’s best loved poems printed at the back.

1.  What is the “road” that Robert Frost took?

2.  How would you explain a metaphor? Did Robert Frost explain it well?

3.  What did Lesley mean when she wrote, “Papa wanted to make music out of words”?

Mary Kline