A Grandfather Compiles a Treasure House of Literary Gems

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Dr. Robert Bauman gathers literature’s most loved and cherished lyrical prose for younger generations.

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“The child who grows up unaware of literature of the past is surely impoverished,” writes Dr. Robert Bauman in the preface of Poems for our Grandchildren, a compilation of literature’s most loved and cherished works originally intended for the family’s younger generations.

In a society swamped with mainstream media and pop culture, the collection is a fitting alternative to inculcate the love for the written word and lyrical prose to youngsters. From Jane Taylor’s classical “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” to the highly-acclaimed “Father William” of Lewis Carroll, Poems for our Grandchildren is a treasure house full of literary gems and masterpieces that are suitable for the young and even the young at heart.

“Since the collection was first assembled, our own grandchildren have become the readers, rather than the read-to. Yet, to our knowledge, no substantial body of new poetry has come along to take the place of these traditional works that range from light fancy to the joys and perils of growing up and the heroism of those who came before us. Thus these out-of-date poems may be even more important to the children of the 21st century than to those for whom they were originally compiled.”

As a small yet valuable compilation that ranges from nursery rhymes to somber works on the struggles and valor of the country’s forbearers, Bauman hopes that the literary gems contained in Poems for our Grandchildren may bring mirth, joy, and an appreciation of the country’s heritage that will be handed from one generation to another.

This book will be featured at the 2012 Frankfurt Book Fair in Frankfurt, Germany, on October 10-14, 2012.

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About the Author
Robert Bauman grew up in Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia, and Illinois before entering Purdue University to study chemistry and physics. As a member of the Purdue Glee Club, he participated in The New Moon and The Desert Song, by Romberg. On stage, he met Edith Jane Gerkin, forming a team that has survived and thrived for more than six decades. After a stop in Pittsburgh, Dr. Bauman accepted a faculty position at the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn. He served as president of the school board of Bethpage, on Long Island and spent one summer as a member of the technical staff of the Bell Laboratories.

In 1967, he accepted an invitation to start a new department of physics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, instituting programs offering the B.S., M.S., and PhD. He was elected president of the American Association of Physics Teachers and published books on absorption spectroscopy, thermodynamics, and physical science, while Edith served as president of Faculty Women, as well as the local opera group, church groups at national and local levels, and the National Society of Arts and Letters. Both remained active in local theater and choral groups. Their four children grew up hearing many of the poems contained here, and have since lived in Pennsylvania, Indiana, Colorado, New Mexico, Taiwan, and Washington State, raising seven happy grandchildren.
Poems for our Grandchildren * by Dr. Robert. P Bauman
Publication Date: October 26, 2011
Trade Paperback; $22.99; 311 pages; 978-1-4653-7222-2
eBook; $9.99; 978-1-4653-7223-9

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