Saturday, June 14, 2014

Ivy in Bloom: The Poetry of Spring by Vanita Oelschlager -- OPTIONAL

Oelschlager, Vanita Ivy in Bloom: The Poetry of Spring from Great Poets and Writers of the Past, illustrated by Kristin Blackwood. PICTURE BOOK. Vanita Books, 2009. $17.95. Content: G.

Ivy is tired of the long winter, but as she looks out the window and then ventures outside, she begins to see signs of the coming spring. The text is a mixture of original poetry and lines from classic poems.

The illustrations are absolutely wonderful, the concept is interesting, and the author's verses are lovely and well-written. Unfortunately, cobbling together out-of-context lines of many old poems makes for a choppy text that does not flow well and is very difficult to follow.

EL (K-3) -- OPTIONAL. Reviewed: Caryn

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