Wednesday, September 30, 2015

BOOK REVIEW: Ivy in Bloom The Poetry of Spring from Great Poets and Writers of the Past by Vanita Oelschlager


Ivy In Bloom captures the weariness of a young girl tired of a long winter. ""I stare out the window,"" she says on the first spread of brown and gray, ""looking for birds or flowers / or even warm showers / but I don't see any such thing."" But then Spring comes when ""March is out of breath snow melting to flowery waters and watery flowers spring rose from its wintry rest."" And Ivy's ""heart dances with daffodils."" As these words also dance across each spread, Ivy's world erupts into a riot of color. Ivy In Bloom introduces the poetry of Dickinson, Longfellow, Browning, Wordsworth, Frost and others. Excerpts from their writings, as seen through Ivy's eyes, will open up poetry as a way for children to express their own feelings about the changing of seasons. This book includes longer excerpts and brief bios of each author.

REVIEW BY: Angelina, age 8 years, 11 months


I loved this book because I love the weather and it talked about the weather a lot. I love the seasons too and it had beautiful poems about the four seasons. Ivy wanted it to hurry and be spring, but it wasn't spring yet. 

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 5 to 7. 

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