This self contained poem written by a master poet is deftly illustrated in this beautiful volume. Robert Frost is a poet who could and did speak to everyone. Most memorably, in his evocation of the peaceful charm of snow falling in the forest. The illustrator brings the wintry woods to life with richly detailed, subtly colored artwork. Filled with creatures of all sorts to find hidden among the trees. Elegant and able to withstand time this poem will live long in the hearts of its readers. ~ Reviewed by Jessica Wood
The newest book in the Poetry for Young People series is Robert Browning. "Robert Brownings poetry has mysteries and a beauty of language that youngsters will love exploring." Joel Spectors vivid and engaging illustrations bring Brownings words to life. In this book, each poem has its own brief introduction. The poems that are included were originally written for young people and are bold and dramatic. Several poems have to do with the topic of war, and the wonderful Pied Piper of Hamelin is also included.
Though not as creative or spontaneous as his first collection, POLKABATS AND OCTOPUS SLACKS, Calef Brown's newest will appeal to those who loved his first book. Same zany illustrations, same silly fun - Brown goes a long way in filling a gap left by the death of Shel Silverstein.
The Oxford Illustrated Book of American Children's Poems, edited by Donald Hall, is an incredible anthology which spans two centuries. The collection of 81 poems opens with anonymous Native American cradlesongs and ends with the unique voices of contemporary poetry. In between is a great mix of classics, old and new. The wide range of voices and styles are complemented by archival illustrations in black & white and color which transport the reader to different time periods, making each poem its own history lesson. What makes this book a treasure is Donald Hall's selection of an eclectic mix of poems, which reflects and honors the diversity of American culture.
This is an excellent book of absolutely hysterical poems and wonderful illustrations. It made me laugh out loud. You must read "the weevils" on page 24!