I Asked a Tiger to Tea: And Other Poems

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If tigers, camels, or lions respectfully decline your invitation to tea, don't despair--poet Ivy O. Eastwick has many more friends who would happily accept. For more than thirty years, Ivy O. Eastwick wrote verse filled with gentle humor and inspiring imagery. From this body of work, educator Walter B. Barbe, the poet's longtime friend, has selected twenty of her poems that open the gates to her imagination. As you travel along, you can play with the West Wind, whistle with a blackbird, or discover the treasures ...

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If tigers, camels, or lions respectfully decline your invitation to tea, don't despair--poet Ivy O. Eastwick has many more friends who would happily accept. For more than thirty years, Ivy O. Eastwick wrote verse filled with gentle humor and inspiring imagery. From this body of work, educator Walter B. Barbe, the poet's longtime friend, has selected twenty of her poems that open the gates to her imagination. As you travel along, you can play with the West Wind, whistle with a blackbird, or discover the treasures of a beachcomber's sack. Artist Melanie Hall captures the spirit and playfulness of these enchanting poems in this poetry book sure to please readers of all ages.

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School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-Like Some Folks Like Cats (Boyds Mills, 2002), another collection of Eastwick's work compiled by Barbe, the poetry is pleasant, but hardly original or striking. Hall's bright, impressionistic paintings do much to enliven the book, but the poems remain prosaic-"I like to listen/to the rain,/I love the songs/it sings,/its tune is like/a flight of bells/which tells/of joyous things-." The 20 selections include poems about nature, weather, and dreams. The themes and images have been handled better by others.-Kathleen Whalin, York Public Library, ME Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563975158
  • Publisher: Boyds Mills Press
  • Publication date: 9/2/2004
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Ivy O. Eastwick was born outside of London, England, and for many years served in the British Diplomatic Service. Among her published books are Fairies and Suchlike, I Rode the Black Horse Faraway, In and Out the Windows, and Providence Street.

Dr. Walter B. Barbe became familiar with the poetry of Ivy O. Eastwick after he joined the editorial staff of Highlights for Children magazine in 1963. Several years later, he was named editor in chief of the magazine, a position he held for ten years. Dr. Barbe lives in Beach Lake, Pennsylvania.

Melanie Hall teaches children's book illustration at Pratt Institute and Marywood University. Her illustrations have appeared in many children's books, including the Parent's Choice Award-Winning On Hanukkah by Cathy Goldberg Fishman.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2002

    A GENTLE BREW

    This posthumus collection features 20 traditional poems for children by Englishwoman Ivy O. Eastwick. By all accounts, she was a delightful woman who drew influences for her work from her enjoyment of nature and an optimistic outlook on life. The book's selections each share that unrelenting optimism, no matter the subject.

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