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Ivy in Bloom: The Poetry of Spring from Great Poets and Writers from the Past
     

Ivy in Bloom: The Poetry of Spring from Great Poets and Writers from the Past

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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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780980016277
Publisher:
Vanita Books
Publication date:
04/01/2009
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 11.40(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author


Vanita Oelschlager is a wife, mother, grandmother, philanthropist,

former teacher, current caregiver, author, and poet. She is a

graduate of Mt. Union College in Alliance, Ohio, where she

currently serves as a Trustee. Vanita is also Writer In Residence

for the Literacy Program at The University of Akron.

Her first book, My Grampy Can't Walk, was widely praised. It's

an uplifting story about the wonderful relationship between her

husband Jim, who has multiple sclerosis, and their grandchildren. Vanita has also supported Jim as he built Oak ssociates, ltd. into a highly respected investment management firm.

Kristin Blackwood is an experienced illustrator whose other VanitaBooks include: My Grampy Can't Walk, Let Me Bee, Big Blue, Made In China and What Pet Will I Get?

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Ivy in Bloom: The Poetry of Spring from Great Poets and Writers from the Past 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
This is the story of a young girl who is tired of winter. She can not wait for Spring. She loves the mud, melting snow, new blooms, flowers, weather etc. It is told using lines, stanzas and verses from poems. I thought the book would be written in rhyme but it is not. It is using various poems so every page is different. The language was very colourful and flowery, but this book just did not work for me. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
catloverAD More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and the references of past poetry from extraordinary poets. I think this is great for children to be introduced to poetry. Beautiful. The illustrations were fantastic!
TheIndigoQuill More than 1 year ago
See full post @ The Indigo Quill . blogspot . com Special thank you to NetGalley and Vanita Books for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is a lovely children's picture book merging classic poetry and creating a story about Spring. It begins with Vanita Oelschalger's own poem about awaiting Spring's return after a cold and windy winter. The book reads rhythmically, and highlights some of the loveliest lines of poetry that follow this theme. Poetry picture books are always a commodity to have for storytimes because they expose kids to rhythm, music, and beats. It opens avenues for them to learn how to communicate in effective and diverse ways. This being said, I like the idea of this book. It has a lot of potential, and the illustrations are sure to catch the eye. On Oelschalger's website you can find activities for kids to coincide with the book, including coloring pages, greeting cards, bookmarks, and more! You can check them out on her website. The images are gorgeous. Illustrator Kristin Blackwood creates outlines to sketch on a linoleum block printed in black on white stock. She then takes the images and makes them digital by scanning them with a flatbed scanner. The watercolor effect is created by digital editing software, the result being these lovely images capturing the reminiscent nature of the poetry. This is a book that adults can enjoy for their kids, but it might go over young heads. Also, it would be nice if the respective authors were cited underneath words (or at least somewhere on the page). It is a great idea to create a collection of classic poetry in the form of a light-hearted story, but at times it didn't seem to flow together, and I'm afraid that it might confuse kids a little bit. I definitely support exposing them this way, but I think it probably needed to be done a little more fluently. Lovely illustrations, great poems, but needs a little more work. 3 stars.
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
New poetry from old! This is a definitely different way of introducing young children to  excerpts of poems by a wide range of poets through a story of Ivy Van Allsberg who is waiting for spring! Choosing extracts like this is an amazing thing This author has done to make a new rhyme Telling how things change one month at a time. At the end, in the bibliography, the author shares with you  The poets and poems these lines are from too So here you can read the original rhymes And see who wrote each and every line. Throughout it is illustrated in brilliant style So go take a look for a little while I'm sure that you'll be impressed and find that you Like this book almost as much as I do, too! Thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley too  for letting me read this book in exchange for this, an honest review.
xElleMarkovx More than 1 year ago
This is an illustrated children's poetry book. I recommend this book for children between 4 - 6, the first half of the book has simple small sentences that are easy for young children barely learning to read, while the second half has extended lines. The lines from the illustrated portion of the book are taken from famous poems, in the second half of the book, larger segments of the poem shown and then at the end there is a line about the author and when he or she lived. I thought this was a nice book about the changing of the seasons, its engaging and captivating for young readers barely branching away from mom/dad reads to them to them reading to mom/dad. This book is good, for its target audience it delivers; so if you've got a young one that's just getting the hang of reading, you might wanna go check this one out at the library. Rating 4 out of 5 Read@Book