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Posted January 23, 2006
A student of one of America's most beloved poets, Robert Frost, the young James Hayford was a native of Vermont. It was at Amherst College that he studied with Frost who became more than a teacher to him. Frost believed in Hayford and offered him $1,000 if he would stay in American and spend his time writing poetry. In 1935 that amount of money was enough for Hayford to live on for a whole year, and he accepted. We're grateful that he did for he has left the world a treasure of poems about New England, capturing its beauty and its hardships. 'Knee-Deep In Blazing Snow,' a collection especially edited for young readers, covers the four seasons of the year beginning with Summer and 'Hay-Jumpers': 'When hay was put in loose, We jumpers had our use....' A reminder of the fun youngsters had jumping in the hay. Autumn is heralded with 'Night Milking Time' and Winter with 'First Snow': 'Blanketing fields that lately were bare brown, Let this soft midnight snow brings blessings down On all the people in the little town.' Special pleasure is found in reading Hayford's poems aloud and, of course, the talented Michael McCurdy's woodcuts are the perfect accompaniment to this collection subtitled 'Growing Up In Vermont.' - Gail CookeWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.