Under the Tree

Under the Tree

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by Elizabeth Madox Roberts, William H. Slavick, F D. Bedford
     
 

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 3 Up Librarians should welcome this new edition of Under the Tree , Roberts' cycle of children's poems whose 1922 and 1930 editions are now out of print. Each of the 59 poems speaks in a clear, child's voice about the people, animals and feelings that are part of children's worlds. Each poem rings true, whether about early days when wolves stalked Kentucky (``At night they ran down out of the rocks /And bristled up their trembly fur'') or the hens that walked in the farmyard (``One of them moved and turned around, /Her feathers made a ruffled sound,'') or musings when looking at the stars (``So many that I think they must /Be sprinkled on the sky like dust''). The language, regardless of subject, is never forced, and the poems are in harmony with what children would observe. Bedford's line drawings that accompany each poem are in balance with the intimate nature of this small masterpiece. Reading the poems and handling the well-designed book makes one feel, to quote Roberts' poem ``Firefly,'' that ``A little light is going by, /Is going up to see the sky.''Kathleen D. Whalin, New Canaan Library, Conn.

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ISBN-13:
9780813115610
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
Publication date:
01/01/1985
Edition description:
Enlarged ed. / illustrated by F.D. Bedfo
Pages:
96

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