In another collection of poems, Up the Hill and Down: Poems for the Very Young, compiled by William Jay Smith, illus. by Allan Eitzen, some 29 carefully chosen poems by Robert Louis Stevenson, F. Scott Fitzgerald and many lesser known poets feature bouncy rhymes and imaginative themes. Smith includes several of his own original poems, and the groupings by subject plus the diverse, child-friendly illustrations make for much amusement. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
This delightful collection of poems is very entertaining. It contains poems from authors such as Carson McCullers, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Gwendolyn Brooks. Taking a bath, the family dog, and sunsets are just a few of the everyday experiences captured in the collection. The poems are rich in humor, rhyme, and word play and they transform the ordinary into the extraordinary. While some of the poems are long, most of the poems are short. All of the poems will be great read aloud with a small child. The illustrations are lively, colorful, and full of motion. They complement the poetry. This collection would great for anyone wanting to cultivate a love of poetry in children. 2003, Wordsong/Boyds Mills Press, Ages 3 to 8.
— Louise Parsons
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Most of the 29 poems in this appealing collection have been previously published and are by well-known authors, such as Robert Louis Stevenson, Marchette Chute, Beatrice Schenk de Regniers, Aileen Fisher, and David McCord, with 7 selections from Smith himself. Humorous, imaginative verses in couplets or quatrains capture the essence of childhood. Eitzen's bold, colorful, mixed-media illustrations depict children of different races and perfectly complement the playful tone of the poems. A lively and lovely anthology.-Sally R. Dow, Ossining Public Library, NY Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Nearly a quarter of the 29 short, conventional rhymes in this rather self-serving collection are Smith’s own, and all are reprints. The roster of other contributors includes F. Scott Fitzgerald and Carson McCullers, but after that the names are familiar mainstays of children’s poetry collections: David McCord, X.J. Kennedy, Dorothy Aldis, Aileen Fisher, and the like. Mixing paint with paper collage, Eitzen illustrates each poem with a scene featuring children or animals, generally looking reflectively off to the side or into the distance. Though most of the poems are thematically paired, Smith’s "The Mirror," for instance, with Gwendolyn Brooks’s "Do you ever look in a looking glass / And see a stranger there?," Smith seldom displays much ingenuity in making the matches, and in several cases abandons the effort altogether, as if it were too much work. An ordinary gathering, likely to be lost in the shuffle--and deservedly so. (Picture book/poetry. 7-9)