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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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
Sales rank: 1,214,863
Product dimensions: 8.60(w) x 11.40(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About 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 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
JAMuckley 8 months ago
"Ivy in Bloom" by Vanita Oelschlager is a beautiful book of waiting for Spring during the Winter and then enjoying the wonderful weather once it arrives. The unique thing about this children's picture book is that Ms. Oelschlager utilizes classic works of poetry pieced together into a cohesive story. If you didn't read the final two pages of the book, you might not even realize it. The book has a beautiful message that is inspiring for young people to read books and poetry more and more. Some of the featured poets interwoven into this children's story include: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Charles Dickens, William Cullen Bryant, John Greenleaf Whittier, E.E. Cummings, Chris Morley, Walt Whitman, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Robert Frost, A.A. Milne and Robert Browning. Excerpts from the famous poetry she pulled the words from are included at the end of the book too, to see the text in its original context.  What a lovely treasure! I received this eBook free of charge from VanitaBooks, LLC via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. I did not receive any fiscal compensation from either company for this review and the opinions expressed herein are entirely my own.
Cat_Reader 10 months ago
A perfect book to start children in the magical universe of the classics. A well-dosed blend of poetry, delicacy, soft and light graphics, where a literary puzzle ends up forming a unique story about spring love and all its colors. I loved it too much to accompany Ivy and her yearning for the most flowery and cute season of the year.
derbygirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
(Easy picture/poetry (found poetry form) book) I loved this book. I came across it at the ALA convention in New Orleans and had to buy it. The feel of it in my hands was solid, and the pictures inside are solid as well with bold black outlines filled with either pale or vibrant shades depending on the text. The little girl character is an approachable one who verbalizes through her facial expressions and the found poetry that anxiousness we all feel when waiting for winter to be over, and the happy relief we feel when we can shed our extra winter weight as the first green tips poke out of the ground. The author also explores the season of March when we first experience small glimmers of the promise of warmer weather, and then exuburant playfulness in the green life of summer. What makes this book the most interesting however, is the treat at the end of the book when the reader discovers that the text is lifted from great poets and writers from the past and is infiltrated into the author's own text to create the story. At the back of the book, the contributing poets full poems can be found with the words that were used highligted. A few examples of some of the poets used were: Charles Dickens, Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson and E.E. Cummings. This book would be an excellent introductory passage to teach children about some of the literary greats. Also of interest is the creation process of the illustrations by Kristin Blackwood, whom I had the pleasure of meeting at the convention. Ms. Blackwood painstakingly creates each page's illustration from traditional block prints cut from linoleum and then printed in black on white stock. She was carving illustrations as we spoke and it was truly a labor of love. All net profits from Vanita Oelschlager books are donated to charitable organizations, focusing on Multiple Sclerosis. What's not to love about this book or their creators?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Summary: Follows Ivy Van Allsberg as she waits for spring. Through pieces of poetry from different poets we go through her time as she waits. A great read for kids ages between Pre-k to 3 either for poetry or for weather lessons. Illustrations are fun and beautiful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Summary: Follows Ivy Van Allsberg as she waits for spring. Through pieces of poetry from different poets we go through her time as she waits. A great read for kids ages between Pre-k to 3 either for poetry or for weather lessons. Illustrations are fun and beautiful.
ksnapier475 More than 1 year ago
This is a beautiful book to share with children. It begins with Ivy brought down by winter. She loves spring and all of the beautiful colors. She goes on a spring hunt in March, and was disappointed, all she sees is snow. However, in April the colors begin to appear. Their are lines of poetry throughout and some of the lines are familiar.There is a list of the poems and their poets in the back of the book. The lines from the poems used are also highlighted. Illustrations are simple but beautiful and enhance the text very well. I feel this would be a wonderful book to share with children to open their eyes to the beauty of poetry. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and Vanita books in exchange for my honest review.
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