I've decided that today is going to be picture book day, full of colorful pages and books for our younger readers. Enjoy!
Title: Ivy in Bloom
By: Vanita Oelschlager
Genre: Picture book
Release Date: April 1st, 2009
Publisher: Vanita Books
Summary from Goodreads: 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.
Review: This was a good concept, but it didn't feel very cohesive. Kids will love the pictures though. The art is amazingly wonderful and the poems themselves are good. They just don't go together well.
Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.