Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Winter Reading 2015 Changes: A Child's First Poetry Collection


This collection of poetry from the author of books such asWilliam's Doll and Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present takes readers on a journey through the seasons. The illustrations by Tiphanie Beeke are a wonderful accompaniment to each poem, bringing an added dimension to words that paint a picture all on their own. Whether she is describing the spring wind "brushing the world with feathery wings," or how "the light long summer is grown old," Zolotow captures the feel of each season. Her words capture the glittery look of the lights on a bridge at night, or daydreams sparked by the view out a classroom window. The sibilant sound of falling snow comes through in the words of "The First Snow." Other poems are bursting with all the colors she includes. Each one is like a slice of the year, preserved and served up to us.

Whether you are looking for a book to accompany a study of the changing seasons, an introduction to poetry, or a model text for descriptive writing - this book is it. Even more important is how enjoyable it would be to read together, one on one, or in a group. Readers will feel the cold of winter, smell the violets of spring, soak in the blue summer sky, or jump at the feel of a dog's wet nose against their palm. It is a delight to all the senses.

I read an advance copy provided by the publisher in exchange for my honest feedback.

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