Title: Ivy in Bloom
Author: Vanita Oelschlager
Illustrator: Kristin Blackwood
Publisher: Vanita Books
Published Date: April 1, 2009
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.
Ivy can’t wait for winter to be over and spring to start blooming. And she does so in poem form. And from other famous poets! I love how the author takes lines from famous poets/poems and incorporates them into this work of art. It modernizes the older works and gets the children involved. There is also more into the book for the parent to enjoy as well.
The illustrations are wonderful as well. Watching Ivy go through the the winter to spring season makes you wish you were a kid again.