Sunday, January 13, 2013

Book Review #1370 Ivy in Bloom by Vanita Oelschlager

Book Review #1370
Ivy in Bloom by Vanita Oelschlager, illustrated by Kristin Blackwood
Rating: two stars (out of four)

The rhyme scheme was a little cheesy in the beginning, but then it rapdily progressed into something more poetic. The illustrations were nice; graphic and colorful, with just the right amount of stylization. I was a little confused by some of the text near the end of the book - it didn't seem to match up with the beginning of the story. But when I got to the end I understood: the author had incorporated lines from famous poets throughout. It was a neat idea, but felt choppy at times. Some of the lines that were extrapulated were a little ridiculous, taking only five random words from a longer poem. But I realized the author was simply using the essence of the nature-inspired poetry to create something new. She had included the original poetry in the back for children to read if interested. And she had marked all of the words that appeared in the book with green font as a frame of reference. All in all, it was an okay book, but I'm not sure I'd recommend.

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