Ivy in Bloom

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Description 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:

Thank you to Netgalley, Vanita Books, LLC, Vanita Oelschlager and Kristin Blackwood for the digital edition of this book that I received in exchange for an honest review.

Ivy in Bloom by Vanita Oelschlager has 24 pages and was published in 2009 by Vanita Books.

This book is absolutely adorable. I love it! The title is clever, the illustrations are gorgeous and best of all this book is laying the foundation for teaching poetry to school-aged children.

Ivy is a young girl that can’t wait for spring to arrive. The days pass by and she endures the longevity of winter looking forward to warm weather and spring flowers. The book contains snippets of famous poems in order to tell the story. The bibliography contains author bios for the poets as well as longer quotes from the poem.

I think this book could be a remarkable teaching tool for elementary students learning about poetry. I cannot recommend it highly enough – particularly to teachers.

About the Author:

“Vanita Oelschlager is a wife, mother,grandmother, former teacher, current caregiver and, for almost ten years, author and poet.

She was born and raised near Pittsburgh. She is a graduate of Mt. Union College in Alliance, Ohio, where she currently serves as a Trustee.

She has also supported and helped Jim as he built Oak Associates, ltd. into a successful investment management firm.

Today, as an accomplished author, Vanita shares openly the experiences that she, Jim and their families have had with multiple sclerosis. She has likened MS to living with an elephant, one that won’t go away or be ignored. Together, she and Jim have found ways to live with this “elephant”, and to share some of the larger lessons about life they’ve learned through the disease.” – Goodreads

Vanita Books

Rating:  5 Plot Monster Jr. Spiders

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MDW original review.  Source:  Netgalley.

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