This is a lovely edition of Robert Frost's poem Birches. Ed Young's illustrations couldn’t be better. They’re gorgeous, creative, unusual, and createThis is a lovely edition of Robert Frost's poem Birches. Ed Young's illustrations couldn’t be better. They’re gorgeous, creative, unusual, and create the perfect atmosphere for the poem. They’re special and amazing. Even though this is a picture book, I’m surprised it’s considered a children’s book. Yes, children can enjoy it, but this is a poem I think is more fully appreciated by adults, or teens, or maybe older children. The poem is told over the illustrated pages and then the entire poem is presented on two pages, with a single, unobtrusive illustration....more
I’d meant to get a copy of this poem book by a different illustrator. But I’m happy with this edition. I love its story. The illustrator grew up in AmI’d meant to get a copy of this poem book by a different illustrator. But I’m happy with this edition. I love its story. The illustrator grew up in America and moved to Israel after college. An Israeli friend finally convinced him to take a road trip through America to see the sights. The paintings in this book came from that trip they took together.
I’ve always liked this song, better than our national anthem. The four verses of this poem are shown with their music on the inside covers but only the first verse appears, with illustrations, in the book.
My biggest gripe is that Niagara Falls is shown on the Canadian side, the far more beautiful side, yes, but this is supposed to be a book about America, not Canada.
All the paintings are shown again the last three pages of the book, in large thumbnail view, with their location and a bit about their location. Those locations are: Monument Valley, Niagara Falls, The Great Smoky Mountains, The Great Plains, The Grand Tetons, Napa Valley, The Grand Canyon, The Coastal Redwoods, Mesa Verde, Rainbow Bridge, Mount Rushmore, Oregon Coast, Statue of Liberty, and Pikes Peak, the location that inspired the poet to write this poem in the first place.
I did enjoy the illustrations. I like what is done with color and brushstrokes, and I like the colors used. They’re a good complement to the poem/song....more
This story, told via haiku poems, is so cute, sweet, charming, amusing and touching, and clever. It feels nearly perfect. The story is wonderful and wThis story, told via haiku poems, is so cute, sweet, charming, amusing and touching, and clever. It feels nearly perfect. The story is wonderful and wonderfully told. I was surprised by how much I adored this book.
There is also a lovely author’s note at the end about what a haiku poem is and why he chose to write this story via haiku. Perfect choice!
The illustrations are just wonderful. They’re so expressive and colorful and engaging. A part of the style I’d love anywhere; a part of the style works for this story whereas it might not work for me elsewhere.
This is a perfect book for kids of all ages, if they love dogs, or haiku, and/or expressive and fun pictures.
It would be great for families about to adopt a shelter or rescue dog or part of a lesson plan on poetry and poetry writing, particularly haiku. I can see this book inspiring older kids to write some haiku poems of their own.
I’m going to try to remember this one for gift giving. If there was more room on our profile pages for more shelves, I’d love a for-gifts shelf.
My only quibble is that in one scene the dog is shown with his face out the car window. Fun for dogs and I’ve been a culprit at times of allowing that, but it’s so dangerous, especially re the potential for eye injuries....more
Yes, this is by THE Sylvia Plath, but it’s one I’d never heard of until recently. I’m glad her children had/have it. It shows another side of her, andYes, this is by THE Sylvia Plath, but it’s one I’d never heard of until recently. I’m glad her children had/have it. It shows another side of her, and I think shows what a fun mother and person she could be, and just highlights the waste that was her premature death. Now, her poem on its own is whimsical and fun. But for me what makes this book and the wonderful illustrations. They bring the poem’s words to life. Very enjoyable! This would make a fine bedtime book, as long as the little ones aren’t prone to ask too many detailed questions about its author. I would have been completely enchanted by this book as a young child. The poem and illustrations are very inventive, and invite children to imagine their own ideal beds. 4 ½ stars...more
Fascinating scientific information about how spirals are so prevalent in nature. This goes for individual animGorgeous and eye catching illustrations.
Fascinating scientific information about how spirals are so prevalent in nature. This goes for individual animals (and animal parts and postures), individual plants, ocean waves, clouds, and entire galaxies.
I love how this can be read on so many different levels to and by so many ages of kids. The simple text information and big pictures can appeal to the youngest child. the words used are soothing enough so that this could even work as a bedtime story! The slightly older child will love finding the smaller pictures within pictures that give more specific examples, which are named. And for older kids there is a wonderful two page spread at the end of the book, which both reviews and expands on the information in the book proper.
This is the best kind of nature & science book: it teaches in a way that is so interesting. I learned quite a few things I hadn’t know until reading them in this book, and it also got me thinking about this spiral pattern.
Also, anyone who finds the spiral shape attractive or compelling in any way will find a lot here to love....more
I knew nothing about Emma Lazarus before reading this book. I’m ashamed to say I didn’t know (or remember) who composed the famous “Give me your tiredI knew nothing about Emma Lazarus before reading this book. I’m ashamed to say I didn’t know (or remember) who composed the famous “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free” poem. It was Emma.
I loved this book because between the book proper and the author’s note, this book covers her entire life. For many reasons she’s a woman to be emulated. I greatly admire here. Emma’s story, and the stories of the immigrants she cared about, are as inspirational as is the Statue of Liberty.
I adore this book’s illustrations. I found them completely engaging, and thoroughly enjoyed viewing the many details on every page. The pictures really shine and beautifully complement all parts of this story.
This is a fine book for learning about the history of the Statue of Liberty, a bit about immigration in the 1880s, especially of Jewish people, and I learned a fair amount about Emma Lazarus and I was delighted to do so. I hope there are many more people just like her around today!
As soon as I read the description I thought of César Chávez and lo and behold, he’s C, and also the book is (fittinglThis book is absolutely stunning!
As soon as I read the description I thought of César Chávez and lo and behold, he’s C, and also the book is (fittingly) dedicated to him. As it’s about the contributions of farm workers, this felt perfect to me. Also wonderful is that the illustrator grew up in a family who were migrant farm workers and he worked the fields as a young child. How special that he could turn such hardship into such vibrant and beautiful paintings. They’re really amazing. They’re bold and colorful and seem evocative of his childhood.
My favorite page is Q = Querer = Love because it depicts a grandfather (I’m nearly certain it’s a grandfather and not a father) sitting up against a tree reading to his grandchildren. Books & love!
I really appreciate that the alphabet here is A to Z using the Spanish words. Usually, it’s the other way around and English comes first.
Each letter has a poem, first in Spanish and then the same poem in English. I loved the poems; I thought they were so good.
I was touched by the poetry, by its meanings (including the ones about specific vegetables and fruits and flowers), and by the art work, and by the bilingual effort. This is a wonderful book for Spanish readers learning ESL and also English readers wanting to learn to read Spanish....more