Title: Ivy in Bloom: The Poetry of Spring from Great Poets and Writers of the Past
Author: Vanita Oelschlager
Illustrator(s): Kristin Blackwood
Genre: Children’s Fiction, Poetry
Publisher(s): Vanita Books, LLC
Publish Date: May 1, 2009
– Summary –
This children’s book focuses on a young girl and her weariness over a long, dreary winter. She longs to see the bright greens and yellows of spring, dotting fields of beautiful flowers. Follow Ivy as the season changes to spring, aided by the words of the author and famous poets.
– Pros –
Ivy in Bloom is such a cute, fun story with plenty of charm. It does show Ivy sad and upset throughout a long, bleak winter season. But this only lasts a few pages, and the story quickly switches to Ivy’s joy over the coming spring. As such, the book features a sweet story that covers a range of emotions without ever becoming too heavy. I think Ivy in Bloom would be a great book for parents and children to go over together, as this balance is perfect for readers of all ages.
Moreover, I believe many of us can relate to Ivy’s plight. After a cold, harrowing winter, I think we all look forward to the warmth and brightness of spring. Some of us spend the winter days waiting for spring just as eagerly as Ivy does. And the story does a great job of encapsulating the range of spring; how lively it is, how vibrant. Similarly, it was inspiring to see how Ivy reacted to the season and its many wonders. She truly enjoyed every aspect of spring, and it brought a smile to my face to see that.
Like I mentioned before, I think this would be a wonderful story for both child and adult readers. Specifically, it would be a great gateway into poetry for children and younger readers. It presents poetry in a very accessible, understandable format that would be easy for them to grasp.
Even better, Ivy in Bloom features lines from several famous poets and writers. Some of these writers include Charles Dickens, Robert Frost, and Emily Dickinson. Being a fan of poetry, I’ve read the work of some of these poets before, and I really enjoyed seeing their writing weaved into the main story. I thought this was a neat feature to include. Additionally, the chosen lines fit impeccably well with the illustrations. So, everything was matched up appropriately; I never felt as if the quotes were just thrown in.
One of the best parts of Ivy in Bloom is its gorgeous art. The illustrations leap off each page, with bright, playful colors and immeasurable charm. Whether you’re a child or adult, the pictures are beautiful and fun to look at. After my initial read of this book, I went back and spent minutes just poring over every illustration. There are so many little details to find and so much more to see with each picture. I truly enjoyed trying to seek out all of them.
– Final Thoughts –
All in all, Ivy in Bloom is a fantastic story overflowing with whimsy and charm. With beautiful, unique illustrations and lines from great poets of the past, it’s sure to please both children and adults. Overall, Ivy in Bloom is a must read, especially if you love poetry and the magic of spring. I’d readily recommend it to readers of any age.
– My Rating –
5 / 5 Stars
– Disclaimer –
*Thanks to NetGalley and Vanita Books, LLC for this book. I received a free copy from them, in exchange for an honest, unbiased review. All opinions are my own.