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Ivy in Bloom: The Poetry of Spring from Great Poets and Writers from the Past

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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." A 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.


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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." A 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.

30 review for Ivy in Bloom: The Poetry of Spring from Great Poets and Writers from the Past

  1. 4 out of 5

    [Shai] Bibliophage

    I wasn't able to notice that Vanita Oelschlager is the author of this book therefore, I didn't anticipate that the poem is for kids. Nonetheless, I still liked the poem written by Oelschlager and the cute illustrations done by Kristin Blackwood. The bibliography is the part that I like best because there are poems written related to spring by some of the famous poets such as the likes of Dickens, E.e. Cummings, Walt Whitman, and Robin Browning. I wasn't able to notice that Vanita Oelschlager is the author of this book therefore, I didn't anticipate that the poem is for kids. Nonetheless, I still liked the poem written by Oelschlager and the cute illustrations done by Kristin Blackwood. The bibliography is the part that I like best because there are poems written related to spring by some of the famous poets such as the likes of Dickens, E.e. Cummings, Walt Whitman, and Robin Browning.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Alex ☣ Deranged KittyCat ☣

    Although it's autumn and we're waiting for winter, the cover of this picture book got my attention. Ivy in Bloom is about Ivy (obviously), a little girl waiting for spring. The art is simply exquisite, and I praise Kristin Blackwood for her beautiful imagination. I'm completely in love with Ivy. Another thing that makes this little book special is the insertion of lines from great authors such as Dickinson or Wordsworth. But at the end, Vanita Oelschlager has longer excerpts and small bios for eac Although it's autumn and we're waiting for winter, the cover of this picture book got my attention. Ivy in Bloom is about Ivy (obviously), a little girl waiting for spring. The art is simply exquisite, and I praise Kristin Blackwood for her beautiful imagination. I'm completely in love with Ivy. Another thing that makes this little book special is the insertion of lines from great authors such as Dickinson or Wordsworth. But at the end, Vanita Oelschlager has longer excerpts and small bios for each writer. That way, as you child grows, (s)he can learn something more. I highly recommend Ivy in Bloom. It's a great addition to any child's library. *I thank Vanita Oelschlager, Vanita Books, and Netgalley for this copy in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    2.5 Stars. I feel like this was a wonderful idea- the book takes phrases and lines from wonderful poets and assembles them together to form a new cohesive poem about Spring. It's a really great way for kids to get into poetry. The proceeds of this book are also going to numerous charities which makes the book even better in my eyes. I loved the illustrations, they were colourful and cute. They really brought the book up in my opinion. As for the actual poem itself, I thought it could have been b 2.5 Stars. I feel like this was a wonderful idea- the book takes phrases and lines from wonderful poets and assembles them together to form a new cohesive poem about Spring. It's a really great way for kids to get into poetry. The proceeds of this book are also going to numerous charities which makes the book even better in my eyes. I loved the illustrations, they were colourful and cute. They really brought the book up in my opinion. As for the actual poem itself, I thought it could have been better. I felt like some of it flowed very well while other bits of it were sort of choppy and felt discombobulated to me. I'm rounding this up to 3 stars because of the illustrations, the idea, the fact that the proceeds go to charity and because I feel like kids will like it. I would recommend this to people who plan on reading it to children and I would read more by Vanita Oelschlager & Kristin Blackwood. * I received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

  4. 5 out of 5

    PattyMacDotComma

    5★ A creative and colourful way to introduce readers to classic poetry. If you’re familiar with Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Walt Whitman and Robert Frost, you will recognise many phrases. But to refresh your memory, each poem is reproduced in its entirety at the end, under a picture of the illustration that introduced it. The poet’s name, dates and a few words of history are included, as well as a reference for the work quoted, making this a lovely resource for inspiration. The illustrations show a 5★ A creative and colourful way to introduce readers to classic poetry. If you’re familiar with Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Walt Whitman and Robert Frost, you will recognise many phrases. But to refresh your memory, each poem is reproduced in its entirety at the end, under a picture of the illustration that introduced it. The poet’s name, dates and a few words of history are included, as well as a reference for the work quoted, making this a lovely resource for inspiration. The illustrations show a little girl overwhelmed with the heavy grey of winter and longing for spring. Off she goes in her boots for a tramp and visits the frozen delights of winter, still hankering for sunshine and warm weather. We watch her progress through the seasons to enjoy the sun and flowers. The words are bits and pieces from apt poems cleverly linked by the author to describe the different months and seasons. “It was one of those March days When the sun shines hot And the wind blows cold.” (Charles Dickens from Great Expectations) “April prepares her green traffic light And the world thinks Go.” (Christopher Morley from John Mistletoe) “Spring when the world is mud-luscious. Spring when the world is puddle-wonderful” (E.E. Cummings from In Just-Spring) I must stop! It's just delightful. Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a review copy.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Hirdesh

    It was book about a girl thinks about spring and also posses some thoughts of her about other months.

  6. 4 out of 5

    MissBecka

    This was a delightful poem about the hopes and happiness of the changing seasons. The creative drawings are lovely and extremely well done. I read my first Vanita Oelschlager book earlier this year and she is quickly becoming a favourite! Thank you NetGalley and VanitaBooks, LLC for my DRC.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Scarlet Cameo

    Can you create a good (full) poem using a lot of works extracts? I didn't believe it possible but this ode to spring is made by paraphrasing to Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, Robert Frost and many other writers. The illustrations make that the product don't feel so empty plus it makes good accompanying to paragraph or line. A quick reading and sweet with which I disagree because I prefer winter A digital copy of this book was provided by NetGalley

  8. 5 out of 5

    Richard

    This is a wonderful idea for a book. Initially it is the creative writing of poet Vanita Oelschlager, she writes about a little girl through whose eyes we will hopefully see the change of seasons. "I'm Ivy Van Allsberg. I'm waiting for Spring." After a few lines, setting the mood and tone, beautifully illustrated by Kristin Blackwood the magic of this children's book escapes. They will be enthralled by Ivy, her bright eyes and black hair who not only stares out of he window but then acts as our g This is a wonderful idea for a book. Initially it is the creative writing of poet Vanita Oelschlager, she writes about a little girl through whose eyes we will hopefully see the change of seasons. "I'm Ivy Van Allsberg. I'm waiting for Spring." After a few lines, setting the mood and tone, beautifully illustrated by Kristin Blackwood the magic of this children's book escapes. They will be enthralled by Ivy, her bright eyes and black hair who not only stares out of he window but then acts as our guide outside in all weathers and outfits. The special dimension to this book and the unfolding story is the borrowing of other great writers words and phrases; to reveal the full richness of a Spring long awaited. The skill has been the editing of these poems and sentences to give a flavour and a depth to the piece. All the writers are credited, with a brief biography of their work, this is highlighted in the bibliography section. I reckon with a familiar ear and new found skills to read any child will grow to love this part of the book best as it is a window upon some great writers and poets. The child can then take a similar journey as the author and research these historic figures. Then seek out their work and develop a love of these wordsmiths for themselves. Meanwhile at age this book will be a hit and well received for its words and pictures. "April prepares her green traffic light. And the world thinks go." 'Christopher Morley (5 May 1890 – 28 March 1957). He was an American poet, novelist, journalist and playwright. This comes from John Mistletoe, written in 1931.'

  9. 4 out of 5

    Patty

    *3.5 Stars Ivy in Bloom is a cute, light and short children's book. Throughout this book different parts from famous poems are used from writers like E. E. Cummings, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Emily Dickinson and much more. While I found it to have a pleasant flow, I would have preferred long verses. The illustrations were beautiful and I found myself paying more attention to the drawings rather than the words. I really like the fact that at the end of the book they included which writers/poets *3.5 Stars Ivy in Bloom is a cute, light and short children's book. Throughout this book different parts from famous poems are used from writers like E. E. Cummings, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Emily Dickinson and much more. While I found it to have a pleasant flow, I would have preferred long verses. The illustrations were beautiful and I found myself paying more attention to the drawings rather than the words. I really like the fact that at the end of the book they included which writers/poets wrote each verse. Overall, this is a cute and simple book I highly recommend parents to pick up, I think it's suitable for children between the ages of 4-11.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Briar's Reviews

    Ivy Van Allsberg just wants spring to come! Can you blame her? All of the birds and flowers and sunshine are delightful! The bibliography to show how this book was crafted was one hundred percent the best part. As an adult reader reading a children's novel, that is what really drew me in. Kids will love the fun pictures and the story, but I loved seeing how it was made. Books like this where there is something for the kids, and then something for the parent or educator really stand out to me! My Ivy Van Allsberg just wants spring to come! Can you blame her? All of the birds and flowers and sunshine are delightful! The bibliography to show how this book was crafted was one hundred percent the best part. As an adult reader reading a children's novel, that is what really drew me in. Kids will love the fun pictures and the story, but I loved seeing how it was made. Books like this where there is something for the kids, and then something for the parent or educator really stand out to me! My biggest negative is that the rhyming felt very forced at times. Some of the lines were truly timeless and felt very right, but some of them didn't sound as good. The second page is where I cringed at the rhymes, but the rest didn't fall flat like that one did for me. One line doesn't ruin a book though! Other positives notes: 1. I absolutely LOVE the cover of the edition I was given from NetGalley. The little girl standing on "In" and the pretty flowers set the scene just right. 2. And not just the cover, all of the pictures within this book. They are cartoon-y and yet so classic! 3. I'm pretty much Ivy. I relate way too much. Overall, this book is a sweet little read! The poetry is lovely and the pictures are awesome. I'd highly recommend this book for young readers. Four out of five stars. I received this book for free from NetGalley.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Carrie

    Ivy in Bloom is a sweet little poem about the coming of spring. Many lines are taken from other poets and writers, with original lines from the author and weaved together to make the poem come to life. Filled with colorful illustrations of the little girl Ivy as she waits and welcomes Spring. At the back of the book the author has included the pieces in which they have sampled the lines from. A very sweet and quick read.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Becca (Coffeebooksandjournals)

    Thank you to Netgalley for providing me with an ARC copy.i have this a 3/5 stars. I really enjoyed this with how cold and snowy it’s been where I live. I think if you want children to get into poetry this would be a good one to start with. They would understand and it’s about looking forward to spring, the sun, and all the bright colors.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Alja Katuin

    Cute, lighthearted poems. Perfect for younger children in this time of the year.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Simant | Flipping Through the Pages

    This is a simple children's poetry book but a beautiful one. The illustrations done by Kristin Blackwood are really great and colors used are just beautiful. This is a story of a girl named Ivy waiting for the spring, after dark winter. The idea of this book was very unique - It took lines from some poems from famous authors and combined them to create a single poem about spring. At the end the author has also given the full excerpts of the poems from which the lines were taken, as well as the aut This is a simple children's poetry book but a beautiful one. The illustrations done by Kristin Blackwood are really great and colors used are just beautiful. This is a story of a girl named Ivy waiting for the spring, after dark winter. The idea of this book was very unique - It took lines from some poems from famous authors and combined them to create a single poem about spring. At the end the author has also given the full excerpts of the poems from which the lines were taken, as well as the author details. This way you can also read some famous poems of known authors. I think this book is very much suitable for children and they will love the artwork. I thank Vanita Books and Netgalley for this copy in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest | Amazon

  15. 5 out of 5

    tamar

    This book is BEAUTIFULLY illustrated. For each illustration there are a few lines from poems by Dickenson, Milne, Shelley, Whitman, Dickens, Cummings, Morley, Frost, Nashe, Millay, Wordsworth, Browning, Longfellow, Bryant, and Whittier. I’m sad to be the only one to grouse, but the format did not speak to me. Why detract from something beautiful? Each poem is short. Why, oh why, did the author choose to show only two or three lines of each poem alongside each illustration, instead of the full po This book is BEAUTIFULLY illustrated. For each illustration there are a few lines from poems by Dickenson, Milne, Shelley, Whitman, Dickens, Cummings, Morley, Frost, Nashe, Millay, Wordsworth, Browning, Longfellow, Bryant, and Whittier. I’m sad to be the only one to grouse, but the format did not speak to me. Why detract from something beautiful? Each poem is short. Why, oh why, did the author choose to show only two or three lines of each poem alongside each illustration, instead of the full poem on each page? For some unfathomable reason, the full texts of the poems appear merely as an afterthought in small print next to icons of the illustrations at the end of the book! How can you have a meaningful discussion with a child about a poem when only one or two lines of the poem are shown out of context? The poems and illustrations are brilliant. This book would have been five brilliant stars (with no reservations), if not for the presentation. Thank you NetGalley And VanitaBooks,LLC for this beautiful read that filled my heart with joy twice – once when I sighed over the beautiful illustrations and once when I read and reread the beautiful lines of the poems, in context, at the end of the book.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Dora (Swift Coffee Book Blog)

    This children's poetry/picture book is sweet, but to me, it sounded way better than it actually turned out to be. It's a couple of original lines/verses (which I actually loved!) and many individual lines from famous poets, so that it would all look like one big poem telling a story about a girl waiting for the spring. It's such an adorable and great idea! It didn't really work for me, though. I expected a whole story built-up this way, but in fact, I found that it lacked some continuity and log This children's poetry/picture book is sweet, but to me, it sounded way better than it actually turned out to be. It's a couple of original lines/verses (which I actually loved!) and many individual lines from famous poets, so that it would all look like one big poem telling a story about a girl waiting for the spring. It's such an adorable and great idea! It didn't really work for me, though. I expected a whole story built-up this way, but in fact, I found that it lacked some continuity and logic. It was simply moments dragged out from the days of a little girl longing for the end of winter. It's sweet, but it could be better. In the end of the book there are excerpts of the poems the lines are taken from, and to be honest, I liked that part way more than the actual book. I do admit, though, that this is a very nice and creative way to introduce (very) little children to poetry. The illustrations are beautiful, sweet and I found them to be way more attractive than the text. For those I give this book a 3 star rating. I honestly loved them, and I think those are what little kids notice the most anyway.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Monique S. (The Ginger Librarian)

    "Ivy in Bloom" is made up of words and lines from classic poems and literature, blended together to form a story that depicts a young girl's anticipation and adoration of the spring season. Parts of this book feel a bit out of place or choppy, however I enjoyed the overall concept of this book and its beautiful illustrations. Also, the proceeds of this book are said to be donated to numerous charities, which gives me an even greater appreciation for this book. The above image is of my favorite pa "Ivy in Bloom" is made up of words and lines from classic poems and literature, blended together to form a story that depicts a young girl's anticipation and adoration of the spring season. Parts of this book feel a bit out of place or choppy, however I enjoyed the overall concept of this book and its beautiful illustrations. Also, the proceeds of this book are said to be donated to numerous charities, which gives me an even greater appreciation for this book. The above image is of my favorite page from this book. "Ivy in Bloom" is a lovely book to introduce young children to the art of poetry. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and the book's publisher in exchange for my honest review, for which I am very grateful.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    Ivy in Bloom by Vanita Oelschlager (Illustrated by Kristin Blackwood) is a charming children's book about a young girl who looks forward to experiencing the beauty and adventure of spring. The illustrations are absolutely gorgeous! Most children will empathize with Ivy's feelings about winter and her longing for spring. This is also a great introduction to poetry for children, as the author cleverly uses portions of famous poems to tell Ivy's story. At the end of the book, longer sections of the Ivy in Bloom by Vanita Oelschlager (Illustrated by Kristin Blackwood) is a charming children's book about a young girl who looks forward to experiencing the beauty and adventure of spring. The illustrations are absolutely gorgeous! Most children will empathize with Ivy's feelings about winter and her longing for spring. This is also a great introduction to poetry for children, as the author cleverly uses portions of famous poems to tell Ivy's story. At the end of the book, longer sections of these famous poems are included in a bibliography for further reading. I recommend this book for children in grades K-3, though it could also be used with slightly older children (grades 4-5) while studying poetry.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Darinda

    A story of a young girl enjoying the changing seasons, using selected verses from well-known authors. Loved the bold, colorful artwork. The story starts in winter and is depicted in browns and grays. As the season's change from winter to spring, the color gradually emerges until it explodes across the pages. A bibliography is included in the back of this book that lists the author and works used to create Ivy in Bloom. I received an ARC ebook from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Literary Soirée

    🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸 Ivy in Bloom tells the story of a young girl weary of winter, through poetic text from the author, Frost, Longfellow, Dickinson, Browning, Wordsworth, and others. Their lovely language introduces children to the beauty of poetry as a way to express feelings. Also features bios of each poet along with longer excerpts of their work. 5/5 I received a complimentary copy of this book from Vanita Books through NetGalley. Opinions expressed are completely my own.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jeimy

    When I started reading this book I was disappointed. I was expecting an anthology and instead read a picture book about a girl enjoying a spring day. This book is more than it appears at first glance as all the words from the story are actually quotes from the "great poems and writers from the past." The author includes the original poems in the epilogue which makes this a must have.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lin

    This is a perfect book for children with illustrations and poems that they will enoy and find iteresting. I personally loved the art work more than the actual poems, maybe because I am older and this was not my cup of tea. Regadless it was a fast and eye pleasing read so no regrets. ^.^

  23. 4 out of 5

    RaeDawn Drenning

    Thank you to Netgalley for the ebook copy in exchange for an honest review. This is pretty much a children's book of poetry with beautiful artwork. A great book to get children interested in reading poetry or loving art. This was a fabulous little book.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Emma Rose

    Ivy in Bloom was a wonderful poem book! I loved the illustrations, and it was written very nice. I loved how it included different poets like, Charles Dickens, Emily Dickinson, John Greenleaf Whittier, Robert Frost, and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. I thought it was put in there very nicely, and it flowed with it beautifuly. My only complaint, is I thought it could've been a little longer. I just thought it made a very cute children's book, and it just needed more. But besides that - I think I would Ivy in Bloom was a wonderful poem book! I loved the illustrations, and it was written very nice. I loved how it included different poets like, Charles Dickens, Emily Dickinson, John Greenleaf Whittier, Robert Frost, and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. I thought it was put in there very nicely, and it flowed with it beautifuly. My only complaint, is I thought it could've been a little longer. I just thought it made a very cute children's book, and it just needed more. But besides that - I think I would make an awesome children's book, especially children who like reading poetry! Or even those who don't, this might get them to be interested in it! 😄 *Thank you to the publisher and author for providing me a copy of this book on NetGalley. I was not required to write and honest review and all opinions are my own.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Izabella (Pages Full of Stars)

    "I stare out the window / looking for birds / or flowers / or even warm showers. / But I don't see any such thing." Ivy in Bloom is a story of a girl waiting for spring to come but what makes it unusual is the way it is told - as most of the book is comprised of the pieces of poems. That, accompanied by gorgeous illustrations, makes for a wonderful and charming read. I thought that the story itself was really cute. We're following Ivy as she's waiting for the seasons to change and winter to go "I stare out the window / looking for birds / or flowers / or even warm showers. / But I don't see any such thing." Ivy in Bloom is a story of a girl waiting for spring to come but what makes it unusual is the way it is told - as most of the book is comprised of the pieces of poems. That, accompanied by gorgeous illustrations, makes for a wonderful and charming read. I thought that the story itself was really cute. We're following Ivy as she's waiting for the seasons to change and winter to go into spring. At the beginning she points out how in winter and early spring everything around is gray and cold and then the reader can observe how as time passes by, the illustrations change with the weather, becoming more and more colourful. And speaking of the illustrations, I found them to be absolutely beautiful. I had a chance to read the book in an electronic format but I'm sure they're even more wonderful in print. It was my first time reading a book created by putting together excerpts from various poems and I thought that it worked really well and the author managed to make it sound cohesive. The additional bonus, I would say for both children and adults, is the fact that all the poems used in the story are included in the end together with short notes about the original authors. All in all, Ivy in Bloom is a charming story about the changing seasons, which at the same time can have an educational value and help introducing children to poetry. I would definitely recommend it to younger and older readers! I have kindly received a copy of this book from netgalley and VanitaBooks in exchange for an honest review. The review also appeared on my blog.

  26. 5 out of 5

    La Coccinelle

    This book was a bit of a disappointment. The poetry written by Oelschlager pales in comparison to the original source material. At the back of the book, the original poems are included, with the words that were incorporated into Oelschlager's poems highlighted in green. Unfortunately, many of the more evocative words were cut out (leaving behind more banal words like "sun", "heart", and even "from"); there were so many beautiful passages that could've been included in the actual book. I suspect This book was a bit of a disappointment. The poetry written by Oelschlager pales in comparison to the original source material. At the back of the book, the original poems are included, with the words that were incorporated into Oelschlager's poems highlighted in green. Unfortunately, many of the more evocative words were cut out (leaving behind more banal words like "sun", "heart", and even "from"); there were so many beautiful passages that could've been included in the actual book. I suspect the author was trying to keep the language simple for kids, but when I saw what was cut out versus what was included, it all seemed a bit condescending to me. The illustrations didn't impress me. The process did... but not the final result. Everything ends up looking a bit amateurish. (I almost think it would've worked better as straight black-and-white linoleum block prints. There wouldn't have been the ramping-up of colour as the book went from winter to spring, but I think perhaps the whole thing wouldn't have looked so Photoshopped.) If your child is truly interested in poetry, go back to the original source material, especially A. A. Milne's works (one of which is sampled from in this book). His poems in When We Were Very Young (not When We Were Young, as this book erroneously states) and Now We Are Six are lovely and whimsical, and far more interesting than the bland imitations of famous works that are presented here.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Plot Monster

    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 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.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Churin

    Amazing amazing amazing!! Is it okay to admit that I love a children book this much? Of course it is! :3 I have to say I'm completely in love with this book! I always love the theme of Vanita Oelschlager books, but I have to say this is by far the most beautiful book she has ever write. Everything is just so wonderful and scenic and every words make this peaceful and beautiful atmosphere, just like the first day of spring. Sigh. And I just love how cute and beautiful the illustration is! I have n Amazing amazing amazing!! Is it okay to admit that I love a children book this much? Of course it is! :3 I have to say I'm completely in love with this book! I always love the theme of Vanita Oelschlager books, but I have to say this is by far the most beautiful book she has ever write. Everything is just so wonderful and scenic and every words make this peaceful and beautiful atmosphere, just like the first day of spring. Sigh. And I just love how cute and beautiful the illustration is! I have never read any book illustrated by Kristin Blackwood before, but now I'm in love with her. I will definitely check more of her work! This book and 3 other books by Vanita are currently available in netgalley. Many thanks for netgalley and the publisher to provide this book in exchange for an honest review :)

  29. 5 out of 5

    Gazala

    Read this short and beautiful illustrated poetry book meant for kids. The book talks about a little girl who is weary of the Winter and is awaiting the spring. The illustrations are pleasant with a beautiful way of expressing the feelings and the weather of the place. However , the poetry was a tad disappointing . Some of the lines lacked connection , and where just scattered along with the illustrations. Somehow the poetry was more relatable to the art it came with , than with the other lines i Read this short and beautiful illustrated poetry book meant for kids. The book talks about a little girl who is weary of the Winter and is awaiting the spring. The illustrations are pleasant with a beautiful way of expressing the feelings and the weather of the place. However , the poetry was a tad disappointing . Some of the lines lacked connection , and where just scattered along with the illustrations. Somehow the poetry was more relatable to the art it came with , than with the other lines in the book. Overall : A beautiful book to look at , but just an average one when it comes to the poetry.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lorrie

    This is a really cute children's book where the author takes short excerpts from poems of famous poets and tells the story of a young girl who is tired of winter and ready for spring to arrive. The illustrations are lovely. The complete poems that the excerpts come from are provided at the end of the book. The only issue I have is that some of the quotes from the poems may be too difficult for a child to grasp (eg. "The fountain holds up chandeliers of frost"). I received an e-copy of this book f This is a really cute children's book where the author takes short excerpts from poems of famous poets and tells the story of a young girl who is tired of winter and ready for spring to arrive. The illustrations are lovely. The complete poems that the excerpts come from are provided at the end of the book. The only issue I have is that some of the quotes from the poems may be too difficult for a child to grasp (eg. "The fountain holds up chandeliers of frost"). I received an e-copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

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