Book Review: Ivy in Bloom by Vanita Oelschlager

Ivy in Bloom by Vanita Oelschlager

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Title: Ivy in Bloom
Author: Vanita Oelschlager
Illustrator: Kristin Blackwood
Publisher: Vanita Books
Publish Date: April 1, 2009
Genre: Childrens – Picture Book
Series: na
My Rating: 5/5


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.

Ivy in Bloom by Vanita Oelschlager
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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 a free digital copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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