Title: Ivy in Bloom: The Poetry of Spring from Great Poets and Writers from the Past
Author: Vanita Oelschlager
Publication: April 1, 2009
Publisher: Vanita Books
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Children’s Poetry
Audience: 5 and up
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.
We have all experienced that winter weariness where you just can’t wait for spring and all the pretty flowers. I wish it was spring year round. The weather is pleasant, everything is blooming and full of color. This is a very cute book. The Illustrations are done wonderfully. It is wonderful how Oelschlager blends her poetry with works from classic poets to create something great and new. I’m getting this one for my winter dreariness arsenal. At the end of the book there is a bibliography referencing the poems used in the book, but in a longer form. There is also a miniature of the illustration. All net profits from this book will be donated to charitable organizations, with a gentle preference towards serving people with multiple sclerosis.