Winter reads are wonderful but, sometimes, one gets an urge to move onto Spring, especially on a sunny day like today.

If you are getting drawn towards a new season, there is a perfect read for you–Ivy in Bloom, published by VanitaBooks website.

This hardcover, children’s book written by Vanita Oelschlager and illustrated by Kristin Blackwood is  a treasure. The sub-title gives us a clue as to why–it incorporates  The Poetry of Spring from Great Poets and Writers of the Past. Tucked into Oelschlager’s brief story about this winsome little girl, Ivy,  are snippets of classic word artists, from Dickinson to Frost to Whitman. They are, in truth, spring finds! In this story, you will follow Ivy from the winter doldrums to bursts of spring. 

Found poetry/prose takes some words from a source, credit always given, and re-invents them in a new way. This is done, successfully, here. The original sources are included at the end of the book. Note: If you want to know more about this format, check out a link at http://www.creative-writing-now.com/found-poetry.html .

This book is an artful delight for young and old with colourful drawings and melodious words.

Enjoy this early spring read!

IVY IN BLOOM cover photo from Net Galley site
cover photo from Net Galley site
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Author: Patricia McGoldrick

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