Ivy in Bloom by Vanita Oelsclager is about Ivy , a little girl waiting for spring. The art is simply exquisite, and I praise Kristin Blackwood for her beautiful imagination. 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.
The illustrations are colorful 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.
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.
I received this ARC from VanitaBooks, LLC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.