Book Review | Ivy in Bloom


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.
—source from Goodreads


This was ok. I adore the pictures by Kristin Blackwood. The Poetry, however, just doesn’t seem as good. I find there are pages I like better than others which is probably because the whole put is a collaboration of other poets pieces. It is a word or phrase from this poem and some from another to create one piece. I seem to not care much for that. I think it’s a nice idea but I don’t think it came out as well as the author had hoped. Or maybe that’s just me.

I still think it’s pretty good and the author does source the poetry in the back of the book and highlight the words of each poem in which he used.

I think the pictures deserve a five star rating and the poetry compilation a two stars. Even in picture books I think the words should carry the story unless it’s a wordless book.


This free ecopy was given in exchange for my honest opinion via NetGalley by VanitaBooks LLC.

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