Ivan's Great Fall:
Poetry for Summer and Autumn from Great Poets and Writers of the Past
by Vanita Oelschlager
illustrated by Kristin Blackwood
Poetry, Picture Book
Book Jacket Summary
Ivan's Great Fall is the story of a young boy reluctant to say goodbye to summer. Everything about summer makes him happy. Summer is endless days of play and nights full of stars. As summer turns to fall, he discovers autumn has a charm of its own. Fall is friends and school, trees full of brilliant colors and a chill in the air. Ivan's Great Fall introduces children to the poetry of Keats, Dickinson, Sandburg, Bronte and others. Excerpts from their writings, as seen through Ivan'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.
Weaving in classic poetry in with her own beginning and end, Oelschlager finds a way to introduce lines of famous poets to children. Her aim is good but the transitioning can be a bit jarring. She had the same problem in Ivy in Bloom but still works as a cute picture book about the summer season. I do like that Oelschclager has the entirety of the poems in the back of the book, plus a brief history of the poet. I love Kristin Blackwood's illustrations that capture the haziness of summer. Cute and worth a check out from the library.
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