Ivy in Bloom: Review

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This book is absolutely adorable! Not only was the poetry/story beautiful, but the illustrations were a delight to look at. The young girl portrayed in the story is adorable; she looks so dejected until the first beginnings of spring begin to show themselves. Even while sledding, an activity that normally brings delight to young children, she is laying flat on the sled and looks quite forlorn.

The writing in this book is quite refreshing. The poetry flows smoothly without being too reminiscent of Dr. Seuss’s overpowering rhyme schemes. There were a couple of sentences that stood out as exceptional and perfectly demonstrate what the end of winter/the beginning of spring is like. For example, “Spring, when the world is mud-luscious.” Or “April prepares her green traffic light and the world thinks, “GO”!”

The layout of this book is pleasant to read as well. Most of the pages are the standard full-page pictures with words over the picture in a subtle spot. But there was one page where the pictures are arranged into four columns and the text is placed in between them. I thought that added a nice change of pace and allowed the illustrator to insert a small miniature story into the larger story.

I only have one gripe about this book – I wish it had been longer. I wish there had been a little more detail and description of the transition from winter to spring. I just didn’t want the story to end.

Bottom Line: I would give this book 8/10 stars, although it’s closer to 8.5. The poetry and art were very pleasant, although I wish the book had been longer.

I received this book for review purposes via NetGalley.

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