Out and About: A First Book of Poems
Candlewick, 2015 (2015)
Reviewed by Bob Walch
ere's a collection of short poems about the seasons and the activities children enjoy in each one.
Out and About
, the title piece, celebrates spring and a child's first pair of shiny, new boots. With the boots on, the youngster can explore the garden and scamper about on wet days.
captures new plants appearing, the sky reflected in puddles, birds making nests and other small events that announce warmer weather.
n addition to the poetry, which is fun to read aloud, each page is filled with beautiful illustrations that evoke each seasonal situation. A little girl sits in the tall grass with her cat; a group of neighborhood children play in a backyard wading pool; and a fire of autumn leaves lights up the landscape in the evening as the family burns the leaves they have raked into a big pile.
f you feel it is time to introduce you child to poems, this collection is worth considering. All the events here are things a child will be able to relate to.
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