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Hardcover, 40 pgs
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Changes: A Child’s First Poetry Collection by Charlotte Zolotow is gorgeously illustrated by Tiphanie Beeke, and the 28 poems are divided into seasons to reflect the title. This collection is published posthumously, poems her daughter calls clean and clear about what changes and what stays the same. The collection opens with “Changes” that talks about the differences between the seasons but that they always come around the same time each year, even though the narrator has changed through the years. These verses are fantastic for little kids, projecting images that are complemented by the illustrations and allowing them to visual nature and the seasons.
These poems read as if told from the perspective of a child who stares in awe at the birds in the sky, the birds flying by, and all that surrounds them. From the cool breezes of spring and the budding flowers to the salty wind of the sea in summer on vacation, children will see the fun and get absorbed in the costumes of Halloween, the beginning of school in the fall, and the winter wonders of snowmen and the first snow. Beeke’s images are reminiscent of the whispy-ness of water color images and pastel smudges. Zolotow clearly has a firm grasp of the wonder most children have when they are young; they are curious and inquisitive, but there also are some who are contemplative. Read aloud these poems create a new world of rhyme and lyrical verse for children.
Changes: A Child’s First Poetry Collection by Charlotte Zolotow, illustrated by Tiphanie Beeke, is a great collection to start young readers with the wondrous world of poetry. The illustrations are well matched with Zolotow’s lines. My daughter and I have read this collection several times, and she often asks what season we are in when we read the poems.
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