Saturday, February 16, 2008

Talking like the rain: a read-to me book of poems / Selected by X. J. Kennedy and Dorothy M. Kennedy. Illustrated by Jane Dyer

“Talking like the rain” is a book of some well known rhymes. All the poems in this book have a nice rhythm, interesting repetitive phrases, clever, creative imagery and there is never a dull moment. The poems are selected from authors such as; Emily Dickenson, Ogden Nash and Robert Louis Stevenson. The art work in this book is a beautiful set of water coloured images that relate directly to the poems on the page.

These poems remind me of verses a mother would chant or sing to a baby or young child. They don’t always seem to make a lot of sense, but they flow nicely and can evoke some silly and fun images. It is a beautiful book for adults, but I’m not a sure that children of reading age would appreciate it. On the other hand maybe their simplicity and imaginativeness will appeal to readers with creative minds.

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