Book Reviews, Books

Ivy in Bloom by Vanita Oelschlager


Rating: 3/5


Ivy in Bloom captures the weariness of a young girl tired of a long winter. “I stare out the window,” she says on the first spread of brown and gray, “looking for birds or flowers / or even warm showers / but I don’t see any such thing.” But then Spring comes when “March is out of breath snow melting to flowery waters and watery flowers spring rose from its wintry rest.” And Ivy’s “heart dances with daffodils.” As these words also dance across each spread, Ivy’s world erupts into a riot of color.

Ivy in Bloom introduces the poetry of Dickinson, Longfellow, Browning, Wordsworth, Frost and others. Excerpts from their writings, as seen through Ivy’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.


This is such a delightful read. The illustrations are absolutely beautiful which, at times, makes it a tad hard to concentrate on the words and the meaning of each verse but that doesn’t take away from the overall pleasant experience. I would recommend this, not only to kids but also to English learners, and to anyone interested in cute poems with rather exquisite illustrations!

I would like to thank NetGalley, the publishers, the author, and the illustrator for providing me with a Copy of this book.

Goodreads link: Ivy in Bloom

Amazon link: Ivy in Bloom


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