A Prayer In Spring

Robert Frost, illus. by Grandma Moses, Rizzoli/Universe, $16.95 (32p) ISBN 978-0-7893-2226-5
In a lovely pairing, folk artist Moses's images of rural Americana appear in between and opposite verses from Frost's titular poem. Moses's tableaus offer changing greens and shifting skies; landscapes dotted with country cabins; covered wagons; and children flying kites outside a rustic schoolhouse, while Frost describes nature's ephemera with impassioned restraint: "Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard white,/ Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night." Though the poem is as melancholy as it is hopeful, readers should find solace in the pastoral calm of the subdued paintings and in Frost's plea to treasure the beauty in a wealth of fleeting moments. All ages. (Feb.)
Reviewed on: 01/17/2011
Release date: 02/01/2011
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