Poetry for Kids: Robert Frost

Edited by Jay Parini, illus. by Michael Paraskevas. MoonDance, $14.95 (48p) ISBN 978-1-63322-220-5
This lushly illustrated addition to the Poetry for Kids series highlights Robert Frost, beginning with a thoughtful introduction to his life and work. The 35 poems include “The Road Not Taken,” “Mending Wall,” and “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening,” among other sharply observant, often lonely works. Paraskevas’s atmospheric paintings evoke themes of seasons, nature, selfhood, and change. With deceptively simple imagery, Frost’s work is accessible to younger readers, and potentially unfamiliar words are concisely defined throughout. A closing guide briefly explores the question of “What Robert Was Thinking” in each poem, inviting readers to explore their complexity: of “After Apple-Picking,” Parini writes, “This is a poem about the end of a day, weariness itself, and even the end of a life.” Ages 8–13. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 10/16/2017
Release date: 10/01/2017
Genre: Children's
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