Fun, whimsy, and immersive… A beautiful collection.
Award-winning poet Margaret Grote’s posthumous collection of poems is full of childhood fantasies and whimsy. The poems are simply written with profound meaning, giving voice to children’s ability to appreciate life’s simple pleasures, such as relishing the arrival of spring, visiting grandma’s farm, enjoying a rainy day among others. In rhyming verse that seldom runs more than a few stanzas, Grote introduces a gallery of life themes, including, childhood desires, cozy family and friendship bonds, pet love, nature, and nitty-gritty of usual childhood days. For example, “The Bath” displays the author’s clever wordplay as she compares the bath time to rain: “Do you think the clouds are crying/ When they pour down drops of rain/ Sheeting along the window ledge/ And on the window pane?”. By turns cheeky and clever, the poems are fun, accompanied by Wheelan Coles’s vibrant, finely drawn illustrations. Readers, both young and old, will happily glide their way through the charming assemblage of sweet tales and thoughtful observations, finding the temptation to reread it again and again.
I Like Mud: and other poems for the young and young-at-heart
Margaret Grote (Author), Marcia Wheelan Coles (Illustrator)
Beach Chair Books
Pub date March 24, 2023
Price $19.95 Paperback, $4.99 Kindle edition