Earth Verse: Haiku from the Ground Up (Hardcover) by Sally M Walker

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List Price: £14.05

Hardcover: 48 Pages.

Published: 13 February 2018 by Candlewick Press (MA)

ISBN: 0763675121

EAN: 9780763675127

Review by Debra Found

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Limited Appeal

This is one of those books which is beautiful with excellent illustrations and meaningful poetry but is unlikely to be frequently read by a child who owns it.

The book is larger than A4 and has pastel earth tone illustrations throughout. I found the illustrations quite generic and would have liked more detailed illustrations (or even photos) of the wonderful earth features.

Each large page has a haiku on it. As I am sure you can imagine this means a lot of picture & not a lot of text. Although the haikus are all very well it will take around 10 minutes to complete this book if reading from cover to cover - and that is taking it slowly. I found some of the vocabularly quite stretching for a primary school child - which is good in one way but not ideal if they are reading alone.

I think this is a book best suited to use in schools. I can see that it would be useful in a poetry lesson or when working to extend a child's vocabularly. 

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.

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