IN JUST-SPRING by E.E. Cummings


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In addition to the title poem, Goennel has illustrated the oft-anthologized ""hist whist/little ghostthings/tip-toe/twinkle-toe. . ."" and, returning to the springtime mood of the first piece, ""Tumbling-hair/picker of buttercups/violets. . ."" in the boldly designed style and rich, sophisticated pallet she used so effectively in When I Grow Up. . . and Seasons. But while visually stimulating and decorative, her large areas of solid color are at odds with Cummings' evocative, evanescent verse: the ""little lame balloon-man"" stands solidly on both feet, the ""scuttling"" mice don't ""hidehidehide"" but freeze on a blank green page. Unlike Ray's delicate, glowing illustrations for Cummings' Little Tree (1987), these confine the imagination instead of giving it wing.

Pub Date: May 2nd, 1988
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Little, Brown