UP THE HILL AND DOWN by William Jay Smith

UP THE HILL AND DOWN

Poems for the Very Young
edited by , illustrated by
Age Range: 7 - 9

KIRKUS REVIEW

Nearly a quarter of the 29 short, conventional rhymes in this rather self-serving collection are Smith’s own, and all are reprints. The roster of other contributors includes F. Scott Fitzgerald and Carson McCullers, but after that the names are familiar mainstays of children’s poetry collections: David McCord, X.J. Kennedy, Dorothy Aldis, Aileen Fisher, and the like. Mixing paint with paper collage, Eitzen illustrates each poem with a scene featuring children or animals, generally looking reflectively off to the side or into the distance. Though most of the poems are thematically paired, Smith’s “The Mirror,” for instance, with Gwendolyn Brooks’s “Do you ever look in a looking glass / And see a stranger there?,” Smith seldom displays much ingenuity in making the matches, and in several cases abandons the effort altogether, as if it were too much work. An ordinary gathering, likely to be lost in the shuffle—and deservedly so. (Picture book/poetry. 7-9)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2003
ISBN: 1-56397-028-7
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Wordsong/Boyds Mills
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 2003




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