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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Growing Up, Poetry is a collection of poetry for children written by Jennelle L. White. Childhood is a place where everyday things seem wonderful, fresh and new. Whether it’s a lost kitten appearing under a tree or a family of birds singing overhead, everything seems miraculous when one is young. White’s primer of poems for children explores nature, trees, wildlife and the environment, and her concluding poem about The Universe ties up her message about saving the planet and keeping it safe for all who shelter on it. The author explores the seasons from a child’s perspective, starting with the magic of spring, the first buds and blossoms and baby rabbits. She then takes the reader on a voyage through summer, autumn and into the snowy magic of winter, full circle back to spring.
Jennelle L. White’s collection of poetry for children, Growing Up, Poetry, shares a child’s perspective of the natural world for both her young readers and those adults who will be reading this book during story hour. I enjoyed seeing the world through her poetry and especially appreciated the illustrations that accompany each poem. While they are not the professional and polished illustrations one frequently finds in children’s books, they are brilliantly colored, and their imaginative and fresh appearance works in two important ways: they enforce the theme that we are seeing through a child’s eyes, and they encourage the young reader to try their own hand at drawing and coloring images. I especially liked the poem entitled Tree, wherein a child’s imagination soars unfettered up into the sky. These poems are a grand selection for story hour and are also suitable for new readers. Growing Up, Poetry is recommended.