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Reviewed by Charlene D Jones for Readers' Favorite
When we go for a stroll, we amble slowly enough to collect all the bits of trees, leaves, air breezes and more. We take our time. This delightful collection of poetry by Stuart T Stolp, titled Stroll, encourages us to do the same: stroll through the pages, each one dotted with sweet illustrations. Each poem focuses on a different theme from ecology to recycling, from whimsy to the digestive tract, and if at least two poems detail our bodies, it is done with taste and an impish humor that delights. The aim of the book is poetry for children, but older children would best appreciate the themes and some handling of them.
Most of Stuart T Stolp’s poems in Stroll arrive as limericks but occasionally shorter lined verses appear. If the rhythm falls away from a strict beat and the odd word lands outside the expected downstroke, that is to be forgiven. Writing within a poetic structure is high demand, as anyone who has tried will attest. The grammar within each poem fits the theme and size of the lines, so the reader gains immediate and pleasing access to the author’s wit. If the author has stretched once or twice to make words rhyme as in “peristalsis” with his made-up word “wallses,” we have Dr. Seuss’s precedent to rely upon. Overall, this short book is sweet, light and graceful and almost all the poems are suitable for an older child, or an adult who still carries the child in their heart.