Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Books o' the Month: The Scottish Prisoner, Opened Ground, The Kingdom of Carbonel
Seamus Heaney. I was inspired to check out Opened Ground. It is not easy to sit and read poetry with two kids running amok around you. You have to be in a certain place, a certain headspace, at least. But I have managed to appreciate the beauty of the words and images in the pages of this book. One afternoon I sat on a folding chair in the driveway as the kids rode their bikes on our quiet street, and read several poems in the shade of the oak tree, cooled by a breeze. It was quite heavenly. I find many of Heaney's poems exploring his place in the world in terms of family, country, environment, history. His work speaks to me (my favorites are Digging and Act of Union) and I can see why (and sometimes where) Lightbody has found inspiration.
series by Barabara Sleigh published from 1955-1978. I have been reading it to Valerie before bed. She is very into cats right now (including all the Erin Hunter books). I would highly recommend this as a read-aloud chapter book for kids aged five to ten. It has magic and cats and nothing horridly inappropriate that you will want to edit out. This is the second author I have had great luck with (see also Esther Averill) as part of The New York Review Children's Collection. I am eager to discover more!
I am on time for Turn the Page ... Tuesday today! Please take a minute or ten to check out other reviews here.
P.S. Do you read poetry? What are your favorite poems? I think I can see a poetry post in my future...