The Swing

The Swing

Book - 2012
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Delightful images by Julie Morstad bring to life Robert Louis Stevenson's classic poem The Swing.
Publisher: Vancouver : Simply Read Books, 2012.
ISBN: 9781897476482
1897476485
Branch Call Number: EI INFANT Stevenso 02/2012
Characteristics: [18] p. :,col. ill. ;,17 cm.
Additional Contributors: Morstad, Julie

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Aug 13, 2012

I am pleased to report that while I dislike it when folks use their own children as control groups, determining whether or not a book works, in this particular case I feel no guilt in reporting that my one-year-old is a fan. I’m not sure if it’s the engrossing images, the way the sentences are split up on the pages, or the way the poem sounds on my tongue, but whatever the case Morstad’s The Swing is definitely doing something right. Evocative and mesmerizing all at once, this is one book that is sure to engage kids right from the get-go. With its new packaging, Stevenson’s classic feels as fresh and new as anything you’ll find on your bookstore and library shelves today. Beautiful. There’s no other word for it.

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Aug 13, 2012

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 1 and 5

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Aug 13, 2012

“How do you like to go up in a swing / Up in the air so blue?” I should think you’d like it very much if you were one of the children in Julie Morstad’s clever little book. Adapting Robert Louis Stevenson’s words, Ms. Morstad fills her pages with kids on their way up, their way down, and everywhere in-between. They glide under cherry blossoms, observe the even rows of plants and vegetables, and swing like superheroes on their bellies. The result is a haunting but thoroughly enjoyable update to a poem that feels as fresh and fun as it was the day it was first published in the late 1800s.

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