Tuesday, March 23, 2010

26th March Robert Frost (1874 - 1963) Natalie M. Rosinsky

It is American poet, Robert Frost's birthday. The poem that springs readily to mind when his name is mentioned is Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening. In Australia this poem depicts an experience that is very foreign unless you live in the Snowy Mountains. Many children would not experience snow or the rural life it encapsulates, but when it is combined with Susan Jeffers' illustrations as it is in this beautiful picture book the experience is much more easily imagined. The purity of the black and white illustrations, with minor green and red touches creates a perfect atmosphere for the gentle, reflective words of the poem, where the traveller stops to admire the beauty of the woods but then is pulled back to his obligations.

Natalie M. Rosinsky is not as well-known as Robert Frost and I do not know her birth year, but she is a writer of non-fiction books. Rosinsky's books Rocks: Hard, Soft, Smooth and Rough; Dirt: The Scoop on Soil and Water: Up , Down and all Around which are part of the Amazing Science series are worth a look if you are looking for simple information books for under eights.

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