Published in Reading Time February 2012
Poems From Around the World Frances Lincoln, 2011 53 pp $29.95 ISBN 9781847800879
This is a colourful collection of poems celebrating 24 festivals from around the world. Each poem captures one aspect of a celebration, focusing on the customs, rather than the meaning or history of the celebration. The styles of poetry are as diverse as the festivals, and many are a pleasure to read. My only disappointment is that some of the poems are bland and weak in rhythm and rhyme.
Any weakness in the language is compensated for in the vibrant illustrations, which convey the atmosphere of each festival; from the wild splashes of red watercolour for La Tomatina to the serenity of The Cherry Blossom Festival. Collage adds to the uniqueness of each illustration, using photos of lentils and spices for Diwali, a homemade card for mothers’ day and a linen background for Eid-ul-Fitr.
This book is a wonderful addition to the K-2 classroom and includes an explanation of each festival at the end of the
book. If you value diversity, then come on, let’s celebrate!