Lila Duray: A Collection of Delightfully Delectable Poems

Susan Schadt Pr. Mar. 2023. 112p. Tr $24.95. ISBN 9798985071351. .
Gr 1-4–From a banana split that cannot be put back together to sharing a bike with your sister, this collection of poetry has the heart of classic Mother Goose nursery rhymes, but for a new day and age of silliness and fun. Most of the poems are in ABAB or AABB form and have an accompanying illustration that is bright and colorful (a few are absent of color). Children are usually the main focus of each poem, and the illustrations feature an array of children of different ethnicities and abilities. The artwork has a childlike quality to it, as if a child created the art as well as the poetry. This book works to read to young children who will delight in each story, as well as for upper elementary students who are ready to memorize and recite their favorites in celebration of this form of the written word.
VERDICT A fun illustrated book for elementary libraries to expand their poetry collections. Perfect where National Poetry Month is regularly celebrated, or for use in units of study on poetry.

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