It is wonderful to see the works of English Poet and writer Walter de la Mare (25 April 1873 – 22 June 1956) being bought back into the modern arena with the republishing of several of his poems for children, the latest being Summer Evening.
The prose is simple making it suitable for very small children and beginner readers, with the wonderful colourful illustrations from Carolina Rabei, adding the many and varied visual overtones of a summers evening as the day is waning, the animals are coming in for the evening and the day is settling to rest.
There are many pages with no words, just a beautiful arrangement of pictures which will make wonderful discussion points with children as they too, settle down for the evening over a good story or two.
The words are immortal, succinctly describing the fall of the night, the gentle softness that befalls the earth as the sun slowly sinks below the horizon.
The simple lines ‘The sandy cat by the Farmer’s chair, mews at his knee for dainty fare’, immediately invokes the moment of leisure experienced with the family at the end of a hard day’s work. The following pictures show the cat, having failed to get ‘dainty fare’, set off to chase a wayward mouse, creating havoc along the way.
The final pages show the farm animals asleep in the hay, the chicken coop, the paddock and the sty, as ‘Gone is another summer’s day”.
There is no better way to introduce the delightful art of poetry to small children than through the medium of a poet such as Walter de la Mare, who wrote many beautiful children’s poems, along with the talented and colourful artworks of Caroline Rabei.
|Author||Walter de la Mare|
|Distributor||Allen & Unwin|