Friday, May 6, 2011

Poetry Friday

Poetry Friday Roundup is hosted today by Scrub-a-Dub-Tub.

My selection is "The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper's Feast" illustrated by Alan Aldridge with verses by William Plomer and notes by Richard Fitter.

The fact that the illustrator, Alan Aldridge, is credited first will give the reader a sense of the visual impact of this book which is oftened described as "magical." The multitude of woodland creatures in attendance are beautifully rendered and their whimsical costumes are worked in exquisite detail to match the sumptuous setting.

Plomer's verses are equally rich and imaginative. British novelist and poet William Plomer is the recipient of numerous awards including the Queens Gold Medal for Poetry and (with Aldridge) the Whitbread Award in Children's Literature for "The Butterfly Ball and Grasshopper's Feast." Richard Fitter, a well-known British naturalist provides factual notes about the creatures found within the scenes. The book concludes with remarks about Aldridge's career.

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