Changes: A Child's First Poetry Collection

by Charlotte Zolotow and Tiphanie Beeke

Twenty-eight poems for young children are organized around the seasons and speak,... read more

Twenty-eight poems for young children are organized around the seasons and speak, notes Charlotte’s daughter Crescent Dragonwagon in the introduction, to both change (“every moment, each flower, the breeze, and the sky, is ever-altering and unique”) and “the comforting cycle of repetition” that nature offers. As the opening poem, “Change,” observes, each season returns as it always has. “It is only I / who have changed.” Poems that are playful and observant, grounded in both the physical world and the emotional world of the young children, are set against Tiphanie Beeke’s illustrations that include both inviting full-page scenes and charming spot illustrations. (Ages 1–5)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2016

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