I love discovering new books by favorite illustrators, and Barbara Cooney is high on my list of favorites. I remember the first time I opened this book, I was a little off put by the illustrations of the first page, a full page of a little girl. Sans clothes, hair wild down her back. It bothered me a bit. But I kept turning pages, and began reading and was sucked in by the language of this most beautiful of poems about what it means to be a child. And growing up. And each illustration is better than the one before, until you near the end and there is this masterpiece in green, so cool and inviting, I ache to be a child again, near that pond I used to fish in, sitting on a rotted out row boat with mosquitoes biting my skinny legs. This book is that good.
This is a very nice hardcover edition. There is a spot near the top of the front cover where the picture matter has scratched away from the boards, and there is a small stamp and name written on the first blank page. Otherwise, a beatiful copy of an enchanting book.
by Delmore Schwartz
pictures by Barbara Cooney
Harper & Row, Publishers
"I Am Cherry Alive," the Little Girl Sang," copyright 1958 by Delmore Schwartz, from the book Summer Knowledge: New and Selected Poems
Illustration copyright 1979 by Barbara Cooney
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