of a poetry book from childhood?
I am lucky enough to say YES.
The Golden Treasury of Poetry
by Louis Untermeyer
illustrated by Joan Walsh Anglund
formed a substantial, sumptuous part of my young self.
I confess I remember pictures and rhythms more than words. Images found their way into the innermost part of my make-up. I can’t recall specific details, but I know in my core the colour essence, the flavour, the sensory delight that fed me from age dot.
I wish to introduce to you…
A Boat of Stars.
I got to experience the Sydney launch of this delicious anthology of poems. True to form, my visual artist self has mostly imbibed the illustrations, but hey – the poems are pretty damn fine too.
Margaret Connolly and Natalie Jane Prior are the esteemed editors.
A heap of writers and illustrators contributed.
They range from extremely experienced children’s book creators
to young novices.
In the words of the editors:
Why isn’t more poetry published for children?
A couple of years ago, we realised that it was a long time since there had been an anthology of new Australian children’s poems.
Yet, children love poetry. They adore rhyme, rhythm, and words that can be memorised and chanted ….
Since the book we wanted did not exist,
we decided to invite our friends and colleagues to help us make one.
and buy this luscious book.
Sophie Masson is one of the highly experienced contributing poets. Here’s a link to her illuminating interview with the editors from her
Feathers of the Firebird blog.
Let me know
any stories you have about children’s poems or illustrations.
What stays with YOU from childhood books?
with love, art and soul