Artist Judy Mastrangelo’s magical and colorful paintings beautifully bring to life this collection of famous and beloved poetry, written by great poets of the past. Here are a few of her favorite poems she has chosen to illustrate for this enchanting anthology:
From Robert Louis Stevenson’s volume “A Child’s Garden of Verses”, you can have fun flying up in the air with “The Swing”, and looking for tiny Garden Fairies in his poem “The Flowers”. Eugene Field, known as “The Poet of Childhood”, recounts a comical “Duel” of the whimsical Gingham Dog and Calico Cat. And his lovely “Rock-a-By Lady from Hushaby street” takes us to visit her wondrous Land of Dreams. Joyce Kilmer expresses the beauty of “Trees” who wear “a nest of robins in their hair” in his celebrated poem. You will recognize the popular lines “All things bright and beautiful, All creatures great and small”, in the poem by Cecil Frances Alexander. The funny “Three Little Kittens” will give you a chuckle as they search for their mittens, and you will marvel at the beauty of the “road from earth to sky” in “The Rainbow”, by Christina Rossetti. The poem “Toyland”, written by Glen MacDonough, contains the familiar verse “Toyland, toyland, Little girl and boy land”. This was set to music for the charming operetta “Babes in Toyland” by Victor Herbert.
Judy has also included some of her own original poems that she wrote and illustrated, such as the “Graceful Swan Boat”, in which you can sail away “to lands where dreams are born”. From her series “Garden Gates”, you will enjoy playing with children in the Buttercups, having a Foxglove Tea Party, marching in a Tulip Parade, and making a wish on a Water Lily Pond.
Both Children and Adults of all ages will delight in reading this engaging medley of poetry, as well as looking at Judy’s captivating, detailed, and stunning artwork, which enhances and illustrates it so perfectly. In her “Poems To Dream On”, she has created an endearing and tender book, which will be cherished by readers for many years to come.
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HERE IS A WONDERFUL REVIEW ABOUT JUDY’S NEW POETRY BOOK
Written by Bonnie Cehovet: www.bonniecehovet-author.com
Review: Poems To Dream On
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Poems, Beautiful Art.
After reading Judy’s ‘POEMS TO DREAM ON’, I have to say that each one is as powerful as the next. And the artwork that’s attributed to the poems is beyond spectacular. There is just something so magical about this poem book, that when you are reading the poems and looking at the art, you feel as if you are within the art. It’s rather difficult to explain, but you would have to read it for yourself. This is a perfect book that English teachers can use and introduce their students to poems/creative writing.
Christine Von Lossberg (Artist and Author)
5.0 out of 5 stars
What a treat to see Judy’s incredible and wonderful illustrations done to the poetry we all love. I love hers too! Keeping poetry alive is so important for children I think, especially all the ones we were raised with. Judy’s art touches my heart so much, brings out my inner child and makes me feel so good. I can look at her art forever! Hope you get one for you like I did and for a child you want to turn on to poetry! Love it!
Crystal Miles Gauthier (Author)
5.0 out of 5 stars
The poetry is wonderfully placed in this lovely book of illustrations. Bravo!
Judy was invited to be the guest Author of the month by the very talented Author and Poet Robbie Cheadle. Here is her review and interview of Judy’s book “POEMS TO DREAM ON” on her blog “Treasuring Poetry”: https://writingtoberead.com/2022/10/19/treasuring-poetry-meet-childrens-author-illustrator-and-poet-judy-mastrangelo-review-poetry-childrensfiction/ The wonderful author Kaye Lynne Booth hosted this interview on her “Writing to be Read”.