Adder, Bluebell, Lobster


Adder to allotment, newt, willow to wren, Chrissie Gittins takes us on a wonderful word walk through a poetry landscape. ‘Adder, Bluebell, Lobster‘ is an inspired collection. The variety of subjects is described in so many ways. From haiku to rhyming couplets, lyric poems to riddles, shape poems to question and response, somehow the type of poem fits the nature of the subject perfectly. The reader realises just how intimately Chrissie Gittins has considered each subject and how delicately she has chosen each word to create each poem. It is a magnificent and much recommended collection.

Adder, Bluebell, Lobster‘ would be a superb resource for schools. It is also a lovely source of poetry to share at bedtime, maybe at the turning of the seasons, or to support days of discovery. Readers from 7 or 8 or 9 to adult would enjoy, ‘Adder, Bluebell, Lobster‘.

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Adder, Bluebell, Lobster

Wild Poems by Chrissie Gittins, illustrated by Paul Bommer

(Otter-Barry Books)

What a beautiful poetry collection! Chrissie Gittins’ offers forty superb poems about the wonders of wild animals in Adder, Bluebell, Lobster. Thereafter, we journey from adder to allotment, newt, willow to wren. It seems as though we’re stepping across a poetry collection. What’s more, each of the animals is one for which we vote to save. It’s as though through her pinprick particular poetry microscope, each specimen is celebrated, discovered and thereafter absorbed by us. Then again, alongside the variety of animals, is a variety of poetry forms, from shape poems to question and answer, riddles to lyric poems, haiku and rhyming couplets. Chrissie Gittins suggests a strength of inner knowledge in her selection, a resolve borne of the need to rescue each selection from its disappearance from the Oxford Junior Dictionary. It seems, like The Lost Words, these poems are celebrations and calls for our attention. However, unlike that great title, this is a discreet and precious poetry collection that merits a place in our bedtime reading routines. Thereafter, Adder, Bluebell, Lobster is an ideal book to read alone or together, at home, or within classrooms or assemblies. 


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