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’ wonderful verse about the natural world is great for young readers. We recommend ‘Adder, Bluebell, Lobster‘ for bedtime reading or classrooms.  What a delight!


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