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Seagull Seagull. Poems by James K. Baxter. Illus. by Kieran Rynhart.

March 5, 2020

seagullSeagull Seagull. Poems by James K. Baxter. Illus. by Kieran Rynhart. Pub. Gecko Press, 2020.

Twenty one superb poems for children of all ages reflecting the New Zealand way of life and the creatures that live here. They are known as The Tree house Poems and they are short and ideal to be read aloud.

Most poems are the ballad type with every second line rhyming. The Grasshopper starts things off with a plea from the poet to “tell me the wonderful things that you’ve seen” and ends with the owl saying “pack up your toys and get ready for bed”.

In between there is The Tree House, Twenty little Engines and my favourite If I were King of Sweden.  Seagull looks down at humans below and cries “if you’ll throw me a crust or two, I’ll come right down and eat with you”.Seagulls never change.

There are poems about shepherds and eel fishing but the one that has the gretest impact is The Gorse Fire. The power of this poem is enhanced by the illustrations of Kieran Rynhart – the bone dry landscape and the billowing smoke “up the brown hillside like a river on fire”

Beautifully illustrated and totally New Zealand. Read it, you will love it.

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