A Kennedy family tradition

" ... The soul partakes the season's youth,
And the sulphurous rifts of passion and woe
Lie deep 'neath a silence pure and smooth,
Like burnt-out craters healed with snow."

James Russell Lowell
"A Family of Poems, My Favorite Poetry for Children," edited by Caroline Kennedy

What a delight to read through Caroline Kennedy's collection of poetry, one of my thrifting finds this week. I only paid 2o cents for it, but I would gladly have paid more for it.

In her foreword, Caroline Kennedy writes about a family tradition her mother, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, encouraged of having her children choose poems as a birthday or holiday gift to give to her or grandparents. She would then paste their gifts in a special scrapbook. Some of those poems are included in this book, as well as others from around the world.

As if this literary treasure box wasn't enough, each poem is beautifully illustrated with artwork by Jon J Muth who was just named children's illustrator of the year by the Children's Choice Book Awards. His watercolors are captivating snapshots of some of the best parts of childhood.

1 comment:

jacqueline said...

Such a great find! I love the peom and the illustration! Thanks for sharing this with us. I hope you had a good weekend and love to yoU!

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