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I'm Ivan McGivan,
And I love summer -
With baseball,
No school,
Staying up late,
Vacations and all.
– Ivan's Great Fall


Paperback $8.95



Hardcover $15.95



Vanita Oelschlager
Kristin Blackwood

Ages 4-8
44 Pages



Ivan McGivan loves the summer and wishes he could play baseball and stay up late all year long. In this celebration of summer, Ivan makes the most of every day by getting up early as the birds are singing, playing outside in the summer heat and dancing through a summer rain. His joyous days are depicted through illustrations that lend anticipation to the eventual turn of the summer season to autumn. As the last rose of summer has bloomed, September and October march forward and Ivan awaits fall apples, watching the birds going south and the arrival of the school bus to take him back to school.

Vanita Oelschlager and Kristin Blackwood have created a second memorable visual exploration of great poets and writers for children. The first book in this set, Ivy in Bloom (VanitaBooks, 2008) shared the story of Ivy Van Allsberg as she impatiently waited through the chilling dark days of winter in anticipation of a glorious spring. In Ivan's Great Fall, Oelschlager continues her inventive writing technique, with the initial narrative passage serving as an introduction and the remainder of the story told through selected lines of poets and writers such as William Blake, John Greenleaf Whittier, Ernest Lawrence Thayer, Emily Dickinson and John Keats. A passage of Oelschlager's concludes the story and the complete poems and passages from great poets and writers are included at the end.

Ivan's Great Fall is a welcome introduction to great poets and writers for children, parents, teachers and librarians. This gem is heartily recommended for all children's collections in school and public libraries and for all little boys who love vacations, nights under the stars, climbing trees and reuniting with school friends.

Carolyn S. Brodie, PhD
Kent State University
School of Library and Information Science

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