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A Pond Full of Ink by Annie M. G. Schmidt

A Pond Full of Ink (edition 2014)

by Annie M. G. Schmidt, Sieb Posthuma (Illustrator)

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This delightfully humorous collection of poems offers children and the young at heart a refreshing, inventive look at the world from the well-known Dutch author, Annie Schmidt. Ordinary events and places become extraordinary adventures full of imagination.
Title:A Pond Full of Ink
Authors:Annie M. G. Schmidt
Other authors:Sieb Posthuma (Illustrator)
Info:Eerdmans Books for Young Readers (2014), Hardcover, 34 pages
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A delightful collection of a dozen fun, whimsical poems wonderfully complemented with colorful, surreal illustrations. Originally published in The Netherlands. ( )
  Sullywriter | May 22, 2015 |
The illustrations in this book make it worth picking up. The pictures are brightly colored and fanciful. However, the poetry does not flow well probably because of being translated into English. The author is a celebrated Dutch writer, but the poems were a miss for me- except for "Belinda Hated Getting Clean." ( )
  SuPendleton | Jun 14, 2014 |
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This is a beautiful collection of children's poetry. I sat and read it aloud with a group of students, and they were delighted. I can't think of a higher recommendation than that! The art work is beautiful and truly compliments the unique verse. I am thrilled that I own this! ( )
  tracyjack7 | Feb 20, 2014 |
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More Shel Siverstein than Dr. Seuss, this collection of short stories-in-verse tells of truculent children, eccentric adults, and exotic animals. The silly situations are delightfully illustrated, with each poem on a colorful two-page spread. This should be enjoyable for all ages.
  EverettWiggins | Feb 10, 2014 |
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This collection of newly translated poems by Annie Schmidt is a pure delight. Annie Schmidt is well known in her native Neatherlands, often compared to our own Shel Silverstein. While some of her other works, such as her Jip and Janneke stories and even some of her poetry has been translated into English in the past, few are readily available. A Pond Full of Ink includes a broad collection of her poetry and this translation makes it accessible to a new audience. David Colmer has lived in the Netherlands for 20 years, and I believe it is this experience that helps him to capture the spirit of the work as he translated it into English. All translations are tricky, but poetry has to be especially hard. Mr. Colmer deftly handles the translation, retaining the message of the poems and creating poetic interest in English. In an interview Mr. Colmer stated that he sometimes spent months on a single poem searching for the right words and the best rhythm, and I believe his work and dedication has paid off!
Ms. Schmidt won the Hans Christian Anderson Award in 1988, and at the time the jury praised her for her "ironic tone, witty criticism and a style that is amusing, clear, rebellious and simple to its essence." A Pond Full of Ink is a collection of poems that illustrate these qualities, and they are fun to read. The illustrations by Sieb Posthuma add interest and whimsy to the collection, bringing Ms. Schmidt's world to life. A Pond Full of Ink is a great addition to any children's poetry collection, and will surely be loved by fans of Shel Silverstein, Todd Dillard, Barbara Vance and the like. ( )
  kmctigue2002 | Jan 24, 2014 |
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