Tag Archives: poetry

Mabel Murple by Sheree Fitch and Sydney Smith

Fitch, S., & Smith, S. (illustrator). (2010). Mabel Murple. Halifax, NS: Nimbus Publishing.


On a rainy day, a young girl imagines what it would be like to live in a world that was entirely purple. What follows is the adventures of Mabel Murple in her purple life.

This new edition of the classic poem combines Fitch’s silly rhymes with Smith’s fun images in a story that exudes purple-ness. This fun and carefree poem is a great introduction to poetry for young readers. It would also make for a great story time tale that would likely have children laughing in their seats.

Having never read Sheree Fitch before, I now understand the appeal! Mabel Murple gets a purple 4.5 out of 5!

The City Speaks in Drums by Shauntay Grant and Susan Tooke

Grant, S., & Tooke, S. (illustrator). (2010). The City Speaks in Drums. Halifax, NS: Nimbus Publishing.


In this spoken word picture book, a pair of friends explore the lively city of Halifax and all that it has to offer.

Grant’s verse has a rhythm that moves the story along as Tooke’s illustrations brings us to familiar parts of the city, from the waterfront to the old public library to the Public Gardens.

My only drawback in reading this book is that I didn’t get the accompanying CD, which would have enhanced Grant’s beautiful verse. Overall, however, this story welcomes people to the city of Halifax in a fun and entertaining way.

Readers from near and far, old and young will enjoy this story.

I give this book a 4.5 out of 5.

Ladybug: The Magazine for Young Children

Ladybug. (November/December 2015).


This magazine is created for young children. It is full of short stories, poems, and songs, all of which are beautifully illustrated.

The stories are diverse and engaging, with something to appeal to many young readers. It is at a level that children could read the magazines on their own, or with the help of an adult.

As a kid, I remember being so excited when my Highlights magazine came in the mail. I think that Ladybug is a great option for younger readers, who will look forward to getting a new set of stories every month.

Because of the lovely illustrations and stories, I give this magazine a 4.5 out of 5.