Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

Pumpkin Butterfly: Poems from the Other Side of Nature

Pumpkin Butterfly: Poems from the Other Side of Nature

Heidi Mordhorst
Illustrator:  Jenny Reynish 
Poetry Picture Book
For ages 6 and up
Wordsong, 2009   ISBN: 978-1590786208

Many of us spend our lives running from one thing to another. We don’t take the time to stop, to look, and to listen. This meaningful collection of poems reminds readers (of all ages) that our world is full of simple and wonderful things to enjoy.

Sunflowers “trumpeting all that color and sun” offer up their golden faces to the sun. An egg, with its “pin-thin and brittle” shell can break open to reveal a fluffy little chick “that is nothing like” an egg. In winter, after the holiday glitter has been put away, dying Christmas trees stand out in the cold looking sad. Then snow begins to fall and the trees turn into a beautiful “frosted” forest.

With wonderful language and using many poetic forms, the author of this poetry collection gives her readers a colorful collection of poems to read, to share, and to savor.