A Humble Life: Plain Poems

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In this new collection of poems, young readers experience a year in the lives of Plain People -- people in the Amish and Mennonite communities of Pennsylvania Dutch Country. Each season brings its own joys and challenges, yet it is the Plain People's trust in God and vision for how they should live that make their lives rich and satisfying.Beautifully illustrated, A Humble Lift captures with warmth and appreciation the way of life and community strength of these unique groups of people.

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Gr 1-5-A look at the lives of Amish and Mennonite people in Pennsylvania Dutch country. "A humble life/is mine,/and it's a fine existence,/rich with simple gifts/and plain innocence-." This opening line from the book's first poem encapsulates the theme perfectly. Melodic prose exemplifies the simple life, yet deep faith, of the hardworking people. Because of their captivating consonance, lines like "swallowing,/wallowing in love" and "clattering black buggies/filled with-chattering, slicked children" just beg to be read aloud. These poems, teamed with Farnsworth's sun-washed oil illustrations, can be introduced in a storytime; the entire book provides a wonderfully crafted peek into a lifestyle that may be unfamiliar to many children. The selections follow a year as seasons change and tasks range from barn raising, fishing and planting, birthing a calf, and attending church services. A Humble Life is "pure as clean rain trickling/upon our freshly-painted picket/fence." The words may be easy to read, the images common, but the seamless meshing of words and illustrations creates anything but "plain poems." Can't visit an Amish village? This book is a highly recommended substitute.

Sharon Korbeck, Waupaca Area Public Library, WI

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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Gr. 2-4, younger for reading aloud. This collection of poetry cycles through a year in the lives of the Mennonite and Amish people who live near High in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. High mixes the earthy details of birthing animals and planting with homey pleasures of quilting and baking, all suffused with a feeling of thankfulness for the beauties of the world and for the gifts of God. Each two- to three-verse poem is accompanied by a lovely oil painting, reminiscent of Norman Rockwell in its demonstration of the artist's delight in people, but with softer edges, richer colors, and lots of play with light. Together, the poems and the paintings offer a quiet, pleasurable reading experience that conveys some of the values of the people who live in Pennsylvania Dutch country. Susan Dove Lempke
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