Springborn, a book about a tiny calico kitten, introduces a poetic form from the Old English, the ''kenning.'' The kenning is a phrase consisting of two words, adjective-noun, to describe an object, in this case the cyclical nature of a kitten's life as she progresses from kittenhood to cathood.
This beloved book will be cherished by readers everywhere as it shows them a day in the life of a calico kitten.
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Ruth D. Dewey wrote and illustrated Springborn as a graphic arts class project. Her subject was a mother and father cat raising kittens. The story sprung from Ruth's realization that animals form family bonds in much the same manner as humans.
A native of Northeastern Ohio, Ms. Dewey is a substitute teacher in the Lincoln County Schools in her home of Petersburg, Tennessee. Married to James Robert Dewey Jr., she has three sons: Timothy Nathan Hobbs, James Robert Dewey III, and David Richard Dewey. Ruth received her bachelor of arts in English from Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, California, and studied in the graduate program in the West Redding, Connecticut's Institute of Children's Literature. A current member of both the Church of Christ and the Lincoln County Piecemakers Quilt Guild, she counts among her special interests quilting, gardening, and raising animals.
''Springborn'' by Ruth D. Dewey is a poem about a calico kitten. It uses a lot of different adjectives to tell about the kitten. Before the poem, it says that the book uses kennings. It says in the book that a ''kenning is a phrase consisting of two words, adjective-noun, to describe an object, which is, in this case, the cyclical nature of a kitten's life as she progresses from kittenhood to cathood.'' It tells about all of the things that the kitten does.
I liked that I learned what a kenning was. I had never heard of that before. I think it was used a lot a long time ago. I liked picking them out in the book. It is fun to learn new things about words.
It was kind of hard to see what was happening in the pictures in the book, because they were all in a black-gray color. I wish they were in color and more clear so that you could see them better. The book was also really little. I think it is the smallest book that I have. I wish it was a little bit bigger. I did like learning something new though, so it was good because of that. When I read it to my little brother who is five, I had to tell him what some of the things meant in the book. It took a while, but I was able to teach him what a kenning was too. I think ''Springborn'' by Ruth D. Dewey would be good for kids who are over five-years-old. --Reviewed by Cayden Aures for Reader Views
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