Sarah's Stars

Alfred, Lord Tennyson. The Lady of Shalott
KCP Poetry  $18.95  ISBN 1-55337-874-1  42 pg.

Reviewed by Meghan, Age 14

And by the moon the reaper weary,
Piling sheaves in uplands airy,
Listening, whispers "’Tis the fairy
   Lady of Shalott.”

There is a curse upon her, but she knows not what it is. But if she ever looks upon Camelot she'll find out soon enough. Spending her days in a tower, seeing the world only in a mirror, is the Lady of Shalott. Day by day, she watches others go about their work, careful never to glance at Camelot. She longs to join them, but she cannot ever look out of her window. Spinning, spinning all day long.

A beautiful poem encased in an even more beautiful book tells the story of the Lady of Shalott. Beautiful mixed media illustrations by Genevieve Cote add character to the story, matching the sad words perfectly. I have never seen paintings such as this; they are so simple, yet they say so much. The poem in itself is beautiful and is perhaps, a new twist in the Arthurian tale.

This is a beautiful book to add to any poetry collection. I would recommend it for children and adults ages 12 and up.

I'd give The Lady of Shalott from the new Visions in Poetry series five out of five stars.


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