Wis Santiago Santiago from Elingamite North VIC , Australia
A Hardwood Can Be... is one of my woman's current treasured books. It is a short poetry spread over sixteen beautifully illustrated errand runners. It is Anna Vojtech's soft images that she responds to most. Her treasured say of the book is spread across errand runners 10 and 11: "a set to climb, and a set to stay kiln." Climb is illustrated with a pair of curious raccoons who are climbing the oak hardwood. "Kiln" is illustrated with a pair of sparrows who are huddling under the leaves during a rainstorm. For book-learning aloud, the book has a soothing and easy measure except for the last hunt for where the poetry ends awkwardly. It ends with "and it changes year-round" (hunt for 15) but it would flow better with "and it changes all year-round." The final hunt for has a lovely blueprint of the various parts of the oak hardwood, each which has been highlighted in the course of the book. The pieces labeled are: leaf, stem, blossom, branch, grain, trunk, growl and root.