The Road Not Taken
The Road Not Taken
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Annotation: For all of life's adventures comes this beautifully illustrated companion inspired by Robert Frost's perennial poem "The Road Not Taken."
Genre: Poetry
Catalog Number: #181959
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: Familius
Copyright Date: 2019
Edition Date: 2019
Illustrator: Mineker, Vivian,
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-641-70107-2
ISBN 13: 978-1-641-70107-5
Dewey: 811
LCCN: 2018956352
Dimensions: 29 cm.
Language: English
Kirkus Reviews
Robert Frost's familiar 1915 poem presents enigmatic choices for an elementary-age boy.A red-haired elementary-age boy trekking through golden woods with a beagle comes to a place where "two roads diverged." Wishing he could "travel both," the boy studies one road and then chooses the less-worn path, opting to keep the other road for "another day," knowing he's unlikely to "ever come back" and taking the road "less traveled by" could "make all the difference." Richly hued illustrations in a palette of yellows and blues rely on simple rounded shapes, flat patterns, varying perspectives, and single- and double-page spreads to provide a possible context for Frost's spare verse. Dwarfed by stylized trees resembling giant yellow toadstools, the boy begins his journey wearing a striped hoodie, blue backpack, jeans, and red boots. An impressive treetop view shows boy and beagle confronting the diverging path, emphasizing the magnitude of choice. The boy picks up fallen leaves, ponders two unknown roads, selects a leaf for his backpack, and proceeds along his chosen path. As he journeys, scenes from his ensuing life unfold, carrying him from childhood to becoming a young man with a family and eventually an elderly man, still musing about the choice he made in the woods that indeed changed everything. Inexplicably, his hair darkens from red to brown with a single page turn, which is likely to befuddle more than one reader.A favorite Frost poem reveals how serendipitous choice affects a lifetime. (Picture book. 4-8)
Publishers Weekly
Golden, autumnal shades by Mineker mark Frost-s archetypal -wood,- as a red-haired child with a canine companion walks toward two roads that diverge. Seen from high above, the child resembles an abstract shape faced with the choice between two distinct paths. The boy-s choice leads to pivotal life moments: in one series of images, he grows older as he plays with tinker toys, then holds a book of architecture, then graduates from school. On another spread, chasing his still-spry dog leads him to meet his life partner, which lead to children, grandchildren, and old age. Mineker captures the poignancy and weight of Frost-s most well-known poem while delivering an accessible story of choices and personal journeys to young readers. Ages 5-8. (Mar.)
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Reading Level: 3.0
Interest Level: K-3

For all of life's adventures comes The Road Not Taken, which The New York Times Book Review calls "a book that begs rereading'". This beautifully illustrated companion is inspired by Robert Frost's perennial poem. Heartwarming illustrations of a young boy journeying through a yellow wood accompany the original text of the poem. When a fork in the road arises for the boy, so too does the first of life's many choices. And as the poem progresses, so does the boy's life: college, career, marriage, family, loss, and, by journey's end, the sweet satisfaction of a life fully lived. The first children's book ever made of Frost's famous poem, this moving presentation makes an inspiring gift for graduation, marriage, career moves, and all of life's exciting roads.

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