Charlotte's River Winding winds
through a reader's mind and heart
are only thirty-two short poems in River Winding, a book of verse for
very young children. Originally published in 1970 with the illustrations of
Regina Sherkerjian (cover left), at
Abelard-Schuman, a second edition appeared in 1978. This time the pictures were
by Kazue Mizumura (cover right) and the
publisher was Crowell. They poems have mostly small topics: a flowering azalea
bush, a little sister attending her big sister's wedding, the rituals of
bedtime, a cat prowling in the garden "looking for her prey./ But with a
lovely flacking sound/ all the birds/fly away."
But not only do these seemingly these works take the child's point of view,
close up, of mostly small subjects, the reverberations are large. (Left,
the cat in the garden in the poem quoted from above, as Regina Sherkerijan
pictured it). These poems have power. They stay with a reader, as
witness the e-mail Charlotte's daughter, Crescent
Hi! I am a librarian
with the Cuyahoga County Public Library system. I have been trying to
locate a poem by Charlotte Zolotow for a patron. She believes that it is
line is ..."It is only I who have changed". Can you help me with this?
I have checked the books which we carry at my branch, but have had no luck.
Any assistance with this question would be greatly appreciated. (To
right: Kazue Mizumura's conception of the flowers described by Charlotte in the
River Winding poem "Autumm")
Here is the poem Cathy B's library client requested.
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