Ann at Highwood Hall
This book is a collection of seven poems for children. The first is about a girl who left her home and became like a princess because she came to a palace. The second is about a little boy and girl who are giving each other Valentine gifts. There are a few more, like “George II and the Chinese Emperor” and “Caroline and Charles.” My favorite poem was “I Have a Little Cough, Sir.” This one was about a girl in bed with a cough, and it was kind of funny. The girl thought she was going to die, but the doctor wasn’t all that worried about it.
The poems were okay; I didn’t think they were all that great, but they weren’t that bad, either. The poem about George II was super long, and the last poem was an argument between a brother and sister, which wasn’t very nice. The best part of the book was the illustrations, which were just black-and-white line drawings, but they were kind of interesting, although they weren’t that great, either. This is just a little paperback book; it is not very big, which is probably just as well.
Robert Graves • Edward Ardizzone, Illustrator