“Springborn” by Ruth D. Dewey is a poem about a calico kitten. It uses a lot of different adjectives to tell about the kitten. Before the poem, it says that the book uses kennings. It says in the book that a “kenning is a phrase consisting of two words, adjective-noun, to describe an object, which is, in this case, the cyclical nature of a kitten’s life as she progresses from kittenhood to cathood.” It tells about all of the things that the kitten does.
I liked that I learned what a kenning was. I had never heard of that before. I think it was used a lot a long time ago. I liked picking them out in the book. It is fun to learn new things about words.
It was kind of hard to see what was happening in the pictures in the book, because they were all in a black-gray color. I wish they were in color and more clear so that you could see them better. The book was also really little. I think it is the smallest book that I have. I wish it was a little bit bigger. I did like learning something new though, so it was good because of that. When I read it to my little brother who is five, I had to tell him what some of the things meant in the book. It took a while, but I was able to teach him what a kenning was too. I think “Springborn” by Ruth D. Dewey would be good for kids who are over five-years-old.
Ruth D. Dewey
Dorrance Publishing (2009)
Reviewed by Cayden Aures (age 7.5) for Reader Views (4/12)