Poetry - General
48 Pages
Reviewed on 11/29/2022
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Reviewed by Diana Lopez for Readers' Favorite

Sunflowers is a collection of poems that reflect on being grateful for good times in the company of others. Through our words, we can show affection and positive intentions, and these poems will lift your spirits. Isabel Scheck describes her feelings and emotions on a personal level while conveying warmth and empathy. The book title is an allegory where loved ones are represented by these flowers. Isabel also explores her feelings as a poet and communicates her thoughts as she writes, remaining focused on the topic while sharing her experiences with others. The book presents poetry that inspires readers to admire what is around them and to share goodwill.

Sunflowers encourages friendship, describing what it is to share special moments with our loved ones. I liked the ideas this book promotes because it demonstrates the joy of doing something good for others without expecting anything in return. Isabel Scheck writes in a way that is frank when it comes to sharing her feelings, doubts, and joys. The sunflower theme is warm and appropriate. She shares her experiences in a few words with great clarity and the poems can be enjoyed even if you have not read poetry before. I also enjoyed seeing the way Isabel dedicates herself to sharing moments of laughter and happiness. She embodies gentleness and honesty. The collection is perfect for reading with others and showing our gratitude for shared experiences.

Philip Van Heusen

Sunflowers, by Isabel Scheck, is a sweet and perky little book of poetry. All the poems are positive and present the author’s feelings. This allows the reader to experience the range of human emotions. The lyrics are written about sunflowers. However, it is easy to see that sunflowers are just a stand-in for other humans. The reader can see that Isabel enjoys being surrounded by those who listen to and value her opinions. While in conversation, she likes to feel she is the only one they are paying attention to. If one takes the time to speak with her, she feels like she matters. Reading this book will lift your spirits. As one reads the poems, one will see a continuation of thought. The book feels like one long poem broken into pieces to make it easier to read.

Isabel Scheck has a simple style of writing poetry. She does not try to contrive rhymes or metaphors. Her approach to life in Sunflowers is easy to determine. I think the book would be significantly improved with illustrations filling the blank spaces. However, I suggest you read this book because the poems are great. You may not be inspired by sunflowers, but as you read this book, you will learn the importance of belonging somewhere. Find a safe place to relax and enjoy the company of sunflowers, a puppy, a cat, or books. Isabel finds her thoughts turn to the safety of sunflowers. This book is a short read; it won’t take much of your time, but it will boost your mood.

Joy Hannabass

Sunflowers is a unique book of poems written by Isabel Scheck. From the first poem, Scheck pours her heart and soul into every poem. She writes each poem like it is a form of art. The way she describes sunflowers is like she has a personal relationship with them. They smile, they laugh, and they talk to her, making her laugh. They listen to her and value her opinions and make her feel that she actually matters. She loves these sunflowers so much that she nearly dies when they are really near. Yet she loves when they are close. She loves the way they dress, and I do as well, with their bright yellow, black, and pretty green colors. Sunflowers are such beautiful and amazing flowers that I love.

I enjoyed Scheck's style of writing poetry, though it is a bit different than any I have read. I love anything to do with sunflowers, so as I read each one, I read them with an open mind, realizing what Scheck is saying. In some of the poems I could feel the children she works with and could imagine she was describing how she feels about them as well. Then I could feel the sunflowers in all their beauty being at the forefront of what she is saying. Isabel Scheck paints the most beautiful, detailed, vivid picture of sunflowers. As readers read this book of poetry, they will be able to see the most beautiful yellow and black flowers with green stems open up before their eyes. I've never heard a sunflower told in this beautiful detail before. I love the cover of the book with the beautiful sunflowers Isabel Scheck has drawn herself. The black cover with iridescent colors makes the cover pleasing to the eye. If you love poetry and you love sunflowers, Isabel Scheck's Sunflowers is a must-read for you. I highly recommend this book.