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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
When I Was a Grownup And Other Poems by Nichole Hansen is a collection of poems that are simple, lighthearted, and easy to understand. The poems are interesting and they will bring a smile not only to the faces of children but adults as well. The topics are diverse, and the poems speak about the rain, glue, animals, dust bunnies, scissors and more of interest to children. The collection is a good introduction to poetry for children and they will be encouraged to put down their thoughts in verse once they read the poems in this book. The combination of poems and illustrations do the dual task of introducing children to writing poetry and becoming creative by doing artwork.
All the poems are imaginative, thought-provoking, and exciting and will inspire children to write poetry. The illustrations are charming and adorable and they make the poems attractive and captivating to readers. It is a good book to have in a personal collection at home and tutors can use it in classrooms and school libraries for poetry reading sessions, especially in the month of April because it is National Poetry Month and that would be the best time and way to get them into reading poetry. All the poems have their own charm and it would be difficult to choose a personal favorite from the collection. Poetry is a niche market and there cannot be a better way to make children love poetry than this; by writing on topics that are relevant and interesting to them and using eye-catching illustrations to make the verses attractive.