Over the River and Through the Wood -- An Anthology of Nineteenth-Century American Children's Poetry, Johns Hopkins UPress '14 paperback. $29.95, 592 pages, ASIN #1421411407. Title Index, author index, works cited, appendix, notes, follow each chapter, b&w images sprinkled through text.
When one discusses children's poetry, such names as Robert Frost, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, John Greenleaf Whittier, and Emily Dickinson rarely come to mind. And yet, as Editor Karen L. Kilcup writes, "most American poets wrote for children," particularly in the 19th century.
The collection she and Angela Sorby have compiled "includes work by poets from all geographical regions, as well as rarely seen poems by immigrant and ethnic writers and by children themselves....By turns playful, contemplative, humorous, and subversive, these poems appeal to modern sensibilities while giving scholars a revised picture of the 19th-century literary landscape."
The editors have grouped these poems thematically, such as "Growing Things," "Domestic Animals," "Wild Animals," "Toys and Play," "Nonsense," "Cautionary Tales," "Learning Lessons," "Slavery and Freedom," "Politics and Social Reform," "Histories," "Science and Technology," "Homework and Handwork," "Family Ties," "Dreams and Visions."
About the Editors: Karen L. Kilcup is a professor of American literature at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Angela Sorby is an associate professor at Marquette University in Milwaukee.
Sheva's Promise: Chronicle of Escape from a Nazi Ghetto by Sylvia Lederman, Syracuse UPress '13, $24.95, 232 pages, ASIN #0815610181. Illustrations.
From the dust jacket:
"In this gripping memoir, Lederman tells her story of survival during one of the most horrific episodes in history. Beginning with Lederman as a young girl in Poland in 1941, Sheva's Promise traces her experience in a Nazi ghetto with her mother and sister. Resolved that she must avoid the detention camp to help her family, Lederman obtains a false birth certificate and escapes the ghetto.
"Through the courage and humanity of a few individuals, she finds work in a hospital in Germany under an assumed identity. With fierce determination and resourcefulness, Lederman manages to elude Nazi capture and eventually immigrates to the United States with her husband.
Sheva's Promise is not only an invaluable piece of historical record but also the work of a gifted writer whose keen eye for detail and skillful attention to language gives readers an unforgettable story."
Author Sylvia Lederman worked in the garment industry and spent the rest of her life in Queens, N.Y.
Roman Guardsman 62 BC -- AD 324 by Ross Cowan, Illustrated by Sean O'Brogain, Osprey '14 on glossy paperback stock, $18.95, 62 pages, ASIN #1782009256. Index, glossary, further reading, in-text notes, b&w and color images sprinkled through text.
From the back cover:
"For four centuries, from the civil wars of the Late Republic to Constantine's bloody reunification of the Empire, elite corps of guardsmen were at the heart of every Roman army. Whether as bodyguards or as shock troops in battle, the fighting skills of praetorians, speculatores, singulares, and protectores determined the course of Roman history.
"Although the reputation of these elite units, especially the praetorians, has suffered over the years owing to their association with the imperial excesses of emperors such as Caligula and Nero, they had a proud fighting tradition stretching from Pistoria in 62 BC, to their heroic last stand by the Milvian Bridge in AD 312. This title will detail the changing nature of these units, their organization and operational successes and failures from their origins in the Late Republic through to their unsuccessful struggle against Constantine the Great."
Author Ross Cowan obtained a Ph.D. in research on the Praetorian Guard and Second Parthian Legion and is now a freelance writer and historian. Illustrator Sean O'Brogain has a BA (Hons) in scientific and natural history illustration from Blackpool and Fylde College (Lancaster University).