This copy of The Ballard of Biddy Early by Nancy Willard with illustrations by Barry Moser is a hardback without a DJ. It was published by Alfred A. Knopf in 1989. Condition: Very Good--name written on the front end page and last name written on the back cover; pages show no handling; binding tight; covers in nice shape.
From School Library Journal
Grade 4 Up-- These 15 poems praise Biddy Early, the wise woman of Ireland's County Clare who lived from 1798 to 1874. Beginning with the ballad of the title, Willard invites listeners in with limericks, songs, and poems. The poems tell of magic and mystery, witchcraft, the supernatural, and murder; how nature and animals revered Biddy Early; how she read the future and cured illness. There are limericks from her cat, a song from her speckled hen, and a final remembrance from her friends. Meter, rhyme, structure, and rhythm vary throughout. Each of Moser's luminous watercolors focuses on a single element; his irregular rectangles rest on white pages and play with light and dark. They are exquisitely composed of haunting images, showing thick-walled cottages, gleaming Irish pipes, eerie cats. Like A Visit to William Blake's Inn (HBJ, 1981) , this is not for everyone, but the rich word play and imagery of the poetry and the power of the art should thrill readers who seek enchantment. --Leda Schubert, Vermont Department of Education, Montpelier
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