Natural feelings sprout up in childhood and are freely expressed, and these poems relate them in a child’s voice. Full of zesty innocence, they talk about things that really matter when you’re young. Love abounds – for Dad, the dog, the baby blanket and the stuffed cat. Exploration affirms the world is full of interesting food, and a lot of ups and downs as you find out what goes on in schoolrooms and the neighbourhood. Teachers are kind and the other children are all different; some are happy alone and some can live only in a wolf-pack. Some days are scary, some are for solving things. This is a wonderful, rich collection that shares what a kid with an open-hearted approach to life is learning day by day. A child from about 7 would love it and so will sympathetic adults.