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The Road Not Taken

By Robert Frost

Illustrated by Vivian Mineker

For all of life's adventures comes The Road Not Taken, which The New York TimesBook Review calls "a book that begs rereading."

This beautifully illustrated companion is inspired by Robert Frost's perennial poem. Heartwarming illustrations of a young boy journeying through a yellow wood accompany the original text of the poem. When a fork in the road arises for the boy, so too does the first of life's many choices. And as the poem progresses, so does the boy's life: college, career, marriage, family, loss, and, by journey's end, the sweet satisfaction of a life fully lived. The first children's book ever made of Frost's famous poem, this moving presentation makes an inspiring gift for graduation, marriage, career moves, and all of life's exciting roads. 

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Review quotes

"An impressive treetop view shows boy and beagle confronting the diverging path, emphasizing the magnitude of choice... A favorite Frost poem reveals how serendipitous choice affects a lifetime. (Picture book. 4-8)" 
- Kirkus Reviews

"THE ROAD NOT TAKEN... with illustrations by Vivian Mineker, does a wonderful job of reintroducing a well-known poem without altering a single word...This is a book that begs rereading."
- Laurel Snyder, The New York Times 

"Golden, autumnal shades by Mineker mark Frost’s archetypal “wood,” as a red-haired child with a canine companion walks toward two roads that diverge. Seen from high above, the child resembles an abstract shape faced with the choice between two distinct paths. The boy’s choice leads to pivotal life moments: in one series of images, he grows older as he plays with tinker toys, then holds a book of architecture, then graduates from school. On another spread, chasing his still-spry dog leads him to meet his life partner, which lead to children, grandchildren, and old age. Mineker captures the poignancy and weight of Frost’s most well-known poem while delivering an accessible story of choices and personal journeys to young readers. Ages 5–8. (Mar.)"
- Publishers Weekly

Product Details
Age range
5 - 8
Grade range
3 - 3
Categories
Number of pages
32
Publication date
March 01, 2019
ISBN
9781641701075