The Road Not Taken

The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost. Illustrated by Vivian Mineker

Penned in 1915, Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken” is one of the most quoted and memorized poems in the English language. Over 100 years later, the poem appears for the first time as a picture book; Vivian Mineker’s illustrated interpretation has made it worth the wait. Two roads diverge in a woods of fall hues of yellow and gold. A young boy with his dog ponders the fork in the forest trail and and decides which path to take. Once he chooses, the reader accompanies the boy through the stages of his life where “way leads on to way,” from school friendships to college, work, falling in love, marriage, and raising a family. Having lived out his life, the boy, now an old man surrounded by those he loves, is grateful for the road taken. This book provides a wonderful opportunity to engage Frost’s poem with children. It is also a fitting gift for marking an event such as a graduation, career move, or marriage.  Recommended for ages 7 and up. (Familius)

About the Author

Jenny deGroot is a teacher/librarian in Langley, British Columbia.

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