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Animal Fare: Poems Library Binding – March, 1994

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From School Library Journal

Grade 1-4-In this cheerful collection, Yolen uses inventive wordplay and alliteration to create a unique menagerie of funny and endearing imaginary animals. In Street's colorful illustrations, the creatures cavort gracefully across the pages in bright pastel watercolors full of movement and mirroring beautifully the lighthearted fun of the poetry. From the Wherewolf to the Whysel, from the Anteloop to the Hippopotanoose, kids will have fun with these creations and may be inspired to create some imaginary animals of their own. The verse reads aloud wonderfully well.
Sue Norris, Rye Free Reading Room, NY
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Gr. 3-5, younger for reading aloud. Puns have great appeal, and in this collection of 16 nonsense verses about animals--from the Hippopotanoose to the Whysel--the silly play is with sound, sense, and illustration. There's "The Mocket Bird" ("The Xerox of the forest / The mimic of the glen"). Then there's the Wherewolf and the Whenwolf. One of the best is the "Rhinocerworse" ("His mother is a meany, His father is a bum"). The illustrations of the monsters in garish watercolors are full of slapstick and distortion, as in that of the Giraft with its periscope neck afloat on the ocean. The book jacket flap recommends this as a collection for the very young, but some of the wordplay may be for the more sophisticated; not many preschoolers will get the joke about the Overgazealous, for example. It's middle-grade punsters who will respond to the humor, and some will want to try out their own menagerie wordplay. Hazel Rochman

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Library Binding: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Harcourt Childrens Books (J); 1st edition (March 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152035508
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152035501
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.8 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,280,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Born and raised in New York City, Jane Yolen now lives in Hatfield, Massachusetts. She attended Smith College and received her master's degree in education from the University of Massachusetts. The distinguished author of more than 170 books, Jane Yolen is a person of many talents. When she is not writing, Yolen composes songs, is a professional storyteller on the stage, and is the busy wife of a university professor, the mother of three grown children, and a grandmother. Active in several organizations, Yolen has been on the Board of Directors of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, was president of the Science Fiction Writers of America from 1986 to 1988, is on the editorial board of several magazines, and was a founding member of the Western New England Storytellers Guild, the Western Massachusetts Illustrators Guild, and the Bay State Writers Guild. For twenty years, she ran a monthly writer's workshop for new children's book authors. In 1980, when Yolen was awarded an honorary Doctor of Law degree by Our Lady of the Elms College in Chicopee, Massachusetts, the citation recognized that "throughout her writing career she has remained true to her primary source of inspiration--folk culture." Folklore is the "perfect second skin," writes Yolen. "From under its hide, we can see all the shimmering, shadowy uncertainties of the world." Folklore, she believes, is the universal human language, a language that children instinctively feel in their hearts. All of Yolen's stories and poems are somehow rooted in her sense of family and self. The Emperor and the Kite, which was a Caldecott Honor Book in 1983 for its intricate papercut illustrations by Ed Young, was based on Yolen's relationship with her late father, who was an international kite-flying champion. Owl Moon, winner of the 1988 Caldecott Medal for John Schoenherr's exquisite watercolors, was inspired by her husband's interest in birding. Yolen's graceful rhythms and outrageous rhymes have been gathered in numerous collections. She has earned many awards over the years: the Regina Medal, the Kerlan Award, the World Fantasy Award, the Society of Children's Book Writers Award, the Mythopoetic Society's Aslan Award, the Christopher Medal, the Boy's Club Jr. Book Award, the Garden State Children's Book Award, the Daedalus Award, a number of Parents' Choice Magazine Awards, and many more. Her books and stories have been translated into Japanese, French, Spanish, Chinese, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Afrikaans, !Xhosa, Portuguese, and Braille. With a versatility that has led her to be called "America's Hans Christian Andersen," Yolen, the child of two writers, is a gifted and natural storyteller. Perhaps the best explanation for her outstanding accomplishments comes from Jane Yolen herself: "I don't care whether the story is real or fantastical. I tell the story that needs to be told."

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