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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR); 1st edition (March 20, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374380570
  • ASIN: B003GAN0LW
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 8.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,696,901 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Starred Review. Grade 3–8—This posthumously published collection of 23 poems is masterfully illustrated with colorful cut-paper collages. Worth's artistry lies in painting nuanced word pictures in a few spare lines of free verse. Her poems are often exquisite, always thoughtful, and apt to leave readers with an entirely new perspective. In "Bear," she focuses on the creature's cagy fierceness: "The bear's fur/Is gentle but/His eye is not:/It burns our/Way, while/He walks right/And left, back/And forth, before/Us…." "Jellyfish" crafts an aura of elegant mystery: "Rising under water/Like transparent/Ghost-bells/Of lost lands…." Presented on beautifully designed spreads, the offerings are animated by Jenkins's exquisite artwork. Whether eye-catching or subtly understated, his designs respectfully bear out each poem's image. The author's indelible description of a porcupine "Held fast/In the thicket/Of its own/Thorns" is marvelously brought to life in the brilliant, multidimensional-looking illustration of a small creature peering shyly from its spiky tangle. In "Star-Nosed Moles," readers are first drawn to the visual depiction of another unassuming animal, paws splayed at an awkward angle, but this image only underscores the delicious irony of the poem's artful metaphor, which likens moles to miners with "velvet-coated/Appetites, their taste/For treasure fed/On all the buried/Wealth of earth." Worth's work deserves a wide audience: this superlative collaboration will resonate with poetry lovers, but should also open doors for those who feel daunted by poetry.—Marilyn Taniguchi, Beverly Hills Public Library, CA
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*Starred Review* Vivid imagery and an expert command of sound and meter distinguish this collection of poems about animals. Each spread is dedicated to a different creature, from tiny snail to blue whale, and Worth's inventive metaphors will startle readers into thinking about common animals in new ways: A wasp is a "sharp flake of / Night let loose / In daylight," for example, and jellyfish are "transparent / Ghost-bells / Of lost lands." Jenkins' masterful, spare cut-paper collages illustrate each selection, and the picture-book format seems a bit at odds with Worth's more challenging, philosophical poems, which demand an older child's expanded vocabulary and knowledge of science concepts, such as evolution. There are many poems that will be accessible to younger children, though, and the poetry's many strengths overcome any questions about the intended audience that the format raises; even teens may appreciate Worth's well-honed poetry and her intelligent, creative views of the animal world. Suggest this with Diane Ackerman's Animal Sense (2002). Gillian Engberg
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sleepless in NH on December 3, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Steve Jenkins artwork is lovely, simple, and crisp so that all ages and even some who are visually impaired can enjoy the pictures; the poetry is subtle and thought provoking; having been a math geek, I wasn't sophisticated enough to understand some of this poetry as a child (in some cases, even in highschool) but some of my friends would have with ease so don't rule the book out thinking the poetry is too adult oriented.

Sample: Hummingbird -

Most creatures came the long way, through, slow earth,
But the quick Hummingbird sprang straight from the sun,
Or flew like a spark from the earliest star -
Even now aflicker with the first struck light;
Even now awhirr with the dark's atomic thrum.
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Format: Hardcover
If you love good poetry and beautiful illustrations, then this is an awesome choice. We love to read just one or two poems at a time and then think and talk about them. Excellent pick for those with good taste!
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By Doc W8 on July 23, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Poems and pictures that go together, and make the critters come alive. Perfect pairings of colors shapes and verses. Poetry for all ages.
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10 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Eileen Adamo Mullen on April 13, 2007
Format: Hardcover
When I learned Steve Jenkins was illustrating a book of animal poetry I immediately pre-ordered the book. After all, my boys, ages 4 and 5, will sit for what seems like hours having me read to them the many animal poems written by Douglas Florian. However, when the book arrived we were only able to get through two poems. Essentially Valerie Worth has written her poems for adults and they are even a bit too esoteric for the average adult reader. In fact, my children seem to enjoy some adult poetry (Billy Collins) more than they likes this one. Still, it is enjoyable picture book for the kids to look at when I don`t have the time to read to them, thanks to Steve Jenkins
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