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A Crossing of Zebras: Animal Packs in Poetry Hardcover – April 1, 2008


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 7
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Wordsong (April 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159078510X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590785102
  • Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 9.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,275,704 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 2–5—Starting with evocative collective animal nouns, such as a "tower of giraffes" and a "charm of butterflies," Maddox offers 14 brief poems. Teachers will appreciate the use of alliterative language, imagery, and lighter-than-air whimsy. In "A Rumba of Rattlesnakes," for example, the poet conjures up an image of the animals' dangerous, hypnotic dance with crisp rhythm and wordplay: "They rattle maracas and rat-tat on drums,/blow on tin trumpets, uncurl their tongues." Huber's appealing scratchboard with colored-ink illustrations add texture, color, and fanciful detail. An author's note gives some of the history behind the development and use of collective nouns. An enticing treat for would-be wordsmiths and animal lovers, this short collection will also make an excellent read-aloud.—Marilyn Taniguchi, Beverly Hills Public Library, CA
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If you love to hear words dance, or can envision language in motion, you must pick up this book and read it aloud to someone who adores listening to fun and imaginative poetry. You will see rattlesnakes rumba, from a safe distance of course. Alley cats of all sizes will pounce. An army of ants will feast at your picnic, almost. The language is fun and fanciful and will keep your tongue hopping through the pages. Not only does this book introduce us to some unusual collective nouns such as a murder of crows, a crash of rhinos, and a charm of butterflies, but the poems will also waltz into your heart. The words come alive by the rhythm they keep as they are read. Anyone who remembers the sixties will reminisce when he or she reads about the band of coyotes. So come learn about collective nouns. Each poem is to be enjoyed and is found to be irresistible; let yourself go as you enjoy each expression. The poetry is animated with rich language and is full of life. --Library Media Connection

More About the Author

www.marjoriemaddox.com

Director of Creative Writing and Professor of English at Lock Haven University, Marjorie Maddox has published Local News from Someplace Else (Wipf & Stock 2013); Weeknights at the Cathedral (WordTech 2006); Transplant, Transport, Transubstantiation (2004 Yellowglen Prize); Perpendicular As I (1994 Sandstone Book Award); Perpendicular As I (ebook 2013); When The Wood Clacks Out Your Name: Baseball Poems (2001 Redgreene Press Chapbook Winner); Body Parts (Anamnesis Press 1999); Ecclesia (Franciscan University Press 1997); How to Fit God into a Poem (1993 Painted Bride Chapbook Winner); and Nightrider to Edinburgh (1986 Amelia Chapbook Winner), as well as over 450 poems, stories, and essays in such journals and anthologies as Poetry, Prairie Schooner, Crab Orchard Review, and Image: A Journal of the Arts and Religion.

She is co-editor, with Jerry Wemple, of Common Wealth: Contemporary Poets on Pennsylvania (Penn State Press 2005) and has two children's books from WordSong: A Crossing of Zebras: Animal Packs in Poetry and Rules of the Game: Baseball Poems.

Marjorie studied with A. R. Ammons, Robert Morgan, Phyllis Janowitz, and Ken McClane at Cornell, where she received the Sage Graduate Fellowship for her M.F.A. in poetry; with Sena Jeter Naslund at the University of Louisville, where she received an M.A. in English; and with Beatrice Batson and Harold Fickett at Wheaton College, where she received a B.A. in Literature.

Her numerous honors include Cornell University's Chasen Award, the 2000 Paumanok Poetry Award, an Academy of American Poets Prize, the Seattle Review's Bentley Prize for Poetry, a Bread Loaf Scholarship, Pushcart Prize nominations in both poetry and fiction, and Lock Haven University's 2012 Honors Professor of the Year. She is the great great-niece of baseball legend Branch Rickey, the general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers who helped break the color barrier by signing Jackie Robinson. For updated information and reviews, please see her Web site at www.marjoriemaddox.com

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Emily on July 23, 2008
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Margie Maddox's poems entertain as well as educate -- they are lively but with puns and language play that make them equally interesting for grown ups reading this to children. Huber's prints make a rich complement to these engaging poems.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By RG on August 22, 2008
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I gave this book to my niece for her birthday. She adored the illustrations at once and read the book before going to bed that night. She called me right away and said how much she loved the book. It is very well written, full of information, and fun to read. My sister was so impressed with the book she is going to give it for gifts as well. Who knew gatherings of animals could be so fun to learn about! This is the perfect gift book or coffee table book. I can't wait to get one for myself!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gomez-Arnau on August 2, 2008
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A Crossing of Zebras is an ideal introduction to poetry that is musical and imaginative, and I would love to read this book to my little nephew overseas. (Instead, I've had to send the book to his father, to read to him, until he can enjoy the poems himself.) The illustrations are bold and colorful, while the poems open up the child's world to language that is creative and lively. At the end, when the poet says: Let's write a poem together, the child will (I think) want to do just that. I started writing poetry as a child, thanks to books like this one. What a delight!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SportsMom on August 23, 2008
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My daughter loves this book. Her favorite page is "A Band of Coyotes." We read it together the first time and now she sits and reads it out loud for the rest of us. She really loves the illustrations and likes to count how many animals are on each page. Our whole family has enjoyed this book! It would be a great gift idea.
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