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The Beauty of the Beast: Poems from the Animal Kingdom Hardcover – March 14, 2006


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Product Details

  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 12
  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (March 14, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 067987058X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679870586
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.6 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #405,215 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

The Beauty of the Beast : Poems from the Animal Kingdom is a stunning collection of poems celebrating "the beauty and wonder of the animal kingdom." Poet and anthologist Jack Prelutsky has chosen 200 works by 123 poets from Carl Sandburg to Seamus Heaney, with a tip of the hat to his own "The Multilingual Mynah Bird." Not surprising for someone who grew up near the Bronx Zoo, Prelutsky has arranged the poems into five zoological classifications. The vibrant watercolor illustrations for this book were created by Meilo So, a brilliant Hong Kong-born artist. A welcome anthology for poetry lovers, watercolor enthusiasts, and children's book collectors alike. (Ages 8 and older)

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 5?Beware?this book may let a zoo loose in your library! These poems are alive, from one set of endpapers to the other. Prelutsky has selected a remarkable array of poems full of movement and sound from primarily English and American contemporary writers, proving that he has as good an ear for other poets' work as he does for his own. Each page has several poems and bright watercolors that writhe with texture. From an explosion of insect color to a steady wintery stream of reindeer, Meilo So's illustrations lend a different mood to each spread and bind the selections more securely than paper and thread. Almost overwhelming at times, the pictures force readers to take it slow: this is a collection to savor for years, either as a read-alone or read-aloud. A well-designed, comprehensive, and satisfying book, this is certainly a superlative collection. Of smaller breadth, Ann Carter's Birds Beasts and Fishes (Macmillan, 1991) contains completely different poems in the same style, and complements this one nicely. In sound and sight, this book is a beauty.?Nina Lindsay, Vista School, Albany, CA
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Great variety of poems and I love the illustrations.
Laura M
This book is truly a feast for any poetry lover and would enhance anyone's personal or classroom library.
Laurel Webber-Gray
The volume includes an index of titles, as well as an index of authors.
M. Tanenbaum

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 11, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Hi my name is Roxanne! I am 9 years old! I recived it from my aunt Barbra. I loved it so much that I went to a bookstore called,"The Frugal Frigate". It's the best! I bought the book for my teacher! She loved it too! She started telling all the teachers and everybody! Then they started buing,"The Beauty Of The Beast!"
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Leser on September 1, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book is worth it for the "Bumble Bee" poem on page 6 alone but the end page art is also incredible. The poets are very eclectic ranging from Margaret Wise Brown of "Goodnight Moon" fame to Ted Hughes and D.H. Lawrence! This is a wonderful book for all ages.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 17, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Nobody ever collected animals together like Noah. Nobody ever collected animal poems like Jack Prelutsky. The Beauty of the Beast is a winner with great animal poems that appeal to all ages. If you like animals, you'll love these animal poems, and may even find yourself liking poetry too. We did.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Laurel Webber-Gray on January 19, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Jack Prelutsky continues to prove that he cannot be pigeon-holed into the role of simply a poet. In his role as editor of yet another poetry anthology with the publication of The Beauty of the Beast, Prelutsky has once again chosen poems that fit with and enhance the book's overall theme. Children will be delighted with the variety of poetic genres exhibited here--from the sublime to the hillarious. Meilo So's pictures form a charming backdrop to these poems, and each section of the book features a beautifully lyric haiku written by Prelutsky. This book is truly a feast for any poetry lover and would enhance anyone's personal or classroom library.
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Format: Hardcover
This anthology of poetry, edited by Children's Poet Laureate Jack Prelutsky, includes more than 200 poems about animals by mostly 20th century poets. The book is enhanced by exquisite Japanese-style watercolor paintings by illustrator Meilo So. The book is composed of separate chapters focusing on different animal groups, each introduced with a brief poem written by Prelutsky and a beautiful illustration. These groupings include poems about insects, fish, reptiles, birds, and mammals. The volume includes an index of titles, as well as an index of authors. Poems about the same type of animal are grouped together; for example, there is a two-paged illustrated spread of poems about dogs.
This is a lovely anthology that is perfect for any age child or even adults who love animals; this volume offers a near perfect blend of poetry and illustration.
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More About the Author

Michele Krueger was born and raised in the Bronx, New York and studied literature at Lehman College with U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins. She has worked as a poet teacher with California Poets In the Schools for many years. Her poetry for children appears in anthologies edited by Lee Bennett Hopkins, Jack Prelutsky, Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton, Kenn Nesbitt, Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong. She became a student of Adi Da Samraj in 1974, and has been a practitioner of The Reality Way of Adidam for 40 years. Living as a householder near The Mountain Of Attention Sanctuary in Northern California, she spent hundreds of hours in Adi Da Samraj's Company attending Darshan and Discourse occasions.

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