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National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry: 200 Poems with Photographs That Squeak, Soar, and Roar! Hardcover – September 11, 2012
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Named one of the Best Children's Books of 2012 by Kirkus Reviews!
Named one of the top Children's Books of 2012 by the New York Public Library!
Named one of the 100 Magnificent Children's Books of 2012 by Fuse 8!
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"Add a little natural wonder to your poetry shelves. Because if we’re talking about the best possible compliment to your eyes and ears alike, few have as many perks and grand moments as this." —School Library Journal starred review
“Gorgeous, full-bleed photographs of wild and domesticated animals accompany animal-focused poems ranging from classic works to the writings of modern children’s poets.” —Publisher’s Weekly starred review
“A well-stirred mix of old and recent limericks, haiku, short lyrics, shaped poems and free verse… A spectacular collection…” —Kirkus Reviews starred review
“I can’t think of a finer holiday gift ... This large, generously illustrated book provides a feast for the eye and animal-loving heart.” —The Boston Sunday Globe
“Stunning photographs and 200 poems ‘squeak, soar and roar’ in this bountiful bestiary that’s a delight for eyes and ears alike.” —New York Public Library
“The poems are well chosen and include rhyming, free verse, and shape poetry... This selection is sure to turn any animal lover into a poetry lover.” —Provo Library
“Lewis has carefully chosen classic and contemporary poems for their array of styles and moods." —Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database
“The perfect keepsake gift for little animal lover on your Christmas list.” —The Review Wire
“What could be better than cuddling up with your child and this book on your lap and allowing your imaginations to soar with the words and images?” —Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast
"Resonate[s] with wonder at the variety, beauty and strangeness of the animal world." --Iowa Press-Citizen
"The poems resonate with wonder at the variety, beauty and strangeness of the animal world." --The Iowa Gazette
“Stunning photographs combine with wonderful poems to create a family treasure of all to share,” —Patch.com
"Take poems by Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson and others, add photos by National Geographic and you've got the spectacular Book of Animal Poetry." —Redding.com
Top Customer Reviews
Three cheers to you,
man of the forest.
You arrived here long before us.
You paved the way; you saw it through.
How nice to have someone like you sitting in our family tree.
Sincerely, from your cousin me.
The category of strange animals has an up close and personal image of an Ostrich. It's poem reads:
The Ostrich roams the great Sahara.
Its mouth is wide, its neck is narra.
It has such long and lofty legs,
I'm glad it sits to lay its eggs.
United States Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis brings together poets from all over to share and inspire young readers with their words. Poets such as Georgia Heard, Paul Janeczko, John Ciardi, Lord Alfred Douglas and so many more. The back pages host tons of resources and readers can even learn to write poems about animals. This book is a treasure any classroom or family would enjoy and share for many years.
The book is organized into nine chapters of poetry and photography, and then also has an epilogue section with reference materials included.
ALL chapters include a wide variety of poetry, including classic lyric poetry, haiku, free verse, and concrete poems. Every page has somewhere between one and three poems, as well as gorgeous National Geographic photos.
Chapter 1-- "Welcome to the World"-- five poems about the beginnings of life
Chapter 2-- " the big ones"-- twenty-nine poems about big animals-- elephants, moose, horses, cows, gorillas, etc.
Chapter 3-- "the little ones"-- thirty-two poems about small animals-- insects, arachnids, small mammals, etc.
Chapter 4-- "the winged ones"-- twenty-eight poems about winged animals-- eagles, bats, hummingbirds, etc.
Chapter 5-- "the water ones"-- twenty-five poems about animals in water-- sharks, oysters, alligators, etc.
Chapter 6-- "the strange ones"-- twenty-eight poems about odd animals-- anteaters, porcupines, eels, etc.
Chapter 7-- "the noisy ones"-- twenty-four poems about animals that make a lot of noise-- pigs, frogs, big cats, etc.
Chapter 8-- "the quiet ones"-- twenty-three poems about quiet animals-- moths, panther, snakes, etc.Read more ›
"If you listen very carefully, you'll hear the chicken hatching," reads the first poem in this book. It's "The Egg" by Jack Prelutsky and it starts off "Book of Animal Poetry"s "Welcome to the World" section. Split into eight different sections, the book categorizes its contents not by genus or species but by only the grandest of terms. There are "the big ones", "the little ones", "the winged ones", "the water ones", "the strange ones", "the noisy ones", and "the quiet ones". Each poem is accompanied by a photograph, and sometimes the photograph is accompanied by more than one poem. There are verses poignant and funny, thought provoking and wild. Finally, at the end of the book, there is a section on "writing poems about animals" that aids kids by giving them a range of different forms to try.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
LOVE the pictures! Love the variety of poems. Love it all! Great for Elementary School and Middle School aged kids. Parents, teachers, and librarians will love this book.Published 17 days ago by MeganRuth
Another wonderful anthology of poetry for the classroom! The poems and accompanying photographs are delightful. My fourth grade students love sharing poetry aloud with the class. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kathryn Pringle
Definitely for older elementary students. The poetry is a good introduction and the pictures are beautiful.Published 10 months ago by Sterling