National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry

200 Poems With Photographs That Squeak, Soar, and Roar!

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry
Combines photography with lyrical text celebrating the animal world, in a compilation that includes works by such poets as Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost and Rudyard Kipling.

Publisher: Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, c2012
ISBN: 9781426310096
Branch Call Number: J 808.81 N
Characteristics: 183 p. : col. ill. ; 29 cm.
Additional Contributors: Lewis, J. Patrick Editor


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Stunning photographs and 200 poems “squeak, soar and roar” in this bountiful beastiary, for eyes and ears alike.

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Oct 02, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

It has its little quirks here and there, but if you're seeking a poetry book for kids that children would willingly pick up and flip through, even if they have hitherto professed to not like poetry in the slightest, this is your best bet. A gorgeous little number that has the occasional slip-up, it is nonetheless a magnificent collection and book that is well worth the space it takes up. 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.


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Oct 02, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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Oct 02, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"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 National Geographic 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. This is followed by a two-page spread of resources and four indexes at the end, one by title, one by poet, one by first line, and one by subject.


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