National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry
With Favorites From Robert Frost, Jack Prelutsky, Emily Dickinson, and More : 200 Poems With Photographs That Squeak, Soar, and Roar!Book - 2012
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This book offers fun, and wonderful educational opportunities with the beautiful combination of animal pictures, and delightful poetry. It also groups types of animals together, so subtlety allows animal comparison.
"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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