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A Strange Place to Call Home: The World's Most Dangerous Habitats & the Animals That Call Them Home

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"Singer (A Stick Is an Excellent Thing) approaches zoology from a literary standpoint in 14 idiosyncratic poems, with cut-and-torn-paper imagery by Young (The House Baba Built). Each spread features one species and the bizarre conditions in which it thrives. Ice worms squirm 'beneath the glacial ice/ helped by their own antifreeze.' Flamingos feature in a villanelle set in the salt flats they occupy: 'This harsh and salty land — / Flamingos find it grand.' Torn, fibrous brown papers, representing a sandstorm, dwarf a nearly hidden camel; crumpled iridescent paper suggests the shimmery wings of petroleum flies: 'Thousands/ of them are born/ in carrion, water,/ or soil. But not this crew. They hatch/ in oil.' Endnotes provide paragraph-length descriptions of each creature, yet the experimental verse and minimalist collage can keep the remarkable animals abstract and distant (' limpet is resourceful/ Its fine construction/ employs suction./ In other words, its thing/ is mightily to cling'). Better shared than read solo, Singer's poems marvel at unlikely existences. Ages 6 — 9. Agent: Brenda Bowen, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. Illustrator's agent: Edward Necarsulmer IV, McIntosh & Otis. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781452101200
Author:
Singer, Marilyn
Publisher:
Chronicle Books (CA)
Subject:
Health and Medicine-Anatomy and Physiology
Subject:
Children s Nonfiction-Animals
Publication Date:
20120831
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Singer (A Stick Is an Excellent Thing) approaches zoology from a literary standpoint in 14 idiosyncratic poems, with cut-and-torn-paper imagery by Young (The House Baba Built). Each spread features one species and the bizarre conditions in which it thrives. Ice worms squirm 'beneath the glacial ice/ helped by their own antifreeze.' Flamingos feature in a villanelle set in the salt flats they occupy: 'This harsh and salty land — / Flamingos find it grand.' Torn, fibrous brown papers, representing a sandstorm, dwarf a nearly hidden camel; crumpled iridescent paper suggests the shimmery wings of petroleum flies: 'Thousands/ of them are born/ in carrion, water,/ or soil. But not this crew. They hatch/ in oil.' Endnotes provide paragraph-length descriptions of each creature, yet the experimental verse and minimalist collage can keep the remarkable animals abstract and distant (' limpet is resourceful/ Its fine construction/ employs suction./ In other words, its thing/ is mightily to cling'). Better shared than read solo, Singer's poems marvel at unlikely existences. Ages 6 — 9. Agent: Brenda Bowen, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. Illustrator's agent: Edward Necarsulmer IV, McIntosh & Otis. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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