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Publisher Comments:

“Ms. Worth brilliantly employs all aspects of the poets craft.” - The New York Times Book Review

 

Each of the exquisite twenty-three poems in this posthumous collection by Valerie Worth carefully distinguishes one animal from all other creatures and captures it in all of its wonderful singularity - from wasp to snake to wren. The way Worth perfectly illuminates the uniqueness of each animal in her precise and elegant free verse will delight both fans of her celebrated Small Poems and readers encountering her poetry for the first time.

 

Breathtakingly rich cut-paper illustrations by Steve Jenkins provide a perfect counterpoint to Worths spare style, and together poetry and picture bring every animal vividly to life.

 
Animal Poems is a 2008 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

Review:

"This pairing of the late Worth's exquisite poems with Jenkins's (What Do You Do with a Tail Like This?) extraordinary, cut-paper illustrations make this a volume to treasure. Characteristic of the best of Worth's work, each poem in this handsome volume is a gem — full of crisp language, vivid images and thoughtful ideas. A keen observer, Worth captures not only the look of each animal she describes, but grounds her remarks with wise perceptions about the world both animals and humans inhabit. Camels 'stand/ About munching and belching/ Like smug old maids/ Remembering their ancient/ Sway, when bearded/ Traders sailed them over/ The starry sand-waves.' Jenkins's illustration portrays the subject as sloe-eyed and stately. His artwork, as textured as oil paintings, contains astonishing shadow and depth. Serrated paper edges resemble a squirrel's warming fur as 'late autumn rains/ Fall colder than snow.' The transparent tentacles of a jellyfish appear to undulate, 'their hollow/ Veils and/ Trailed clappers/ Peal eternal/ Knells, for/ Valleys drowned/ And flooded hills.' Jenkins features each animal silhouetted against a solid background (often cream or undersea blue), so that poem and illustration do not compete for attention but, rather, they work together to startle readers with their exactitude. Describing a spider's web, Worth comments, 'The spider weaves it,/ .../ But at dawn, when/ It hangs spangled/ With silver water, frail/ .../ it is not/ Her web, but ours.' This stunning collection will encourage readers to become careful observers, and to make the world of nature their own. Ages 4-up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

About the Author

VALERIE WORTH (1933-1994) is the author of many books for children, including All the Small Poems and Fourteen More and Peacock and Other Poems, which appeared on Fanfare, The Horn Book's Honor List, and was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year and a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year. STEVE JENKINS has written and illustrated many picture books, including Actual Size and the Caldecott Honor Book What Do You Do with a Tail Like This? He lives in Boulder, Colorado.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780374380571
Author:
Worth, Valerie
Publisher:
Farrar Straus Giroux
Illustrator:
Jenkins, Steve
Author:
Jenkins, Steve
Subject:
General
Subject:
Animals
Subject:
Animals - General
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Poetry - General
Subject:
Children's poetry, American
Subject:
Poetry : General
Subject:
American poetry
Subject:
Children's poetry
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Picture Book Poetry
Publication Date:
20070331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from P up to 3
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Full-color illustrations throughout
Pages:
48
Dimensions:
8.69 x 8.91 x 0.515 in
Age Level:
04-UP

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Product details 48 pages Farrar Straus Giroux - English 9780374380571 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This pairing of the late Worth's exquisite poems with Jenkins's (What Do You Do with a Tail Like This?) extraordinary, cut-paper illustrations make this a volume to treasure. Characteristic of the best of Worth's work, each poem in this handsome volume is a gem — full of crisp language, vivid images and thoughtful ideas. A keen observer, Worth captures not only the look of each animal she describes, but grounds her remarks with wise perceptions about the world both animals and humans inhabit. Camels 'stand/ About munching and belching/ Like smug old maids/ Remembering their ancient/ Sway, when bearded/ Traders sailed them over/ The starry sand-waves.' Jenkins's illustration portrays the subject as sloe-eyed and stately. His artwork, as textured as oil paintings, contains astonishing shadow and depth. Serrated paper edges resemble a squirrel's warming fur as 'late autumn rains/ Fall colder than snow.' The transparent tentacles of a jellyfish appear to undulate, 'their hollow/ Veils and/ Trailed clappers/ Peal eternal/ Knells, for/ Valleys drowned/ And flooded hills.' Jenkins features each animal silhouetted against a solid background (often cream or undersea blue), so that poem and illustration do not compete for attention but, rather, they work together to startle readers with their exactitude. Describing a spider's web, Worth comments, 'The spider weaves it,/ .../ But at dawn, when/ It hangs spangled/ With silver water, frail/ .../ it is not/ Her web, but ours.' This stunning collection will encourage readers to become careful observers, and to make the world of nature their own. Ages 4-up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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