Animal Ark: Celebrating Our Wild World in Poetry and Pictures
Animal Ark: Celebrating Our Wild World in Poetry and Pictures
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Annotation: Presents poems about animals, including butterflies, monkeys, frogs, tortoises, alligators, and tigers.
Genre: Poetry
Catalog Number: #192039
Format: Library Binding
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Copyright Date: 2017
Edition Date: 2017
Illustrator: Sartore, Joel,
Pages: 48
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-426-32768-4
ISBN 13: 978-1-426-32768-1
Dewey: 811
LCCN: 2016042462
Dimensions: 26 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
The world's threatened species are celebrated in gorgeously hued photos and haiku in this engaging informational picture book. Photographer Joel Sartore, working with National Geographic Photo Ark, is attempting to photograph every captive species, including mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and insects, to inspire people to save them. Full-color photographs show species alone or in groups on full- or double-page spreads. Three gatefolds display species in smaller portraits, labeled to indicate their risk of extinction. Newbery medalist Alexander's haiku leaps across the pages to express through poetry what Sartore does with images. Variations in font size, color, and placement on the page emphasizes each haiku's meaning, which, purposely, doesn't always align with traditional haiku syllable form (an author's note explains further). Sartore's eye-catching photographs, accompanied by Alexander's poetry ost notably the multistanza "Chorus of Creatures" ovingly affirms that "our actions matter" and may lead readers to endeavor to help save these endangered species.
Horn Book
With Mary Rand Hess and Deanna Nikaido. Striking, detailed photographs of animals appear against black or white backgrounds as descriptive, sometimes metaphorical text plays loosely with the haiku form. Word placement and font size vary across the pages, adding dynamism to the images. Three gatefolds each present smaller labeled photos and a longer poem. The slim volume invites awe of and appreciation for endangered animals. Photographer and poet notes are appended.
Kirkus Reviews
The Newbery medalist matches bursts of poetic commentary to dozens of dramatic close-ups, mostly of creatures classified as endangered or threatened.Drawn from National Geographic's Photo Ark project, which aims to portray examples of every creature in captivity, the photographs present vividly colored animals singly or in small groups, posed against plain white or black backgrounds. Some subjects are rendered with knife-sharp clarity and others with some softening of focus, but all are around the same relative size and display a presence as intense as their enhanced hues. Three gatefolds open up either to reveal a visual index or to expand the approximately three dozen large portraits in the main gallery with ranks of smaller, labeled images. Alexander invites viewers to compose haiku on the pictures; his own contributions are haikulike in language if not form: the three lines of "homes of courage / on humble backs / this is not a race" arc in turn over the shells of a row of ploughshare tortoises, for instance. They take lyrical flights even when their meaning is obscure, as for a pair of young pandas seen as "strong, yet gentle…black and white / championing human nature." Animals "are counting on us to help them," he writes, with more urgency than strict accuracy. Beautiful photos, with an impact heightened (sometimes to somewhat dizzying altitudes) by the accompanying words. (author's, photographer's notes) (Informational picture book/poetry. 6-12)
Publishers Weekly
Sartore, founder of the Photo Ark project-which aims to photograph every animal in captivity amid threats facing many creatures across the globe-teams up with Newbery Medalist Alexander and collaborating writers Hess and Nikaido to provide an up-close look at dozens of animals, in poetry and photographs. Haiku is the form of choice for the poems, though the writers play loose with syllable counts. Most animals get their own poems (-homes of courage/ on humble backs/ this is not a race,- reads one, as four ploughshare tortoises sit side by side against a white backdrop), though some poems reference multiple creatures. At several points, full-page gatefolds expand to accommodate many more of Sartore-s photographs, as well as a multistanza poem titled -Chorus of Creatures.- Unfortunately, there-s a lingering sense of a mismatch between the scope of the project and the format of the book. The grids of images on the foldout pages hardly do justice to the striking detail in Sartore-s photos, and the discursiveness of the longer poem clashes with the brevity of the three-line poems appearing throughout. Ages 4-8. (Feb.)

School Library Journal Starred Review
K-Gr 3&12;Opening with an earnest invitation to "see what we can save&12;together," Alexander and Sartore have crafted a stunning journey through the animal kingdom. The book implores readers to pause and look each animal in the eye, to soak in the majesty and diversity of nature. Alexander's haiku is lively and at times deceptively light, containing lines that carry with it the staggering weight of conservation and extinction, hope and loss: "grandfather of the hunt/FIERCE and FAST/and favored, forever?" accompanies a full-spread photo of the Malayan tiger, its gaze level with readers'. Not to worry, though&12;there is a bit of fun to be had, too, from the likes of an impossibly cute doe-eyed Bengal slow loris, poetry that recalls kid-friendly movement (leaps, stomps, howls), and typography that mirrors sound (for "coils of hiss," the letters float up the page). Visual epiphanies also abound: the pairing of an African leopard and the similarly spotted bobtail squid inspires a sense of unity while highlighting, in exquisite photographic detail, their unique traits. A "Chorus of Creatures" midsection directly addresses readers and urges them to consider their actions and assist in caring for wildlife. Three foldouts identify the animals featured (the photos are part of Sartore's larger Photo Ark project, which aims to photograph every captive species). VERDICT Ideal for sharing one-on-one or with a small group, this impassioned and timely call to reevaluate our relationship with nature is a must-have for poetry collections.&12;Della Farrell, School Library Journal
Reading Level: 2.0
Interest Level: 1-4
Lexile: NP
Guided Reading Level: N

A howling wolf, a stalking tiger, a playful panda, a dancing bird – pairing the stunning photography of National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore with the delicate poetry of Newbery award-winning author Kwame Alexander, this lush picture book celebrates the beauty, diversity, and fragility of the animal world.

Featuring more than 40 unique animal portraits, the pages invite kids to explore each creature's markings, textures, and attributes in stunning detail, while calling on all of us to help protect each and every one. Three picture-packed gatefolds inside showcase even more familiar and exotic species. These images are part of Sartore's lifelong project to photograph every animal in the world, with special attention given to disappearing and endangered species.

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