Pug and Other Animal Poems: And Other Animal Poems
Pug and Other Animal Poems: And Other Animal Poems
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Annotation: Animal behaviors are explored and celebrated with bright collage art and whimsical poems.
Genre: [Poetry]
Catalog Number: #67908
Format: Perma-Bound from Publisher's Hardcover
Special Formats: Inventory Sale Inventory Sale
Copyright Date: 2013
Edition Date: 2013
Illustrator: Jenkins, Steve,
Pages: 40
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-374-35024-8 Perma-Bound: 0-605-58599-7
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-374-35024-6 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-58599-7
Dewey: 811
LCCN: 2010034300
Dimensions: 22 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
As with the highly regarded Animal Poems (2007), Jenkins' meticulous cut-paper collage images successfully catch the essence of Worth's concise, vivid poems about a startling variety of creatures. The 18 featured animals, each radiant upon a separate double-page spread against boldly colored backgrounds, run the gamut from large (bull) to small (fly), from beautiful (Bengal tiger) to "ugly" (pug), from lively (fox) to dead (mouse), and from unusual (wood thrush) to more common ("My Cat"). Rendered in action close-ups, each should be recognizable to children. Worth's free-verse poems are chock-full of delicious metaphor ("The Bengal tiger / Batters his cage; / His rage is thunder, / Sharp stripes flash"), providing a precise mental image. While some concepts may be a tad sophisticated for the youngest, the language and images should inspire appreciation in audiences of all ages.
Kirkus Reviews
Jenkins again provides stunning collage illustrations for a posthumous collection of poems by esteemed poet Worth, following Animal Poems (2007). This collection features 18 free-verse poems about the animal kingdom, including insects, fish, birds, wild animals and three pets: a dachshund, a prowling cat and the titular pug, shown in an appealing head-on view on the cover. Some of the animal subjects are less than engaging (a dead mouse left on the doorstep, a rat surrounded by garbage), but Worth finds tiny details and meaningful observations in each animal she examines, asking readers to accept any animal as a worthy subject for poetic examination. A few of the poems will be accessible to younger children, but most are more appropriate for children in upper-elementary grades or middle school; some will demand an adult's help in interpretation. Jenkins provides illustrations in his dazzling paper-collage format with impressive results, from a luminous firefly to a snarling tiger. There is no thematic flow or organization of the poems, so readers hop about the animal world in a slightly jarring manner, though the illustrations are captivating whatever the subject. Another welcome collection. (Picture book/poetry. 6-13)
School Library Journal Starred Review
Gr 3-5 A vividly crafted collection of 18 animal poems with subjects ranging from pugs to geese to fireflies. As in Animal Poems (Farrar, 2007), the poet's undeniable expertise is elegantly expressed in Jenkins's collage art. Each entry is featured on a spread with a paper collage depiction of the animal that complements the singular focus and brevity of the free-verse selection. Each poem captures a brief moment or an unusual perspective: from the mysterious nature of the fox, to the quiet stillness of a dead mouse left on the doorstep, to the power and raw ferocity of the tiger. The art reflects the shifting moods of the work deftly, allowing both to compel readers. Whether read aloud or scanned silently, this lovely book shines with the same qualities as the previous collection. Poetry readers who are hungry for more might want to peruse The National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry , edited by J. Patrick Lewis (National Geographic, 2012), to continue the exploration of the creature kingdom.&12; Stephanie Whelan, New York Public Library
Reading Level: 2.0
Interest Level: K-3
Reading Counts!: reading level:5.1 / points:1.0 / quiz:Q60315
Lexile: NP

In the follow-up to the well-received Animal Poems, Pug: And Other Animal Poems examines a wide range of animal behavior, from the fleetingness of a fly sipping spilled milk to the constant steely presence of a powerful bull; the greedy meal of a street rat to a cat's quiet gift of a dead mouse on the doorstep. Steve Jenkins's bright collage art brings these small moments to life. A Margaret Ferguson Book

My cat
Wood thrush
Bengal tiger
Sparrows and pigeons

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