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Animal tracks : wild poems to read aloud
Ghigna, Charles.
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Publication Information:
New York : Harry N. Abrams, [2004]

Physical Description:
35 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
A collection of simple poems about such animals as lions, hummingbirds, dogs, alligators, and seagulls.
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Includes index.
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PS3557.H5 A8 2004 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Filled with clever puns, wordplay and colourful illustrations, this collection of poems about the many lovable members of the animal kingdom aims to educate and entertain young readers.

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Booklist Review

K-Gr. 3. This attractive volume features 32 short, illustrated poems about animals. The book's clean design and varied layouts create a fine showcase for both the light verse and the eye-catching pictures. Pleasing, childlike watercolor art interprets the verse with wit and style. Many of the poems will appeal to the silly side of children's sensibilities; others make observations or draw connections between animals and people or things. Some depend on wordplay that young children--and sometimes even older ones--are unlikely to understand without an explanation, but, after all, the best way to use an illustrated poetry collection is to read poems aloud to children and talk about them along the way. Nice-looking and mildly amusing, this book is recommended for larger collections. --Carolyn Phelan Copyright 2004 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

For a lighter take on the environment, clever poems about an array of animals abound in Animal Tracks: Wild Poems to Read Aloud by Charles Ghigna, illus. by John Speirs, a companion to Animal Trunk. Zany watercolors portray such scenes as a trio of fierce four-legged fighters up against the ropes of a boxing ring with a lone human spectator, clad in a wool sweater, in "Do Not Bully a Bull" ("Do not badger a badger./ Do not bully a bull./ Do not beep at the long-horned sheep,/ Especially while wearing wool"). (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-4-Rhyming quatrains and couplets that describe pigs, hippos, penguins, turtles, butterflies, hummingbirds and dogs are mingled with punny poems ("-I will always BEE yours./I will never have any EGRETS./You are my one and only GULL./OWL always love you") and nonsense rhymes. A few are just too ridiculous and forced ("-Is this stuff all well known?/I've never seen a shark who made a loan./This, too, sounds rather rash,/I've never seen a cow who carries cash-"). Charming watercolor-washed pencil drawings of cartoon-style children, birds, and animals (some clothed) add significant appeal to the collection. An appended index lists each animal mentioned in the poems. A supplementary purchase where silly poetry is in demand.-Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.