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Title:
Animal ark : celebrating our wild world in poetry and pictures
Author:
Alexander, Kwame, author.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, [2017]
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Summary:
"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"--
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781426327674

9781426327681
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Book

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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.


Author Notes

Kwame Alexander is a poet, children's book author, playwright, producer, speaker, and performer. His books include And Then You Know: New and Selected Poems, Crush: Love Poems, Family Pictures: Poems and Photographs Celebrating Our Loved Ones, and Acoustic Rooster and His Barnyard Band. He won the 2015 John Newbery Medal for his bestselling novel The Crossover. Since 2006, his Book-in-a-Day writing and publishing program has created more than 2500 student authors in 50 schools across the U.S., and in Canada and the Caribbean.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

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 ­most notably the multistanza Chorus of Creatures ­movingly affirms that our actions matter and may lead readers to endeavor to help save these endangered species.--Rawlins, Sharon Copyright 2017 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

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.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3-Opening with an earnest invitation to "see what we can save-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-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.-Della Farrell, School Library Journal © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.