“Named one of the Best Children’s Books of 2012 by Kirkus Reviews!
What could be better than cuddling up with your child and this book on your lap and allowing your imaginations to soar with the words and images? Lovingly selected by U.S. Children’s Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis and paired with vibrant animal photography, this collection of poems is an exuberant celebration of the animal kingdom and a beautiful introduction to this genre of literature. Designed for family sharing but targeted to ages 4-8, this dynamic, fresh, yet still classic collection of animal poems is a must-have for the family bookshelf.”
Four words – I LOVE THIS BOOK! I was pretty excited when I was given the opportunity to review National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry; however, I was beyond thrilled as my kids and I gobbled it up the day it arrived. It was after 8 pm when we got home from all my kids activities and there was the package at the front door! Not knowing exactly what was inside, I opened it and couldn’t believe my eyes…..National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry arrived already!
I sat the book on the counter and ordered the kids to put on pjs and brush their teeth. The next thing I know, it is 9:30 pm and we are all on the couch having just finished the book….still in our practice clothes and no teeth brushed. We all LOVE the National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry.
So why do we LOVE this book so much? Well, for one we love animals in my house (especially daughter #2). The photographs in National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry are AMAZING. They are down right gorgeous. That is something you can always count on with National Geographic. The poems are too cool. As an added bonus, in the back of the book, is a description of the different types of poems (Couplet, Shape poem, Haiku, Limerick and Free Verse). I loved that it ties what my kids have learned in school to such a cool book.
National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry is divided into chapters that group poems by theme.
- Welcome to the World (birth of animal young)
- Big Ones (large animals–elephants, hippos, rhinos, bears)
- Little Ones (small animals–worms, insects)
- Winged Ones (birds and other flying creatures)
- Water Ones (aquatic animals–fish, dolphins, crabs)
- Strange Ones (curious creatures–armadillos, centipedes)
- Noisy Ones (loud animals–lions, hyenas)
- Quiet Ones (silent or still animals–hens, rabbits, snakes)
- Last Thought (a reflection on the world we share with animals)
Featured poets include J. Patrick Lewis, Dorothy Aldis, Emily Dickinson, Benjamin Franklin, Robert Frost, Rudyard Kipling, Jack Prelutsky, Elizabeth Madox Roberts, Robert Louis Stevenson, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, and many more. I have to share with you all one of my favorites:
Did I mention what an amazing gift this would make? I don’t know anyone who won’t love it (especially teachers, children and animal lovers!). Want just a taste as to why this book is really in a class of its own? Check out the book trailer for a sneak peak:
Now, if you will all excuse me…..I have to break up a fight between my kids. They are are fighting over who gets to take National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry to school to share with their classmates. Seriously (not kidding around)!