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National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry: 200 Poems with Photographs That Squeak, Soar, and Roar!

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Named one of the Best Children's Books of 2012 byKirkus Reviews!

"Add a little natural wonder to your poetry shelves. Because if we’re talking about the best possible compliment to your eyes and ears alike, few have as many perks and grand moments as this."School Library Journalstarred review

"Out of a windless August night/A luna moth in ghostly light
Beat softly on my wind
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published September 11th 2012 by National Geographic Children's Books
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Michelle Pegram
With chapters such as the "big ones," "little ones," "strange ones," "winged ones," "water ones," "noisy ones," and "quiet ones," this anthology will not fail to draw the reader in and invite them to stay.

As expected from a National Geographic offering, the photographs that grace the pages are stunning and awe inspiring. They are sure to hold the attention of little ones even if they cannot read the words.

The 200 pieces of poetry in this book run the gamut of silly, serious, inspiring, and info
This anthology deserves a spot in every library and every child's collection. 200 animal poems--written by classic and contemporary poets such as Robert Frost, Jane Yolen, Douglas Florian, and Georgia Heard--explore the humor, wonder, and diversity of the animal world. The beautiful book design positions each poem alongside stunning National Geographic photographs-- creating a visual encyclopedia with each photograph more breathtaking than the last. This isn't the sort of book you read once. It' ...more
Nathaniel Mccombs
National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry is an awesome example for a poetry book. This book provides readers with a peek in to the everyday lives of an array of animals. The book is split up into different types of animals such as big, little, winged, water, noisy, strange and quite. A great aspect of this book is many poets contributed to making this book to display their creative writing skills, including Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson and Steven Withrow. That said not only do children get to ...more
This poetry collection, assembled by J. Patrick Lewis, deserves a spot on every library and child's bookshelf. Exploring the humor, wonder, and beauty of the animal world, stunning photographs enhance each poem creating a visual encyclopedia. This is the sort of book children pore over-- looking at images, sharing poems, and rereading many times. I wish I could buy this book for every child I know. The perfect gift book.
What I liked best about this book are the outstanding, awesome, inspiring, and sometimes adorable photographs in this book that you can expect from National Geographic. Every page includes top-to-bottom, full page photos of a radically wide range of creatures found across the globe. This anthology boasts poetry from Robert Frost, Jack Prelutsky, and Emily Dickinson. A lot of the poetry I found to be fairly advanced for young children (including some free verse poems); poems should be carefully s ...more
This rather large book not only contains incredible photographs done by National Geographic, but 200 animal poems, each written by a different poet. This is a great book to use as a read-aloud, and to show examples of all different types of poems--free-verse, rhyming, haiku, etc. The table of contents is organized by animal traits. There are "the big ones," "the little ones," "the winged ones," "the water ones," "the strange ones," "the noisy ones," "the quiet ones," and "final thoughts." The ba ...more
Tracy St.
This book of poetry is exactly what I would expect from National Geographic. Their live action shots of animals from across the globe are sure to peak students interests from many grade levels! Though some of the poems in this book are too advanced for a majority of my students to read, I’m sure they would love to hear many of them during a read aloud time just to simply enjoy poetry that is a little different than what we normally read (rhyming or silly poems). Another aspect of this book is th ...more
This book did not meet my expectations as a book which I could share with my elderly clients. At first I was excited by the large format print and photographs, but I think the slickness of the National Geographic images have a sort of mass-produced, corporate feeling that renders them somehow inaccessible, as if they are air-brushed (perhaps they are). I found some wonderful poems, especially those by Jane Yolen, Kay Ryan, Janet S. Wong, Ogden Nash, Harry Behn, and Charles MacKay. Others seemed ...more
This “children’s book” took my breath away! It is a poetry book, like no other I have ever seen. This poetry has amazing photographs accompany with the poems about animals. Furthermore, this book is divided into chapters. Italsoincludes anepilogues section with reference material. This can go well in exposing a form ofnon-fiction materials to children.

I read some of the poems to my 2-year-old daughter who ADORED each of the photographs. Although, she was still young to understand some of the po
Jasmine Yanich
This is a very informative poem book with over 200 poems on a variety of different animals from many different places. The images are all realistic with pictures that were taken in nature. Many of the different animals have more than one poem so there are different perspectives and different information presented for each of the animals. Also, some of the animals used in poems are not the most common so it gives students a look into animal's lives that they may have never even heard of before.

This book was a lot bigger than I would have expected for a Beehive nominee (2014-2015), especially as there are a couple of other big ones in this year's choices. How many children are actually going to real all 200? I was running out of time, so I actually skimmed the book. I read a few poems here and there, particularly ones about animals I like. But the part I enjoyed the most were the photographs. And I looked at every single one of those. I would actually like to own this book for my own k ...more
Gracie Guagenti
My daughter enjoyed this book the most during our "poetry reading night". The photographs captured her attention while the poems captured mine. A classroom of children would be enjoy hearing these poems while looking at actual photographs of the creatures described. The cover and title font do not do this book justice. I thought I had made a mistake by picking this one up from the library but was very impressed once we looked into it. It's a large book and would difficult for smaller children to ...more
Ashly Schuette
National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry is a charming, inspiring, and creative book that brings a closer look into the animal kingdom. From rhinos to tigers, and caterpillars to grasshoppers, these unique poems and intimate photographs shed new light on the everyday experiences among animals. The recommended grade levels for this text are PreK-3. The specific concepts from this text that could be integrated into a classroom are: life cycle, families and relationships, friendships, and could be ...more
Not only am I positive our readers will love this book -- it's filled from cover to cover with stunning animal photography -- I'm also excited that it will get poetry into the hands of more students!

Each photograph is paired with a poem from a great contemporary or classic poet. This book is just win-win, on repeat! I am eager to share it with teachers and students, and then watch as it never touches its home in the library.

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Interesting anthology of poetry from a variety of different poets, both famous and anonymous. Like all collections some are better than others, but there are plenty of simple, repetitive poems in here easy to model for beginning language learners. Also some more complicated ones with a sense of humour. Here are some of my favorites:

"About the teeth of sharks"

The thing about shark teeth is--teeth,
one row above, one row beneath.

Now take a close look. Do you find
It has another row behind?

Still clos
Julie Rand
For kids who like animals and photographs, this book is a gem! J. Patrick Lewis has brought together the best in poetry and photography in a large format, beautifully printed edition of National Geographic photos combined with poems.

The book opens with a nicely laid out table of contents which clearly shows how the book is structured. The poems and accompanying photos are organized by theme: big animals, small animals, winged and water creatures, noisy and quiet, and strange creatures. The table
This is an awe-inspiring book that would serve as a valuable resource in so many ways. From the nice intro that challenges the reader to think of the oft forgotten worlds of many animals, to the wonderful photography, the great variety of poems selected, and the detailed indexing and arrangement-- it's a great volume to have.

Some of my favorites include the "Dear Orangutan," the 'Horses' poem by Aileen Fisher (one of many clever themed pages, such as the cow, elephant. and snail spreads), "I Saw
Iowa City Public Library
Edited by J. Patrick Lewis, U.S. Children’s Poet Laureate, this new volume of children’s poetry about the animal world is a stand-out. 200 poems with beautiful color photographs of each animal comprise this collection produced by the National Geographic Society in Washington, D.C. The compilation includes poems by such noteworthy poets as Robert Frost, Jack Prelutsky, Emily Dickinson, Ogden Nash, Jane Yolen, Lilian Moore, Valerie Worth, David McCord, and J. Patrick Lewis. As with most books of p ...more
Even the most reluctant readers of poetry will find something appealing in this collection of 200 poems about animals by classic and contemporary writers. Selected by Children's Poet Laureate and recipient of the NCTE Excellence in Poetry for Children Award, J. Patrick Lewis, there are verses from Emily Dickinson, D. H. Lawrence, Ogden Nash, and Rudyard Kipling, among others, representing the past, and Paul Janeczko, Alice Schertle, Jack Prelutsky, and Janet Wong, representing the present and fu ...more
Kristi Bernard
Have you ever tried to imagine the secret lives of animals? National Geographic is no stranger to open our eyes to the life of animals via photography and film. Now, imagine bringing this wonderful photography to life with poetry. This giant book is sectioned by large, small, winged, noisy, quiet and wet animals and so many more that live and thrive on our planet. One example is with an Orangutan and her baby. The pictures show the two hugging and the little one giving his momma a kiss. The poem ...more
Animals make for good poetry. That's just common sense. When humans get misty eyed and start thinking their great grand thoughts, they tend to be inspired by some form of nature. Naturally, some animals in particular are replete with awe-inspiring tendencies. Bald eagles, say. So where does that put your average hamster or flamingo? Not all animals are built to accompany great grand thoughts after all. Some of them are best suited to small, sly, clever verses instead. Taken as a whole, there are ...more
This book has really beautiful photographs with perfectly matched poetry selections for each animal.Good for encouraging rhymes,and will have children laughing and inquisitive. Get's them trying out words, and whole lines from the poems.

Dear Orangutan:
Three cheers to you,
man of the forest.
You arrived here long before us.
You paved the way; you saw it through.
How nice to have someone like you sitting in our family tree.
Sincerely, from your cousin me.
Michael Duffey
Feb 22, 2014 Michael Duffey rated it 5 of 5 stars
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This book was AMAZING! It contains 200 poems with actual photographs of the animals the poem is about! The pictures were so much fun to look at! The poems are fun with catchy rhymes. The intended grades are PreK-2. I could tie this book into a variety of science and reading/writing lessons. For example, students could write their own poem about their favorite animal. Students could also research about their favorite animal, learning various facts then write a poem about it. The possibilities are ...more
Sandy Brehl
The introduction by Lewis says, "This book is not for reading straight through. Pick it up any time. Choose a poem and then read it out loud: You want your ears to have as much fun as your mouth is having."
Good advice for any poetry anthology. I encourage readers of any age to start at the cover and take time with it, savoring page after page, all the way through to page 169. Slowly. Let the images speak to you. Absorb the visual power captured in this book. I doubt anyone will be able to resis
I would give this book 10 stars if I could. It was incredible! Pictures were vibrant, up close, and very detailed. Poetry was funny, informative, playful, and perfect for reading aloud.

Poems were divided into sections such as the big ones, the little ones, the winged ones, the water ones, the strange ones, the noisy ones, the quiet ones, and a final thought section which encouraged readers to be good citizens of the Earth by taking care of the environment and all creatures who call it home.

Tina Mcconkie
What a beautiful book of poetry. Each poem is accompanied by a magnificent colored photography of the animal described. The pictures are stunning. Anybody can pick up this book and enjoy it. This book would make a great addition to any classroom library.
Michelle  Simpson
The pictures alone make this a wonderful book, and it contains a great assortment of poetry. It would make a great addition to any library or elementary classroom.
What a wonderful book! Book of Animal Poetry is full of stunning photographs and fun poems. Each pages leaves you wanting more.
Bridget R. Wilson
What I thought: This is a great collection. I love the mixture of old and new poems, traditional and innovative forms. The photographs are stunning.

Here are the divisions:
Welcome to the World
The Big Ones
The Little Ones
The Winged Ones
The Water Ones
The Strange Ones
The Noisy Ones
The Quiet Ones
Final Thought

I took Lewis's advice, "This book is not for reading through" (7). I read the collection over a couple of weeks giving myself a daily poetry break. Such an enjoyable time! I love the "Writi
Adam Di Filippi
Beautiful photos and a good collection of poems for junior level readers.
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J. Patrick Lewis is the current Children's Poet Laureate. He has written more than seventy children's books, including Once Upon a Tomb: Gravely Humorous Verses. J. Patrick Lewis lives in Ohio.
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