Bug Off! Creepy, Crawly Poems
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Bug Off! Creepy, Crawly Poems

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In Bug Off! readers meet thirteen bugs in playful, humorous poems and startling, intimate photographs. Nonfiction prose paragraphs broaden the perspective: Children will learn how bees make honey, that many butterflies can taste food with their feet, that lovebugs can fly higher than the Empire State Building, and much more. The subjects will be familiar to kids—a fly, pra...more
Hardcover, 30 pages
Published April 2012 by WordSong
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If you don't become a fan of insects or at least appreciate them more after reading these 13 poems and gasping at the wonderful accompanying photographs, then nothing will make you change your mind about those creepy, crawly, but ever-fascinating creatures. Author Jane Yolen's poems are accompanied by brief notes about the insects featured in her lines, many of which are filled with sly observations. In "Oh, Fly," for instance, she addresses a buzzing fly with relief that it has landed somewhere...more
Jul 22, 2013 Relyn rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Relyn by: Sara Pock, librarian
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I had hoped my bug loving students would grab onto this poetry collection, but it was not a big hit. It was hardly used at all during the Poetry Scavenger Hunt.

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Each February we have a big poetry unit in my classroom. One of the things we do is a Poetry Scavenger Hunt. We have at least 50 poetry books on display in the room and I begin the unit by book talking each book briefly. This takes me at least a week because I read a poem from each book. Then, the kids choose what appea...more
In honor of World Poetry Day (Today, March 21st) I am featuring BUG OFF! CREEPY, CRAWLY POEMS by Jane Yolen.

I'm not a fan of insects and frequently curse their existence when I spend any time outdoors. Mosquitoes seem to love me and will flock to me from miles around. (Sadly, there isn't a poem about a mosquito in this book) But, when I saw that Jane Yolen was the author of these poems I had to take a look. I'm glad I did. The poems are great. The two that stand out for me are: "Oh, Fly" and "PO...more
Don't know how I missed this when it came out but I love it. Yolen's fun poems have an Ogden Nash feel to them and a text paragraph provides facts about each bug. Jason Stemple's close-up photographs are gorgeous and appealing.
Confusious is quoted for saying that 'Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it.' In this book we get a close-up look at some amazing bugs who most of us never really take the time to appreciate. We get to see their impressive characteristics and read unique facts about each of them. What makes the book excellent to me, is that in every page there is also a short poem dedicated to each bug. Some poems are gross, some are funny, but all are a joy to read.
Jeanne Mcpeak
This is a book of cute bug themed poetry for children. High quality photographs of bugs cover a whole page and accompany the poems. A short excerpt of information about the bug is also included with the poem. A good read for young bug enthusiasts and poets alike.
Beautiful photographs, but the poems and accompanying information were a mix of good and just OK. My favorite poem was "An Army of Ants" because I liked the images of ants writing up a list of workers' demands.
Robby and I had a BLAST taking turns reading the poems and the informational paragraphs. This book is a lot of fun for those bug-lovers out there!
Sharon Lawler
Each poem is devoted to one insect, and is accompanied by a close-up photograph and a few interesting facts. Beautiful double spread layout for each bug.
Karen Pajot
A collection of informative poems about insects. This would be great for learning how to write poetry and for learning about insects.
Edward Sullivan
Great collection of poems and photographs.
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Jane Yolen is a novelist, poet, fantasist, journalist, songwriter, storyteller, folklorist, and children’s book author who has written more than three hundred books. Her accolades include the Caldecott Medal, two Nebula Awards, the World Fantasy Award, three Mythopoeic Awards, the Kerlan Award, two Christopher Awards, and six honorary doctorate degrees from colleges and universities in Massachuset...more
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