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Poetry for Young People: Animal Poems (Poetry for Young People)

3.66  ·  Rating Details  ·  56 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
The writers include Blake, Dickinson, Tennyson, Yeats, Wordsworth, and Keats. The captivating paintings by Simona Mulazanni make every page a delight. And the subject—animals, big and small, wild and tame— has an irresistible appeal to children. William Blake’s “The Tyger” burns bright in the lush image that accompanies the verse. Hillaire Belloc pays tribute to an elephan ...more
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published September 1st 2004 by Sterling (first published 2004)
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Sep 16, 2011 Margaret rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
These animal poems are for older children. They are by authors such as Robert Frost, Herman Melville, Lewis Carroll, John Keats, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, William Carlos Williams, and Walt Whitman. There is a small explanation about the poet and the poem before each poem and the dates the poet lived are written under the title. There is also a glossary on the page of words students may not be familiar with. the illustrations are paintings that show the essence of the animal in the poem will, but so ...more
Stacy Countee
Mar 31, 2015 Stacy Countee rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
Animals of all kinds come to life in this book. It captures the attention of its readers by using humor and it speaks directly to some of the animals. The poems range from light to deeply thoughtful. The illustrations are entertaining, dark in colors and appears to be painted. I liked that the book listed the authors birth and deceased dates.Information on the author could also be found on each page. This is a good book to use to teach children about poetry and it helps build vocabulary for youn ...more
Apr 13, 2015 Audrey rated it it was ok
I was very disappointed in this book, because I've been so impressed with the Poetry for Young People series as a whole. The sad part is that the actual components of the book are quite good. The poems are well-chosen, and the illustrations are beautiful. It's a perfect example of the imortance of layout in creating an effective picture book. A great picture book isn't just good words and good pictures: they have to work together to create a cohesive whole, and that's where this book is lacking. ...more
Sandy Brehl
Anthology: annotated poems about animals by classic/timeless poets. Illustrations are colorful and appealing, evoking appropriate moods and enhancing interpretation along with the notes.

Table of contents provided as well as an index listing both authors and titles. Selection of poems suits children, notes not only clarify context but are somewhat biographical.
Apr 19, 2012 Angela rated it it was amazing
Author: Simona Mulazzani
Grade Level: 3-5
Content: Poetry, variety of animals

This book includes a table of contents. This table could be used to reinforce the usage for the table of contents.

A variety of poems are spoken about from 'haiku' to fables. Each poem talks about an animal. Animals included are tigers, elephants, birds, lizards, squirrels, sloths, pigs, owls, turkeys, cats, rodents, fish, alligators, etc...

I love that at the bottom of the poems are vocabulary words that the intended stud
Kayla Krecklow
Sep 28, 2012 Kayla Krecklow rated it it was ok
I have never been a big fan of poetry, and this book really didn't change my mind like I thought it would. Most of the poems were very short whereas some were more lengthy and more hard to read but I just don't really get the concept of poetry. I did enjoy that the book had the author and the dates they were born and deceased, and a brief paragraph about the author of the poet. I also liked the fact that they put definitions for words that young children probably wouldn't have understood without ...more
Beth Pearson
Feb 25, 2015 Beth Pearson rated it really liked it
This book was interesting and I liked the poetry in it. It gives the option to talk about animals and about poetry if wanted. You could have student's pick their favorite animal and learn about it then write a poem about that animal.
Melissa Martin
Feb 24, 2015 Melissa Martin rated it liked it
This would be a good book to assign students to read two poems or one poem per class period and then talk about that poem. Probably too long to have them read it in one sitting
Apr 01, 2015 Johnathan rated it really liked it
Shelves: animal
I really liked the collection and it was fun to go through and see all the different poems about animals. I liked it and made me want to read more poetry, which I guess is the point.
Carlos Romero
Feb 20, 2012 Carlos Romero rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
This book shares with us animal poems written from various poets such as Robert Frost, Langston Hughes and Walt Whitman. This book gives us their different perspectives of the animal world. The book also includes short biographies of the poets and historical background of their poems.
May 27, 2013 Mac rated it really liked it
This is a nice collection with interesting illustrations. Highlights include Blake's "The Tiger," Tennyson's "The Eagle," Dickinson's "A Narrow Fellow in the Grass," and Kipling's "Hunting Song of the Seeonee Pack." We love it at our house.
Jun 30, 2009 Emily rated it it was amazing
I chose this for my poetry book - I absolutely loved it. It has many different poets in this one book. Each page tells you something new and interesting about the poet. Great for poetry unit. Loved it
Apr 30, 2012 Theresa rated it really liked it
a good selection of poems
and information about the poems explaining them to children
i love the way this series presents the poems with beautiful pictures and explianations
Feb 17, 2011 Julia rated it it was amazing
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