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In the Wild by David Elliott
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Oct 22, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: picture-books
Read in October, 2010

This book of poems explores wild animals throughout the world. Intriguing animals from the lion to the panda to the polar bear are examined through poems that get to the very heart of them. The poems are brief and at the same time evocative. Paired with the watercolor and woodcut illustrations, the book is an inviting collection of poems suitable for the young child.

Elliott writes his poems with a great sense of play and curiosity. Turn the page, and you will get a contrasting approach with seriousness and grace. It is this interplay of tone that makes this book so very readable, one never knows just what will happen in the next poem or what the next featured animal will be. Meade’s illustrations offer a unified look for these ever-changing poems. She stylishly captures the animals in iconic poses and situations that are made stylized and beautiful through her woodcuts. The illustrations will project well to a group and offer large two-page spreads that show the animals in their habitats.

A great pairing of the appeal of animals and the poetic form, this book is a magnificent addition to library collections. Appropriate for ages 4-7.

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