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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 by Kirkus 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 Journal starred review
"Out of a windless August night/A luna moth in ghostly light
Beat softly on my
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published September 11th 2012 by National Geographic Children's Books
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Mar 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
Suggested Grade Levels: 1st-5th grade.
Genre: Themed Poetry Book
Themes: Animals
Awards: 2013 Claudia Lewis Award

Calling all animal lovers, this book is for you! One of nature’s most powerful wonders is its wildlife in action. This themed anthology of poems captures this profound wonder of animals and explores it through poetry. It keeps the child’s heart in mind and organizes the poems by chapters such as “the strange ones,” or “the winged ones,” which are chapters that have poems all on strange a
Michelle Pegram
Mar 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
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 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.
Edward Sullivan
Jan 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry, anthologies
A delightful collection of poems coupled with stunning photographs that you know will be awesome because it's, well, National Geographic. A wonderful anthology for classrooms, libraries and homes.
Nichole Forest
Jul 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
1. Category/Genre: Poetry
2. Copyright date: 2012, edited by J. Patrick Lewis, US Children's Poet Laureate
3. Age level of interest: K -5, estimate
4. Reading level: 3rd and up, estimate
5. Brief description: This is a lovely book of poems of famous writers such as Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson and Jack Prelutsky to name a few. The poems are all of animals from hundreds of different species.
6. Two Characteristics:
1. Poetry draws on many kinds of language magic. The imagery of a poem involves direct
Stephanie Watson
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: worth-education
A fun collection of 200 animal poems, beautifully assembled with full-page photos of the animals being described. In terms of style, it holds to the high standard you'd expect from National Geographic. The poems are almost all accessible to younger readers, and some made me laugh out loud. I'd recommend this book to 8-12 year olds, though it's a good readaloud for younger ages. As the editor states in the intro, this isn't a book to be read in one go, but to be enjoyed here and there a few poems ...more
Natalie Jarman
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The amazing photographs that accompany the beautiful poems within this animal themed poetry book will blow your mind! There are a mixture of both classic and new poems about animals that are paired with stunning pictures of wildlife in action. This book simply cannot be beat, with it's colors, animals, pictures, writing, and scenery, it will make you feel like you are right there in the wild with them.
Katelyn Ferry
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry: 200 Poems with Photographs that Squeak, Soar, and Roar! is a children’s picture book that is edited by J. Patrick Lewis. This poetry book is full of famous poems that are all about animals. There are images of animals on every single page and the reader will be completely engaged in this book as the pictures seem to come to life with up close and personal views of animals from all over the world (Lewis, 2012).
Oct 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Daniel Woolf
Jun 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
I loved the different photos that go along, good for an unit on animals
Vanessa Lanigan
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The National Graphic Book of Animal Poetry is one of the best and well organized children's books that I have ever read. The photography is beautiful and adds to the emotional quality of the poems. This book has nine well thought out chapters that begins with "Welcome to the World," and followed by; "The Big Ones," "The Little Ones," "The Winged Ones," "The Water Ones," " The Strange Ones," "The Noisy Ones," "The Quiet Ones," and "The Final Thought." The Book of Animal Poetry includes poems from ...more
Cameron Walker
May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Really great book on animals. Not only does it have unique poems for the animals, it includes real photographs of them. There is a huge variety of animals; if you could think it, it's probably in here. Also includes kid friendly information on writing poems.
Mar 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-poetry
This book is for pre-k - 3rd grade.

This is a collection of poems and photographs of all kinds of animals from large to small, land and sea. It teaches facts about the animals in the poems about what they eat or where they live or some of their physical attributes.

I think this is a really nice collection of photographs and poems that almost reach into an informative text realm since some of the poems do teach a little bit about the animal. I like that it covers such a broad range from birds to b
Julie Rand
Oct 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-book
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
Nathaniel Mccombs
Oct 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry-book
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
Nov 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Anna Kozlowska
Oct 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry-books
I read “The National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry,” with favorites from Robert Frost, Jack Prelutsky, Emily Dickinson, and more, edited by J. Patrick Lewis, U.S. Children’s Poet Laureate for my first children’s poetry book. The Book of Animal Poetry is a collection of two hundred animal poems with accompanying photographs. The poems are broken into clusters, like the big ones, the little ones, the winged ones, the water ones, the strange ones, the noisy ones, and the quiet ones. The illustra ...more
Jasmine Yanich
Oct 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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.

Jun 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Mary Mitchell
Mar 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is a fantastic collection of poems from various authors that celebrates animals. The book is divided into chapters that are grouped by themes, such as “Welcome to the World” (birth of animals), Big Ones (large animals), and Little Ones (small animals). This organization makes the topics a bit more manageable for students, as they would understand more background knowledge, and be able to compare and contrast the various animals discussed.

This book would serve as an excellent introduc
Danielle Jentz
Jan 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry-lis510
This collection of well thought out poetry is all about the animals. The animals and poetry are divided up into seven sections that describe the animals as loud, noisy, living in water, big, or small just to name a few. The style of each and every poem is different, but they all attempt to look at animals in a unique and different way. The poets range from Robert Frost to anonymous, but all the poems deserve a place in this book. By far the best parts of this book are the pictures. So pure and v ...more
Oct 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.

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
Feb 17, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Jun 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Tracy St.
Feb 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
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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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