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

4.44  ·  Rating details ·  539 ratings  ·  123 reviews
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 window screen/Tick-tick-ticking-athis." Schoolby Kirkus
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published September 11th 2012 by National Geographic Children's Books
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Laura (Book Scrounger)
This was a fun book to read over the course of the school year, and includes some really amazing animal photography!
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 th
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, inspiri
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. T
Lindsay Leighton
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
After reading this book, I can honestly say I think any child would enjoy it! National Geographic did a great job of explaining a wide variety of animals through short and sweet poems that will keep children alert and interested from the first page to the last! Each poem discusses fun facts about the animals, including what kinds of food they like to eat, where they live, and their features which make them so unique. The realistic images in the book also will allow students to observe these crea ...more
Grace Vezina
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
National Geographic’s “Book of Animal Poetry” compiled by J. Patrick Lewis is a book filled with gorgeous and awe-inspiring pictures of various animals from National Geographic mingled with poems from a variety of authors. Using the beautiful pictures to draw them in, this book allows children to explore and learn about all different kinds of animals. It is divided into nine chapters like, Welcome to the World, Big Ones, Little Ones, Noisy ones etc. The collection has a mix of poetry from differ ...more
Sophie Carrier
Sep 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
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This book has fantastic pictures that go very well with the poetry inside. The book is organized into 9 chapters that make it very easy to understand for children as young as preschool. The pictures along with the poetry give children a fantastic visual about many different types of animals. The poetry is a fun way to give facts of wildlife. Not to mention, the book includes two hundred poems. Each chapter covers different types of animals and me
Ellie VanLahr
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
“Sea Turtle” Anonymous, found in National Geographic’s BOOK OF ANIMAL POETRY is about a female sea turtle and her life journey across the ocean. Her life work consists of helping to repopulate the sea with sea turtles to ensure her species lives on long past her time. This mother turtle does not have time to sit with her eggs and wait for them to hatch because she must keep moving throughout the sea laying more eggs so that more turtles will be born. This poem really intrigues the sea lovers and ...more
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
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).
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.
Christopher Strom
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
The National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry: 200 Poems with Photographs That Squeak, Soar, and Roar! is a beautiful poetry picture book. The unique feature of this book is definitely the pictures. Each poem has a picture of the animal discussed arranged and photographed in different and unique ways. The pictures are creative and bring attention to each animal, adding to the poetry which is also written in varying format. I would recommend this book for Kindergarten through 3rd grade.
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
Rachel Grover
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, poetry
Absolutely incredible compilation of poetry about animals. I love that it is arranged by type of animal and there are some pages that have multiple poems about the same animal. There is a great resource in the back to help kids write their own animal poetry, as well as resources for additional poems. Looking forward to ordering this one! Perfect for all K-12 collections.
Santina Galati
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book divides up animals by what category that they fall in, for example, winged animals, water animals, BIG animals, etc. The book contains easy to read poems for youngsters to read to the point where they can go up to the classroom bookshelf and choose the book themselves! Great and fun book to read!
Whitney Pittsenbarger
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
We are using this as part of our homeschool curriculum and am thrilled with it. Neither me or my girls are very interested in poetry. The pictures, cute and short poems and subjects of this book was a great introduction to poetry that held our interest. Plus, we learned a lot about animals along the way.
Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is so nice. It's got a bunch of sections like big animals, little animals, flying ones, water animals, strange animals, noisy animals, and quiet ones. It's got 170 pages with many pages displaying multiple poems. It's quite a wealth of animal poetry. The photographs are all very nice as well.
Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: el-230
The National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry consist of amazing illustrations of real life animals. The pictures are very clear and vivid. This book would grab the attention of any age group. The poems are silly and engaging. I chose this book because I know that it will engage my future students.
Mar 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stunning photographic illustrations. Very simple poems. Most very short. Includes some classic poems by famous poets. Uniquely categorized based on types of animals (big, little, winged, water, noisy, quiet, etc.)
Really nice book of animal poetry. Lots of great pictures and a huge selection of different animals. Pretty cool!
It's a large book, but the poems are short and fun. The photos are amazing, colorful and big. The poems/pictures are in sections of: big, little, winged, water, strange, noisy and quiet
Peggy Archer
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great collection of poems about animals with wonderful photographs to go along.
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book, poetry
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
Brenna Erickson
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Poetry- Beautiful real life photographs that make reading poetry fun! Grades 1-4.
Julia Brickman
Mar 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
Lots of cute animal poems. A fun book for early - mid elementary -
Rosie Gearhart
Dec 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
An absolutely STUNNING book of photos of animals with poems from various authors to go along with them. 3+
Daniel Woolf
Jun 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
I loved the different photos that go along, good for an unit on animals
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.
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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.