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A Crossing of Zebras: Animal Packs in Poetry

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A poetic slant on collective nouns. Everyone has heard the phrase a school of fish. But what about a rumba of rattlesnakes, an army of ants, or a crash of rhinos? Derived from both oral and written traditions, collective nouns go back centuries. These terms not only charm us with their sound, but they provide a bit of insight into animal behavior. Readers can find these an ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by WordSong
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Anna Lee
May 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Once I opened the front page of, A Crossing Of Zebras: Animal Packs in Poetry, I felt like a little kid opening the doors to a candy store. With Maddox's excellent choice of words, reading this book felt like I was actually in reach of all the animals. I heard the rattle of the rattle snake, I saw the stribes of the zebras, and I felt the butterflys land on my fingertips. Also, Huber's illustrations brought the the poems to life. I thought this was an amazing book that can be read by anyone of a ...more
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Mar 31, 2017 rated it it was ok
Some okay poems written on the theme of collective nouns are harmed irrevocably by the illustrations. Though he employs quite a fetching technique, I'm convinced the artist has never drawn animals before. The cats resemble flat-faced terriers, the lions resemble flat-faced Morlocks, and the rhinos . . . um, flat-faced robots, I guess.
The best picture is "A Charm of Butterflies," as no animals were harmed in the illustration.
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