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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 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 elephant in a short, witty stanza accompanied by an adorable picture of the creature sitting on a small wood stool. Among the other poems are Marianne Moore’s “A Jellyfish” and Edward Lear’s charming, songlike “The Owl and the Pussycat.” A Selection of Scholastic Book Clubs. John Hollander has written A Crackling of Thorns (chosen by W. H. Auden for the Yale Series of Younger Poets), as well as literary criticism and children’s books. He has served as editor for many poetry collections, among them An Anthology of Poems for Young People (with Harold Bloom). He is currently the Sterling Professor of English at Yale. Simona Mulazanni is a successful and much loved children’s book artist in Italy.


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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 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 elephant in a short, witty stanza accompanied by an adorable picture of the creature sitting on a small wood stool. Among the other poems are Marianne Moore’s “A Jellyfish” and Edward Lear’s charming, songlike “The Owl and the Pussycat.” A Selection of Scholastic Book Clubs. John Hollander has written A Crackling of Thorns (chosen by W. H. Auden for the Yale Series of Younger Poets), as well as literary criticism and children’s books. He has served as editor for many poetry collections, among them An Anthology of Poems for Young People (with Harold Bloom). He is currently the Sterling Professor of English at Yale. Simona Mulazanni is a successful and much loved children’s book artist in Italy.

30 review for Poetry for Young People: Animal Poems

  1. 5 out of 5

    Deborah

    The collection of four centuries of animal poems for children is populated with paintings, information on each poet, and vocabulary words. Animals have been portrayed from the earliest times in cave drawings, classics, and the bible. A celebration in haiku, rhyme, or verse captures the creatures in a moment. I was delighted to learn that Clock-a-Clay by John Clare (1793 - 1864) is a ladybird or ladybug. The Sloth by Theodore Roethke (1908 - 1963): “In moving slow, he has no Peer. You ask him someth The collection of four centuries of animal poems for children is populated with paintings, information on each poet, and vocabulary words. Animals have been portrayed from the earliest times in cave drawings, classics, and the bible. A celebration in haiku, rhyme, or verse captures the creatures in a moment. I was delighted to learn that Clock-a-Clay by John Clare (1793 - 1864) is a ladybird or ladybug. The Sloth by Theodore Roethke (1908 - 1963): “In moving slow, he has no Peer. You ask him something in his Ear, He thinks about it for a Year; And then before he says a Word There, upside down (unlike a Bird), He will assume that you have Heard – A most Ex-as-per-at-ing Lug. But should you call his manner Smug, He’ll sign and give his Branch a Hug; Then off again to Sleep he goes, Still swaying gently by his Toes, And you just know he knows he knows.” My other favorites were The Eagle by Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809 - 1892) and The Crow and the Fox by Jean de la Fontaine (1621 - 1695). There were selections from authors that I did not realized wrote poetry. I felt it would have benefitted the book to have poets from this century. Only Vicki Hearne made it by dying in 2001.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Margaret

    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 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 sometimes they detract since the text is difficult to read. Best for grades 3-6

  3. 4 out of 5

    Brooke

    Grades: 3-5,6-8 Genre: poetry Im sure this book entertains a lot of little readers, because not only is it entertaining poems, but there are poems about awesome animals. This poem book has great pictures of animals from all over the world. Cute book. rate 5-5

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tandava Graham

    I don't much like the illustrations here (and some of them actually make the poems harder to read), but it's a good collection of poems by a lot of very good poets. I don't much like the illustrations here (and some of them actually make the poems harder to read), but it's a good collection of poems by a lot of very good poets.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Denise Ballentine

    Yes, this is a children's book, but one I definitely appreciate as an adult. Delightful. Yes, this is a children's book, but one I definitely appreciate as an adult. Delightful.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Beck

    This poetry book is appropriate for grades 3-5. The illustrations/paintings are enchanting. Whether they are house pets or animals they see in a zoo or read about in the wild, kids are attracted to books about animals. In my opinion we don't spend enough time discussing poetry in the classroom. This book would be a great addition to a classroom library to both encourage the love of poems and meet the interest of your animal lovers. This poetry book is appropriate for grades 3-5. The illustrations/paintings are enchanting. Whether they are house pets or animals they see in a zoo or read about in the wild, kids are attracted to books about animals. In my opinion we don't spend enough time discussing poetry in the classroom. This book would be a great addition to a classroom library to both encourage the love of poems and meet the interest of your animal lovers.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Audrey's Picture Books

    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. 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. Rather than complementing one another, the words and pictures are constantly getting in one another's way. In most places, the poem is printed directly over a painting, so that the words block part of the picture, and the contours of the picture make it hard to read some of the words. This effect is exacerbated by the fact that every poem has its own introduction, which is often as long as or longer than the poem itself. The combination of these factors makes for a page that is so busy that you're intimidated by the prospect of trying to read it. From my point of view, that defeats the whole purpose of publishing an illustrated poetry volume in the first place. Surely the point of doing so is to create a book that makes poetry look accessible and appealing, one that uses art to invite you into the world of poetry. This one made it feel like it would be less work to read the poems on a plain, white page.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    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 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 students of 3-5 graders may not know. This allows the student to access the information on a word they may not know immediately but providing this section within the page. This book could be used to integrate writing with science. Maybe for a animal unit.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kayla Krecklow

    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 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 them. The illustrations were very well done, looked like they were painted, and used very bright colors to attract children's attention as well. I like the concept and the idea behind Poetry for Young People, however I was just not a fan of the poetry.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Stacy Countee

    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 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 younger students by giving definitions for some words.

  11. 4 out of 5

    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.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    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

  13. 4 out of 5

    Carlos Romero

    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.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Mac

    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. 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.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Beth Pearson

    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. 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.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Johnathan

    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.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    It was awsome!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Theresa

    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

  19. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Martin

    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

  20. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

  21. 4 out of 5

    Nathan Kunishige

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sadie

  23. 4 out of 5

    Monica

  24. 4 out of 5

    Damore

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jose

  26. 4 out of 5

    Alyssa

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Burkes

  28. 4 out of 5

    Morgan

  29. 5 out of 5

    Charity Rau

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lierin Patterson

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