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Pug and Other Animal Poems

Pug and Other Animal Poems

Spring 2013 Poetry
Ages: 4 - 8 yrs.
Author: Valerie Worth
Illustrator: Steve Jenkins
ISBN: 978-0-374-35024-6
Hardcover Price: $16.99

George Bahlke collected eighteen of the animal poems written by Valerie Worth in her lifetime. This collection of prose poems reveals her love of animals and her insight into their natures. Her words are musical and evocative. The middle verse of three in "Wood Thrush," which compares his song to the words humans have given the calls of the blue jay and cardinal, says:

"But the wood thrush
Sings without words,
Filling the air with
Silver and water..."

The poems are displayed on double-page, solid color backgrounds with the large, beautiful signature collage illustrations of Steve Jenkins, illustrator of a previous collection of Worth's animal poems. His bold bull, for example, has an appropriate red background and dramatically covers three-fourths of the spread. He masterfully captures the essences of Worth's poems from bulls to fireflies.

Kemie Nix   ©2013 Parents' Choice
Kemie Nix is Chairman of Children's Literature for Children (CLC), a non-profit, tax-exempt, educational organization dedicated to bringing children and books together. Mrs. Nix, a senior book editor for Parents' Choice, has a remarkable sense of selecting books children love to read.

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Young Readers

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