Urban Animals of Washington D.C. - Isabel Hill

Architectural photographer Isabel Hill depicts a menagerie of Urban Animals of Washington DC (Star Bright, $17.99) and composes verses to accompany them. Denizens of the city will delight in finding both new and familiar creatures in the buildings around them, and will be inspired to to take an even closer look to find hidden details. With its bold photographs and text, this book is sure to please both visitors to and residents of the nation’s capital.  Ages 3-6. ENR
Urban Animals of Washington D.C. By Isabel Hill Cover Image
ISBN: 9781595726582
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Published: Star Bright Books - September 1st, 2013

Poems to Learn By Heart

“Our voices are rising,” intones the DreamYard Prep Slam Team, members of which joined with Caroline Kennedy to select Poems to Learn By Heart (Hyperion, $19.99). An anthology both grand and accessible, its poems range from the clipped power of Gwendolyn Brooks’s “We Real Cool” to the lush reverie of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s “Kubla Khan,” from the silly wordplay of Jack Prelutsky to the furious rhythm of Yusef Komunyakaa. Careful attention to juxtaposition results in delightful groupings, and meticulous sectioning ensures treatment of life’s most important themes: family, the self, nature – and, of course, fairies, ogres, and witches. Jon Muth’s versatile paintings shift from surreal to lightly humorous to grave, emphasizing the poems’ tones in turn. The title doesn’t lie: this swath of the poetic landscape deserves to be memorized. All ages. ACD
Forget-Me-Nots: Poems to Learn by Heart By Mary Ann Hoberman, Michael Emberley (Illustrator) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316129473
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 3rd, 2012

Pug: And Other Animal Poems - Valerie Worth, Steve Jenkins

From a fly sipping a spilled drop of milk to the regal “gilded eyes” of a toad, author Valerie Worth and illustrator Steve Jenkins capture the tiny and grand magic of insects and animals, domestic and wild, in Pug and Other Animal Poems (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $16.99). Worth’s simple yet rich language, close observations, and occasional soft rhyme create a tone of awed curiosity that pairs beautifully with Jenkins’s strikingly detailed cut-paper illustrations. When the poet wonders if the Bengal Tiger might break from his cage and “run his lightning/into the world,” the accompanying illustration appears poised to leap from the page. Visually and lyrically compelling, this book will thrill both young language lovers and animal enthusiasts. Ages 4-9. ACD