Animal, Vegetable, Mineral Poems About Small Things

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A collection of poems about some things that usually go unnoticed, but are worth looking for, by such authors as Arnold Adoff, Karla Kuskin, John Ciardi, and Charlotte Zolotow.

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Gr. 3-7. Sensuous, delicate, playful, these 50 poems reveal a universe in tiny particulars, in what D. H. Lawrence calls here the "quick little splinters of life." The book title is from the popular "Twenty Questions" guessing game, and it makes a fine three-part division of an anthology unified in theme and tone. The animals are mainly bugs and worms. The vegetables are flowers, seeds, leaves, grass. The minerals are dust specks, pebbles, the intricate parts of a watch. Some of the poems are in translation, including a few from the Navajo and Acoma Indians; some are by classical poets, including Shakespeare, Langston Hughes, and William Carlos Williams; most are by contemporary children's writers, who are represented here at their joyful best. The witty wordplay, the sound and jump of the lines, emphasize the physicalness of the things observed, the tuft of purple thorns on "thirty thirsty thistles." These small things are tough, even those that appear most frail: a spike of grass, a glowworm's

gleam. If you look closely, as these poets do, you can discover the world in the "flap and rustle" of a dragonfly's wing. This is an anthology for personal browsing and for reading aloud, especially for teachers who want a rich literature-science connection. Hazel Rochman

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Grade 4-8-A striking invitation to examine small things. The 50 poems challenge readers to take a second look at their everyday surroundings and to find the details that add so much interest to them. Each of three sections looks at the usual and the unique-bugs, beetles, seahorses, thistles, radishes, viruses, marble earrings, pennies, and toys. Many well-known poets are represented, including Valerie Worth, Langston Hughes, David McCord, Karla Kuskin, and Lillian Morrison. A strength of the book is the inclusion of many selections from the Pima, Acoma, Chippewa, and Navaho nations, as well as translations of the works of Brazilian, Japanese, and Spanish poets. A well-balanced collection that will often catch readers off guard with its next little insight.
Ronald Jobe, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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