Animal Poems by Valerie Worth

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“Ms. Worth brilliantly employs all aspects of the poet’s craft.” – The New York Times Book Review
 
Each of the exquisite twenty-three poems in this posthumous collection by Valerie Worth carefully distinguishes one animal from all other creatures and captures it in all of its wonderful singularity – from wasp to snake to wren. The way Worth perfectly illuminates the uniqueness of each animal in her precise and elegant free verse will delight both fans of her celebrated Small Poems and readers encountering her poetry for the first time.
 
Breathtakingly rich cut-paper illustrations by Steve Jenkins provide a perfect counterpoint to Worth’s spare style, and together poetry and picture bring every animal vividly to life. Animal Poems is a 2008 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
 

About Valerie Worth

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VALERIE WORTH (1933-1994) is the author of many books for children, including All the Small Poems and Fourteen More and Peacock and Other Poems, which appeared on Fanfare, The Horn Book's Honor List, and was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year and a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year. STEVE JENKINS has written and illustrated many picture books, including Actual Size and the Caldecott Honor Book What Do You Do with a Tail Like This? He lives in Boulder, Colorado.
 
Published March 20, 2007 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 48 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Worth's shrewd economy and sharp observations characterize 23 poems illustrated with Jenkins's familiar paper collages.

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of Animal Poems

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This book of 23 poems collected posthumously is simply elegant.

Nov 08 2007 | Read Full Review of Animal Poems

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