Neighbors by George Held
The Yard Critters, Book 1

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A picture book for children, published December 10, 2011. These neighbors are animals and they don't give a fig about fences. You see them in your yard or on city streets. From some you run, but they lived here before you...and are your NEIGHBORS. Includes such animals as the Bear, the Raccoon, the Robin. "...Charming critters in collage and poetry for people of all ages." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

About George Held

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GEORGE HELD, poet and writer, is a seven-time Pushcart Prize nominee. He has published seventeen poetry collections, including a trilogy of chapbooks on nature themes, and has served on the board of the South Fork Natural History Museum in Bridgehampton, New York, since 1991. His work appears in such publications as The Philadelphia Inquirer, Notre Dame Review, Confrontation, and The Writer's Almanac (Garrison Keillor). Educated at Brown (B.A.), University of Hawai'i (M.A.), and Rutgers (Ph.D), he was a Fulbright lecturer for three years and is a former professor at Queens College, City University of New York. He lives in New York and Sag Harbor.JOUNG UN KIM, illustrator and designer, is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design. She has illustrated many picture books for children, including The Grasshopper Hopped [Golden Books/Random House] and Hen Hears Gossip [Greenwillow/Harper Collins]. She lives in Southern California.
Published December 10, 2011 by Filsinger & Co Ltd. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Although he has shortened lines from his adult verse, Held refuses to be held to simple rhymes for kiddies, providing readers and listeners with an assortment of sounds and sound patterns, including eye rhyme, alliteration and homophones.

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Of the coyote, Held writes, “this brute’s cute/ but a trickster—/ shout, don’t be mute,/ if he threatens your sister,” while another poem compares a tick to “Typhoid Mary,/ infecting you with lyme/ disease, so be wary/ during play time.” Others achieve a sophisticated air: “The sp...

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