Vulture Verses by Diane Lang
Love Poems for the Unloved

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A guided tour of the animals that do so many good things for us, yet don’t get enough love. Through lively, witty rhymes and warm, friendly illustrations, Vulture Verses helps children appreciate and befriend even the scariest critters. That’s right, even the vampire bat! When it comes to animals, the fluffy, the handsome, and the strong get all the attention. But children have every reason to love the critters that scuttle, slither, buzz, and sting.

About Diane Lang

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Diane Lang is a volunteer wildlife educator who leads programs at two wildlife centers in Northern California and one in Southern California. Previously she ran classroom programs for a library, was on the publications staff at Caltech, and wrote newsletters and raised puppies for Guide Dogs of America. She lives in Alamo, California, with her husband, two rats, a parakeet, and a tarantula. She claims, as well, the hummingbirds that visit the bird feeder and the squirrels that scamper through the trees. Learn more about Diane at Lauren Gallegos earned a BFA in Illustration from Cal State Fullerton in 2009 and has been a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) since 2008. In the few short years since art school she has already illustrated several children's books and has plans for many more. She lives with her husband in Brea, California. See more of her work at
Published September 11, 2013 by Prospect Park Books. 47 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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There are arguable claims that moles and opossums do no damage to gardens and that flies and cockroaches should be considered helpful recyclers of dead matter, as well as the befuddling, apparently rhyme-driven assertion that moths (not as caterpillars but in their flying, adult stage) are pests ...

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Preschoolers and early elementary-aged children will adore the colorful pictures and the rhythm of the poems, but they may feel shortchanged when it comes to the facts about the creatures, as only one or two sentences describing a critter’s role appear on each page.

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