Dear Wandering Wildebeest And Other Poems From The Waterhole

Dear Wandering Wildebeest And Other Poems From The Waterhole

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Welcome wildebeest / and beetle, / Oxpecker and lion. / This water hole is yours. / It offers you oasis / beside its shrinking shores.

Spend a day at a water hole on the African grasslands. From dawn to nightfall, animals come and go. Giraffes gulp, wildebeest graze, impalas leap, vultures squabble, and elephants wallow. Fact sidebars support the poems about the animals and their environment. Imaginative illustrations from Anna Wadham complete this delightful collection.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 32 pages
  • 108 x 178 x 5.08mm | 408.23g
  • Minneapolis, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, color
  • 1467712329
  • 9781467712323
  • 1,180,065

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Fifteen poems capture the denizens of the African water hole, from impalas and elephants to oxpecker birds and dung beetles. Entries vary between rhymed and unrhymed, but all are compact, rhythmic, and short-lined, with frequent tasty soundplay ('white tackles/ in a rugby tangle') that will enhance readaloud pleasure. Spreads follow the format best known in Joyce Sidman's work, counterpointing the poem with a prose paragraph adding factual information about the featured topic. The mixed-media art creates an immersive milieu in the full-bleed spreads; the folkloric naïveté of the animal portraits and touches of pattern and background details have a fanciful air that's not always congruent with the natural history emphasis of the text but is nonetheless visually pleasing. The book would pair effectively with the African entries in the Face to Face with Animals photoessay series (Joubert's Face to Face with Elephants, BCCB 1/09, etc.) or make a lively script for a performance. End matter includes a brief bibliography for further reading on water hole animals and a list of websites. --The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

-- "Journal"
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