The Oxford Book of Animal Poems

The Oxford Book of Animal Poems

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This is an anthology which circles the natural world. From penguins of the Antarctic to an Arctic fox - via kangaroos, tigers, elephants, horses and eagles - these poems and pictures celebrate the world's creatures and their environment. The book presents a comprehensive collection of poems from around the world, many of which are written by local people about the animals living in their own countries. Now reprinted with a new more

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  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 190 x 252 x 14mm | 539.77g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • colour & b&w illustrations
  • 0192762133
  • 9780192762139

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An extensive collection, geographically arranged (as subtly revealed in a table of contents where groups are accompanied by unlabeled maps - Australia and environs; Asia; Africa; Europe; the Americas; an image representing the sea). The poems are mostly contemporary, of good literary quality, and include a few translations, especially in the African group. Many are telling descriptions that, while not written especially for children, will appeal to the middle grades; others use animals to develop themes best understood by those with more experience. Information about authors is confined to the acknowledgments; readers are left to speculate about national origins on the basis of scant clues - e.g., that Zimbabwe's Mambo Press first published Broughton Gingell's "Scorpions Fighting" with its powerful image of dark creatures "in dancing lethal pageantry." Still, a richly rewarding anthology with splendid range - narrative or lyrical, comic or thoughtful, hard-hitting or sentimental, from both traditional and established sources. The attractive format looks a little young for the most appropriate readers; the varied illustrations, by a dozen artists, are attributed at the end. Fully indexed, including an index of animals. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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