by Valerie Worth
Pictures by Steve Jenkins
Synopsis from Goodreads: “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.
What I think: A beautiful collection of poetry. Worth has the ability to make her words sound and feel like real animals. I also adore her book "all the small poems and fourteen more", one of my all-time favorite books!