Using a variety of poetic forms and devices, Harley follows monarch butterflies through a cycle of development and migration. Sandwiched between an introduction and a closing section of comments on each poem, the 18 entries range from a ruminative sonnet on having taste receptors on one’s feet (“If we would let our toes seek what we eat, / what smorgasbord would greet our eager feet?”) to a haiku observation that “there are no borders / for the migrating monarchs. / It is all one land.” Along with various rhyme schemes, Harley constructs several verses in which the first letters in each line spell out either the alphabet or the title: “Caterpillar” begins, “Comma-size / And worldly wise, / The tiny caterpillar arrives / Eager to feed. . . . ” The painted illustrations are attractive—it’s hard to portray monarchs otherwise—and accurate. Young poets and naturalists should both be drawn to this. (Poetry. 7-10)

Pub Date: March 1, 2008

ISBN: 978-1-59078-558-4

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Wordsong/Boyds Mills

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15, 2008

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This is rather a silly story, and I don't believe children will think it particularly funny. A paper hanger and painter finds time on his hands in winter, and spends it in reading of arctic exploration. It is all given reality when he receives a present of a penguin, which makes its nest in the refrigerator on cubes of ice, mates with a lonely penguin from the zoo, and produces a family of penguins which help set the Poppers on their feet.

Pub Date: Sept. 26, 1938

ISBN: 978-0-316-05843-8

Page Count: 139

Publisher: Little, Brown

Review Posted Online: Jan. 15, 2014

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1938

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A dozen familiar dinosaurs introduce themselves in verse in this uninspired, if colorful, new animal gallery from the authors of Commotion in the Ocean (2000). Smiling, usually toothily, and sporting an array of diamonds, lightning bolts, spikes and tiger stripes, the garishly colored dinosaurs make an eye-catching show, but their comments seldom measure up to their appearance: “I’m a swimming reptile, / I dive down in the sea. / And when I spot a yummy squid, / I eat it up with glee!” (“Ichthyosaurus”) Next to the likes of Kevin Crotty’s Dinosongs (2000), illustrated by Kurt Vargo, or Jack Prelutsky’s classic Tyrannosaurus Was A Beast (1988), illustrated by Arnold Lobel, there’s not much here to roar about. (Picture book/poetry. 7-9)

Pub Date: March 1, 2005

ISBN: 1-58925-044-3

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Tiger Tales

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 2005

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