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ANIMAL POEMS OF THE IGUAZÚ / ANIMALARIO DEL IGUAZÚ by Francisco X. Alarcón Kirkus Star

ANIMAL POEMS OF THE IGUAZÚ / ANIMALARIO DEL IGUAZÚ

By Francisco X. Alarcón (Author) , Maya Christina Gonzalez (Illustrator)

Age Range: 9 - 12

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-89239-225-4
Publisher: Children's Book Press

This eye-catching combination of brilliant illustrations and eloquently crafted bilingual poems celebrates the animal life and natural beauty of the rainforest. Alarcón reflects his love for the biological diversity of Argentina’s Iguazú Waterfalls National Park in graceful free-verse poems expressed in the voices of birds, lizards, jaguar, monkeys, river turtles, giant ants and even the “pesty mosquitos.” The simple words—often playfully integrated into the illustrations as shaped poems—stress the natural balance of the Iguazú and remind readers that “for all of us / wild animals and / plants of the rainforest / there are no limits / only one Earth / without borders.” The multimedia illustrations feature lush, glowing paints that depict the animals (including humans) set against a backdrop of cut-paper strips that comprise the rainforest’s verdant growth. A concluding verse, “Same Green Fate,” explicitly states the overall theme: “protect all of us / for the Earth’s fate / for your own sake / let’s make the world / a true Ybirá Retá— / a Land of the Trees.” Stunning. (Picture book/poetry. 9-12)