HOOFBEATS, CLAWS & RIPPLED FINS by Lee Bennett Hopkins

HOOFBEATS, CLAWS & RIPPLED FINS

Creature Poems
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Age Range: 8 - 12

KIRKUS REVIEW

Hopkins, the preeminent and prolific anthologist of children’s poetry, teams up again with Alcorn for their second thematic collection (My America: A Poetry Atlas of the United States, 2000). This time, the collection focuses on 14 different animals, from the common, domestic variety to the more unusual. Several renowned poets are included (Lillian M. Fisher, Karla Kuskin, and Hopkins himself) as well as more contemporary poets (Ralph Fletcher and Janet S. Wong) and well-known authors who also write in other genres (Joseph Bruchac and Tony Johnston). The 14 poems are presented on jazzy, colored backgrounds with creative typographic treatments, including larger type for key words and several concrete poems (a fish poem with waves of words, an iguana’s two-sentence tale curled into the shape of its tail). Alcorn’s sophisticated relief block prints may not appeal to children at first glance, and the rather static cover design is not as dynamic as the art and poems inside. However, teachers will appreciate this fine work for its wide variety of poetic formats and the thought-provoking nature of the poems themselves, and with a helpful introduction by an adult, both art and poetry will find success with kids. (Poetry. 8-12)

Pub Date: March 1st, 2002
ISBN: 0-688-17942-8
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: HarperCollins
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1st, 2002




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