Poems for the Green Age
Age Range: 10 & up
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 An uneven British collection of 50 poems on environmental concerns--destruction of wildlife, pollution, acid rain, chemical additives, deforestation, etc.--with both serious and humorous verses (the tone is variously celebratory, cautionary, satirical, or bitter) and different forms (limericks, cumulative verses). Overall, the poetry is heavy-handed and didactic, with little original imagery, but some of the more serious entries use personification and contrast effectively: ``Dolphin Mother'' describes young dolphins drowning in tuna nets; ``Eating Disorders'' alternates the voices of an anorexic's mother and a Third World mother with starving children; ``Beauty Free'' compares a cosmetically perfect woman with a ravaged lab animal. The lighter poems can be clever, in a Silverstein or Prelutsky kind of way. The collection may have classroom uses, once the British expressions are sorted out--``E''s for a class of food additives, ``full- stop,'' (period), ``liquidiser'' (blender), etc. A few small b&w photos and cartoons are credited; no sources cited for the other illustrations, most of which appear to be clip art. (Poetry. 10+)

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 1993
ISBN: 0-688-11853-4
Page count: 64pp
Publisher: Greenwillow
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1st, 1993