Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5
What did you like about the book? Familiar creatures in the urban landscape are treated with reverence and humor in this book of poems. Over two dozen flora and fauna each have a short, easy to read poem which describes, explains, and surprises, in affectionate detail. From moss to sunflowers, from harvestmen to peregrine falcons, in all seasons, the subjects of these poems will resonate with young readers because they are familiar, yet Tuttle manages to impart something unexpected with each one. The poems play with form and repetition, mimicking the cyclical nature of nature. They are perfectly complemented by the colorful collage-like digital illustrations in rich gorgeous color and offer much detail to linger over for the youngest readers. Back matter includes delightful nuggets of information about the subject of each poem, as well as additional sources.
To whom would you recommend this book? Offer this to fans of Joyce Sidman’s poems, and to teachers and families interested in exploring the natural world with their children.
Who should buy this book? Elementary school and public libraries
Where would you shelve it ? 811.5
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA
Date of review: January 18, 2018