for The Beauty of the Beast by Jack Prelutsky and Meilo So
Arranged in sections titled "In Trillions We Thrive" (insects), "Jubilant, We Swim" (sea creatures), "Dragons in Miniature" (reptiles and amphibians), "Hollow-Boned Singers" (birds), and "Wrapped in Coats of Fur" (mammals), more than 200 poems selected by Jack Prelutsky sing the praises of the non-human inhabitants of our planet. Over 100 poets who view the natural world with keen eyes and genuine appreciation, and who express their observations and feelings in lyrical, exacting language, are featured in this collection. The lovely watercolor illustrations of Meilo So contributes to the beauty and appeal of the large, expressive volume. Her full-color art is lyrical in its own right, with brush strokes that capture essence and detail of the natural world. (Ages 3-11)
CCBC Choices 1997. © Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 1997. Used with permission.
First published in 1997 and unavailable for three years, this ALA Notable Book of 200 poems for animal lovers is now being reissued with a price lowered from $22.95 to $19.95. Culled by Jack Prelutsky from the works of more than 100 highly acclaimed poets of the twentieth century, here is a poetic parade of the animal kingdom that ranges from the lowly earthworm to the majestic whale and just about every creature in between. Some of the poems are playful and funny; others are insightful and thoughtful--but all are brief and fun to read aloud. Whether by Ogden Nash or Seamus Heaney, William Carlos Williams or Marianne Moore, the striking images of each poem are captured in the deft brushstrokes, sure sense of color, and lyrical compositions of Meilo So, a brilliant young watercolorist. The Beauty of the Beast is a big, joyous book offering lasting value. Altogether, it is a beautiful gift for the whole family to treasure, grow with, and cherish. Complete with author and title indexes.
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