African Acrostics: A Word in Edgeways

by Avis Harley and Deborah Noyes

Animal lovers, poetry appreciators, and puzzle fiends will all find something to... read more

Animal lovers, poetry appreciators, and puzzle fiends will all find something to love in this collection of poems about birds and animals of the African savanna. Most of Avis Harley’s clever descriptive poems are traditional acrostics, in which the first letter of each line spells out a word relating to the poem’s subject. But some are more devious: There are double acrostics, which feature words spelled from both the beginning and end letters in each line; multiple acrostics—one poem has five embedded vertical words; and other variations on the acrostic form. Accompanying each poem is a full-page photograph of the animal subject. Photographer Deborah Noyes took most of the photos in Namibia, and she includes a note about that experience. Brief additional notes about each of the animals, and a more lengthy explanation of the acrostic form, round out this unusual volume. (Ages 7–10)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2010

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