Animal Poetry

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"So many stories

locked inside the amber eye

of one elephant."

"So many stories

locked inside the amber eye

of one elephant."

                                                                                                                                      –  Tracie Vaughn Zimmer

"Animal Poetry",  compiled by J. Patrick Lewis, is a collection of poetry and photographs on the subject of animals. Lewis has arranged more than 50 children's poetry books, and in this one, he finished it with a poem of his own and some tips for writing poetry about animals. Each page has at least one poem and one breathtaking full-color image that is somehow related to the poem(s) on that particular page. The animals featured by the poems vary greatly, from zebras to domestic dogs, frilled lizards to squirrels. 

 

I enjoyed reading the poems in this book, partially because I am an avid animal lover. The photography was also beautiful. I was awestricken to know that a moment like that had been captured forever. One picture shows a soaring grasshopper, to me, a sign that the natural world is so much more free than any human civilization, even this country, where we call ourselves "entirely free". 

 

The book contains approximately 160 pages worth of poetry. and it would not be suitable for reading all at once. There are some words that might be difficult for little ones to comprehend, so I would only recommend this for kids over the age of 7. Otherwise, it shows the true grace of the beings we share our planet with.

 

"Make the Earth your companion. Walk lightly on it, as other creatures do." 

               – J. Patrick Lewis