105 Ways to Give a Book

Poetry Friday: National Geographic's Book of Animal Poetry

These past few weeks I've been working on two separate and important lists of books. Well, three if you count my 150 Ways to Give a Book. The first you know about as a blogger, the Cybils, where the picture book panelists will bring over two hundred nominations down to a shortlist of seven. Crazy. The other is for my actual job, where I am working on a selection of titles to promote during our summer reading program. These committees add a lot to my full plate, but I can't object when they introduce me to books like today's selection.

National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry: 200 Poems with Photographs That Squeak, Soar, and Roar!
Complied by J. Patrick Lewis

National Geographic, 2012, review from library copy

National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry: 200 Poems with Photographs That Squeak, Soar, and Roar! Honestly, I could probably just make the cover photo larger and point you to Amazon's Look Inside feature and sell you on this book. The poems about animals vary in style from the quick silly musings of a purple cow to deeper contemplations about the loss of the buffalo. Every poet you would expect is in there. Yes, even her. But it's the photography - it's National Geographic, remember - that will bring in the readers and make this book a favorite. Absolutely stunning. In my time crunch, I had to share this title now as a perfect present for any child in your life, maybe with a promised trip to the zoo. (One way to give a book.) Or give it to a teacher as a gift that will be enjoyed personally and for the classroom. If I haven't sold you on this book, seriously, visit the Look Inside feature at Amazon and I dare you not to buy a copy on the spot.

With poetry books, I include a poem as an idea of the style. Here you don't really need a sample, but it's a tradition and it is Poetry Friday.
The Pasture

I'm going out to clean the pasture spring;
I'll only stop to rake the leaves away
(And wait to watch the water clear, I may):
I shan't be gone long. -- You come too.

I'm going out to fetch the little calf
That's standing by the mother. It's so young,
It totters when she licks it with her tongue.
I shan't be gone long. -- You come too.

-Robert Frost
Poetry Friday is hosted today at Read, Write, Howl. Head over there for more poetic thoughts.

Thanks to all for your compliments, support, and promotion of my 150 Ways to Give a Book! It's a lot of work, but one of my favorite things to pull together. I hope it helps you find ideas and maybe makes your shopping a little easier.

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Marjorie said...

I love all your give-a-book-alongside-something-else ideas. And I have had my eye on this book dsince I first heard of it... not sure I'll be able to hold out much longer!

Ruth said...

This one's already on my wish list, but maybe I'll have to click over and buy it!

Robyn Hood Black said...

I finally clicked and ordered this book! Liz Steinglass has been teasing us with posts of praise, and I figured it was about time I got it for myself. Thanks for sharing!

Alex said...

I love and look forward to your 150 Ways to Give a Book - it really is so helpful. Thank you for doing it.
Isn't National Geographic's Book of Animal Poetry wonderful? We were reading it in our book committee at school and just blown away by the photos and the poems. A great way to get kids into poetry and you are right, a perfect gift for student, but especially for a teacher.

Mary Lee said...

Every classroom...every HOUSEHOLD should have this book!

laurasalas said...

Love this book--it's glorious!