A Fuzzy-Fast Blur: Poems about Pets


Bossy scarecrows, three-headed zebras, and mysterious school lunches, it's all in the world of poetry. Striking photos pair with well-crafted wordplay in these themed introductions to rhyme and rhythm. Poems in various forms celebrate everything from sitting in class to sailing through space.

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Bossy scarecrows, three-headed zebras, and mysterious school lunches, it's all in the world of poetry. Striking photos pair with well-crafted wordplay in these themed introductions to rhyme and rhythm. Poems in various forms celebrate everything from sitting in class to sailing through space.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Susan Treadway M.Ed
Friendly animals of all sizes and shapes adorn the pages of original poetry in this delightful book for beginning readers. Bold photographs magnify basic poems that are enhanced by rich colors, an attractive layout, gentle word play, and clever title placement. Altogether, lively features strengthen appeal to a wide range of readers. Additional sections are included in books of this series to expand instruction and fortify curriculum with adult support. The "Language of Poetry" (explains poetry devices), a glossary, a "Read More" section of related books, a list of Internet sites, and an index of poems are key elements. Children can indeed explore a variety of adorable pets during this read-aloud while engaging in rich vocabulary and by further study about tarantulas, guinea pigs, elephants, snakes and other fascinating pets. This series contains a wide range of topics with dynamic components for language development, integration of subjects and artistic expression. Reviewer: Susan Treadway, M.Ed
School Library Journal

K-Gr 3

The short, simple selections in these collections are of reasonably good quality. Salas's language flows naturally and none of the poems feels awkward or forced. The author is sensitive to rhyme and meter, consonance and alliteration, and uses a variety of poetic forms, which she defines at the end of each book. The poems in Chatter include information about the rain forest and briefly describe unfamiliar terms and interesting facts in sidelines. All of the selections are accompanied by bright, artistic photographs. The images fill the pages but careful placement of the text and use of colored type make the layout clean and attractive. The photographs, which are printed on glossy pages with rich color saturation, come from a variety of sources but are similar in style and quality. The poetry and illustrations in these books are similar in quality to Jane Yolen's Count Me a Rhyme (Boyd Mills, 2006). Yolen's book, however, does not offer the added factual information about poetry and nature.-Donna Cardon, Provo City Library, UT

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429617048
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2008
  • Series: Poetry Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.40 (w) x 10.40 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Laura Purdie Salas is the author of more than 100 books for kids and teens. Her work has received the Minnesota Book Award and other honors, including Bank Street Best Books of the Year, and NCTE Notables. She and her husband live in Minnesota and have two monsters of their own, Maddie and Annabelle. When Laura's not reading or writing, she likes to dance, play games, and work with the Minnesota Brass drum corps (which involves a lot of Counting, following Patterns, and creating Shapes on the field). She tries to eat More vegetables and Less brownies, but that is hard! Learn more about Laura at laursalas.com.
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