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Animal Friends: A Collection of Poems for Children
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Animal Friends: A Collection of Poems for Children

by Michael Hague
 

A new poetry collection illustrated by the incomparable Michael Hague

Do you know what a spider wishes for?

No rain. Many flies. Gentle feet that take no notice of one so small.

That's all.

How about a sheep? In this ode to animals big and small, furry and slimy, airborne, aquatic, and land loving, a variety of poems celebrate the lives of

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A new poetry collection illustrated by the incomparable Michael Hague

Do you know what a spider wishes for?

No rain. Many flies. Gentle feet that take no notice of one so small.

That's all.

How about a sheep? In this ode to animals big and small, furry and slimy, airborne, aquatic, and land loving, a variety of poems celebrate the lives of animals. Beautifully illustrated with lavish paintings by Michael Hague, this playful collection is a perfect read for animal lovers of all ages.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sheilah Egan
This lovingly illustrated collection of poems about animals and nature is a treat for those who already admire Hague's talents, and a delight for those just becoming acquainted with this award-winning illustrator. The poems range from very short "I am just a woolly sheep. Please help me count myself to sleep." by Laura Godwin, to the longer Robert Louis Stevenson poem "The Cow." Poetry from a variety of writers is represented here as a vehicle for Hague's beautiful paintings: Eileen Spinelli, Adriane Frye, Aileen Fisher, Christina Rossetti, Mother Goose, Annette Wynne, Jane Taylor, Cecil Frances Alexander, and Annette Wynne. The gentle animal rhymes are perfect to share before bedtime and promote stewardship of the earth's creatures. Many of the poems depict a young child (lots of different faces represented) reassuring an animal that it will not be harmed. From "Come Hither, Sweet Robin," the lines "�be not afraid, I would not hurt even a feather;" and the lines from "People Buy a Lot of Things," "�I'd open wide the cage, and set the singer free," reinforce the message that humans must be caring of earth's wild creatures. Spiders, cows, elephants, cats, dogs, field mice, and frogs are all accorded respect and are beheld with a sense of wonder. The messages in the poems are not heavy handed and may be read as just a part of the lyrical language, but the underlying point will "seep" into little listeners. This title will be an appropriate addition to any Earth Day celebration or reading that promotes for children the wonders of observing nature—or just for enjoying lovely language and beautiful pictures.
School Library Journal

K-Gr 3
Twenty short selections by poets both classical (Christina Rossetti, Robert Louis Stevenson, Mother Goose) and contemporary (Eileen Spinelli, Aileen Fisher, Laura Godwin) stress respect for animals and the wonders of nature. The digitally enhanced art in watercolor, pencil, and ink ranges from small vignettes within circles and half-page scenes to spreads, all done in the soft colors of the natural world. The pictures show a child in timeless, classic dress observing the wild creature or pet featured in the accompanying poem (spider, caterpillar, bird, field mouse, whale, dog). Precious details give many of the illustrations a fairy-tale quality. A sweet, enjoyable read-aloud.
—Susan SchepsCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
Hague's typically charming illustrations of a vaguely old-fashioned, pastoral world decorate 20 brief poems. Some of these are excerpts of longer works. Poets featured range from the clearly contemporary (Eileen Spinelli) to big names from the past (Robert Louis Stevenson and Christina Rossetti). Even Mother Goose appears. The poems' appeal varies considerably. Spinelli's verses, as well as the poems by Aileen Fisher, are expressive and engaging. Some of the other poems, however, seem unlikely to capture the interest of contemporary listeners. As is usual in Hague's illustrations, this time created in pencil, ink and watercolor and digitally enhanced, there is a certain static quality. In most of the pictures, a child shares the space with an animal, large or small. Most often the child is sitting quietly and observing the animal rather than interacting with it. While there will certainly be an audience for this collection, it seems most likely to appeal to fans of the illustrator rather than those looking for good poems for young listeners. (Poetry. 3-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805038170
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date:
04/28/2007
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.72(w) x 11.31(h) x 0.32(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Michael Hague has illustrated some of the best-loved works of children's literature, including The Velveteen Rabbit, The Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan, and The Teddy Bears' Picnic.

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