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Nest, Nook, and Cranny

by Susan Blackaby, Jamie Hogan
     
 

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What's your habitat?

From tongue-in-cheek sonnets to lyrical free verse, this collection of poems explores the many kinds of home animals make for themselves. Readers experience different habitats—desert, grasslands, shoreline, wetland, and woodland—and the animals that call them home.

Jamie Hogan's expressive line art complements this clever

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What's your habitat?

From tongue-in-cheek sonnets to lyrical free verse, this collection of poems explores the many kinds of home animals make for themselves. Readers experience different habitats—desert, grasslands, shoreline, wetland, and woodland—and the animals that call them home.

Jamie Hogan's expressive line art complements this clever anthology. Back matter provides more information on the highlighted habitats, poetic forms, and the writing process.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sheilah Egan
"Otters loll like whiskered boats,/Bobbing gently in the swells." Utilizing similes and many other "figures of speech," Blackaby has created an enchanting tool for teaching as well as for pure enjoyment. Here her poetry covers five different habitats (desert, grassland, shoreline, wetland, and woodland) and the creatures that dwell in each particular area. The table of contents reveals these five divisions and also lists "habitats" and "writing poetry." The last two sections are invaluable. The habitats section succinctly defines the environment, flora, and fauna of each specialized environment; while the "writing poetry" section has references to individual poems which explain the poetic form used or gives explanations of how the poem was researched and developed. Teachers will be pleased to have precise explanations of such terms as homophones, sibilance, alliteration, onomatopoeia, consonance, and rhyme schemes. Blackaby employed a variety of poetic forms to support the various themes she presented, including: couplets, triplets, sonnet, unrhymed couplets, villanelle, than-bauk (a Burmese form), and a variety of rhyme schemes. Her explanations of the forms chosen for the different poems will open new channels of writing prowess for those who create their own poetry and those who aspire to do so. Pastel and charcoal pencil line drawings perfectly match the tone of the poems and give support to the information revealed in them as well. The drawing that goes with the heron poem gives life to the lines: "Herons walk with stilted steps/Stalking, cautious, through the marsh..." Every school and public library needs to own this gem. Reviewer: Sheilah Egan
School Library Journal
Gr 4–8—Blackaby's descriptive untitled poems about mammals, insects, and birds are arranged in sections by habitat—desert, grassland, shoreline, wetland, woodland—in sketchbook format, along with accomplished realistic charcoal pencil drawings on textured paper. Each short section of three to six poems begins with a two-page drawing of the habitat. The clever, informative rhymes include carefully researched details about animal behavior—creatures that carry their homes; what otters and herons eat; the habits of ducks; hiding places for bugs. There is a brief descriptive paragraph on each of the five habitats. A poem-by-poem discussion of how appropriate poetic form and devices were chosen for each piece provides valuable coaching and inspiration for students to try their own hand at creating verse. This is a special book that teachers will find useful and nature lovers will treasure.—Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781580893503
Publisher:
Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.
Publication date:
02/01/2010
Pages:
51
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Susan Blackaby is the author of REMBRANDT'S HAT (Houghton Mifflin), named a Top Ten Picture Book of the Year by the Washington Post, as well as many leveled readers for the educational market. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

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