Twosomes: Love Poems from the Animal Kingdom

Twosomes: Love Poems from the Animal Kingdom

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by Marilyn Singer, Lee Wildish
     
 

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Do animals celebrate Valentine's Day? Nobody knows for sure. But this funny (and punny) little book imagines how some of them declare their love, affection, or friendship any day of the year."Nice to Meetcha! You smell delish!/Wanna share my water dish?" So asks one tail-thumping dog to another. Whereas a courting dolphin sings, "Come, leap with me and be my wife./You… See more details below

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Do animals celebrate Valentine's Day? Nobody knows for sure. But this funny (and punny) little book imagines how some of them declare their love, affection, or friendship any day of the year."Nice to Meetcha! You smell delish!/Wanna share my water dish?" So asks one tail-thumping dog to another. Whereas a courting dolphin sings, "Come, leap with me and be my wife./You're the porpoise of my life." Ranging from dogs and cats and other pets to some you wouldn't want to pet, such as sharks and porcupines, acclaimed poet Marilyn Singer's captivating couplets and Lee Wildish's expressively humorous illustrations provide a Valentine's Day gift for kids who wouldn't be caught dead being lovey-dovey.


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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this greeting card–sized book, animals express their fondness for one another in rhyming couplets. Two bucktoothed horses exchange gazes in side-by-side stables: "Nose to nose, hip to hip,/ ours is a stable relationship." In another, chameleons peer fondly from respective branches ("You and I could be a team,/ if we agree on color scheme"), and a dolphin gushes, "Come leap with me and be my wife./ You're the porpoise of my life." Singer's endearing puns and Wildish's expressively love-struck cartoon animals should tickle young and old valentines alike. Ages 8–12. (Jan.)
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
This hand-size collection of fifteen jolly, pun-y rhymed couplets has a different creature as a subject for each, from bats, dogs, and cats through zebras and elephants to geese and pigeons. In each case, a couple or one of a pair declares affection. At bat wants to "hang around with you." Horses have "a stable relationship." A squirrel declares, "I'm nuts about you!" Earthworms note, "...I dig you and you dig me." Pigeons "spend the day wooing." The paintings that accompany the poems are obviously comically conceived; the characters in minimal settings are almost cartoons. The sharks have toothy smiles; an enthralled squirrel hugs a beribboned acorn, smiling cats nap outdoors together, etc. While fun to read, this might well have been designed for a gift book, particularly for Valentine's Day. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
Gr 1–4—Each of the 15 poems in this sweet little book is just two lines long. A typical example is "Porcupines": "Hugging you takes some practice./So I'll start out with a cactus." The color picture shows a wide-eyed creature with his arms around a tall and thorny cactus. The humor is sometimes quiet, sometimes silly, and often stems from puns. The smooth writing is simple (in a good sense) and accessible. The color cartoon illustrations, while not distinctive, are engaging nevertheless. Larger collections may want to add this title for next year's Valentine's Day display.—Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL
Kirkus Reviews

This is a gift book, a littlePeter Rabbit–sized treat you would give your valentine along with an appropriately diminutive box of sweets. A bijou offering, then, but a well-made one in both its breezy couplets and natty, mildly wacky artwork. The 15 couplets that make up this collection range about, some plainly jokey ("Hugging you takes some practice. / So I'll start out with a cactus," says the porcupine), some touch upon transience ("I'm finding a leaf. You're taking a bite. / Wait a few weeks and our hearts will take flight"). One tackles the urban cool of pigeons: "We'll spend the day wooing, dodging the cars. / We'll spend the night cooing, under the stars." Others play with puns ("You're the porpoise of my life") or brush lightly with love. Wildish's illustrations are chummy and frankly innocent—even the love-zonked squirrel appears to have only been sampling the acorns—and bonbon-sweet without being saccharine. The line work is delicate and exacting, and the colors look as fresh as if they'd just been scraped from the palette.(Picture book/poetry. 6 & up)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375986024
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
12/28/2010
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
24
File size:
3 MB
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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