Vulture Verses: Love Poems for the Unloved

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When it comes to animals, the fluffy, the handsome, and the strong get all the attention. But children have every reason to love the critters that scuttle, slither, buzz, and sting. Naturalist and author Diane Lang and artist Lauren Gallegos take children on a guided tour of the animals that do so many good things for us, yet don't get enough love.

Through lively, witty rhymes and warm, friendly illustrations, Vulture Verses helps children appreciate and befriend even the ...

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Overview

When it comes to animals, the fluffy, the handsome, and the strong get all the attention. But children have every reason to love the critters that scuttle, slither, buzz, and sting. Naturalist and author Diane Lang and artist Lauren Gallegos take children on a guided tour of the animals that do so many good things for us, yet don't get enough love.

Through lively, witty rhymes and warm, friendly illustrations, Vulture Verses helps children appreciate and befriend even the scariest critters. That's right, even the vampire bat!

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The sincerity in these versified valentines to 13 often-reviled animals may ring true, but the natural history doesn't always pass muster. Following a strong opener--"Turkey vulture, please be mine, / Not because you soar so fine, / But 'cause you rock on clean-up crew; / No rot is left when you are through"--the quality of the informational content takes a sharp nose dive. There are arguable claims that moles and opossums do no damage to gardens and that flies and cockroaches should be considered helpful recyclers of dead matter, as well as the befuddling, apparently rhyme-driven assertion that moths (not as caterpillars but in their flying, adult stage) are pests that "dine on fields of grain." Dubbing these and other subjects from skunks and vampire bats to mosquitoes and snakes "secret friends," Lang closes with an invitation to readers to compose similar love notes to "someone who is misunderstood." In oval or unbordered natural settings, Gallegos renders each creature with reasonable accuracy, though sometimes with a smile or oversized eyes for extra visual appeal. Well meant, but not very well researched. (Picture book/poetry. 7-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780983459453
  • Publisher: Prospect Park Books
  • Publication date: 7/15/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 946,945
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Diane Lang is a volunteer wildlife educator who leads programs at two wildlife centers in Northern California and one in Southern California. Previously she ran classroom programs for a library, was on the publications staff at Caltech, and wrote newsletters and raised puppies for Guide Dogs of America. She lives in Alamo, California, with her husband, two rats, a parakeet, and a tarantula. She claims, as well, the hummingbirds that visit the bird feeder and the squirrels that scamper through the trees. Learn more about Diane at dianelang.net.

Lauren Gallegos earned a BFA in Illustration from Cal State Fullerton in 2009 and has been a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) since 2008. In the few short years since art school she has already illustrated several children's books and has plans for many more. She lives with her husband in Brea, California. See more of her work at laurengallegos.com.

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They scuttle, slither, buzz, and crawl;
They get no praise or love at all,
But is there someone who will send
A note that says, "You have a friend”?
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