Whiskers and Paws

Whiskers and Paws

by Fiona Waters, Vanessa Julian-Ottie
     
 

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This collection of whimsical poems features child-friendly verse about creatures of all shapes and sizes. Children will love the imaginative poems about ice-skating polars bears and fiddle-playing cats. The gentle, humorous illustrations by Vanessa Julian-Ottie invite readers into a charming and imaginative world. The short, simple verse with an irresistible rhyme…  See more details below

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This collection of whimsical poems features child-friendly verse about creatures of all shapes and sizes. Children will love the imaginative poems about ice-skating polars bears and fiddle-playing cats. The gentle, humorous illustrations by Vanessa Julian-Ottie invite readers into a charming and imaginative world. The short, simple verse with an irresistible rhyme engages young children just beginning to read while it encourages a love of poetry for readers of all ages.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
As poetry anthologies for children proliferate, customers are of necessity becoming more selective; this slight entry into the burgeoning field faces keen competition. Eleven brief--none longer than nine lines--animal verses comprise this collection; some are of anonymous authorship, and some have been anthologized previously. They are all composed with deceptive simplicity and possess a quiet charm that will no doubt grow on young listeners. For those who had been curious, for example, ``The secret of the polar bear / Is that he wears long underwear.'' Elsewhere, a bemused earthworm watches as Beatrix Potter's Diggory Delvet ``digs and he delves-- / You can see for yourselves.'' Julian-Ottie's bucolic watercolors have a comforting, old-fashioned warmth that nearly overshadows the rhymes. Ages 2-6. (May)
Children's Literature
Ms Waters has chosen ten brief verses as a way to introduce girls and boys to poetry. The poems range from the modern to traditional selections from Mother Goose. Animals, always a popular topic with children, are the focus of each poem. All are charmingly portrayed with soft, gentle illustrations. While some animals are realistically presented, humor and fun surface with polar bears on ice skates and a mole busily shoveling holes in a lawn. Children will enjoy hearing the simple rhymes read aloud or reading them on their own. In either case, they are sure to ask for more. This is an ideal book to lead into the classic Mother Goose or the newer poetry of Jack Prelutsky and Shel Silverstein. Elementary teachers should find this book extremely useful as an excellent introduction to a poetry unit. 2003 (orig. 1990), McGraw-Hill Children's Publishing, Ages 3 to 10.
—Sylvia Firth

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780769631882
Publisher:
School Specialty Publishing
Publication date:
10/01/2003
Pages:
24
Product dimensions:
10.20(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range:
3 - 8 Years

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