Friday, April 2, 2010

April is National Poetry Month - A review

In case you don't know this already, April is National Poetry Month here in the U.S. In honor of this celebration of poetry I will be reviewing a poetry title once a week during the month. My first review is below. Enjoy!.



On the farm
David Elliot
Illustrated by Holly Meade
Poetry
Ages 4 to 8
Candlewick Press, 2008, 978-0-7636-3322-6
   Farms are very busy places. Not only is there always work to be done, but there are animals of all kinds, big and small, wild and domesticated, all over the place. Here is the rooster who “struts and crows,” and the cow who makes milk without really having to do anything except eat and gaze into the distance. Here is the dog lying under a tree who is “keeping guard” even though he looks as if he is fast asleep.
   For this book the author has created a delightful collection of poems that are funny, beautifully descriptive, and perfect for reading out loud. The author not only tells us about typical farm animals like cows, pigs, and sheep, but he also describes the snake in the garden, the turtle in the pond, and the bees in the field.

You can find out more about National Poetry Month on the Poets.org website.

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