Poetry Friday is hosted today by The Miss Rumphius Effect.
My selection is "Animal Poems" by Valerie Worth with pictures by Steve Jenkins.
This collection of twenty-three poems about a variety of animals was published following Worth's death in 1994 and is a fitting tribute to her remarkable talent for using ordinary words to create an extraordinary experience. Worth's perceptive free verse observations invite her readers to see the familiar -- from snails to whales -- with new eyes. At first glance, the book appears to target a young audience, and many of the poems suit a youthful demographic. However, there are also works that require a more sophisticated vocabulary and world view that will appeal to teens and adults as well.
Each spread highlights an individual poem and features the inventive cut-paper artwork for which Steven Jenkins is famous. Textured, multi-dimensional collages are a visual treat in harmony with Worth's word pictures.