Friday, July 6, 2012

Poetry Friday

Poetry Friday is hosted today by -- Tabatha Yeatts: The Opposite of Indifference.

"My selection is "What's for dinner?: quirky, squirmy poems from the animal world" written by Katherine B. Hauth and illustrated by David Clark.

Hauth's collection of 29 poems in a variety of forms combine biology and verse in a sometimes macabre, but always entertaining dance of predator and prey that is nature's food chain.

The first poem which echoes the  book's title is a perfect example and clearly introduces the tone and theme of the verses that follow.

What's for dinner?

They might seek meat,
or nectar sweet,

the white of eggs,
or yolk,

sleek fish, dead trees,
fresh blood, live bees,

or prickly artichoke.
But finding food

is not a joke.
Living things must eat
or croak.

Well-known cartoonist, David Clark, provides comical relief.  Whether it's "yucky" vultures cleaning up road-kill or an "icky" praying mantis decapitating her mate, the illustrations are sure to generate a smile even as the reader squirms.

Teachers will find this book an enjoyable introduction to life cycles, food chains, survival, symbiosis and other life-science concepts.  Students might be inspired to create their own verses to describe animal-related studies.

The book concludes with definitions, animal facts and additional resources.


Mary Lee said...

"But finding food
is not a joke.
Living things must eat
or croak."

So TRUE!! And kids LOVE gross poems!!

Books4Learning said...

fun poem! looks like a great book for teachers.

Douglas Florian said...

I like that cover: Frog eats fly, croc eats frog

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