Poetry Friday is hosted today by Think Kid, Think!
For Poetry Friday -- "Imaginary menagerie: a book of curious creatures" -- poetry by Julie Larios with paintings by Julie Paschkis.
Larios offers readers a cross-cultural collection of poems that explore the nature of fourteen mythical creatures. The familiar dragon and phoenix serve as bookends for the less well known beings that include the thunderbird of Native American traditions, naga of Hindu and Buddhist lore, and the Russian firebird along with hobgoblin, troll and will o the wisp.
Boldly colored paintings by Paschkis appear inspired by the folk art traditions of each creatures' cultural heritage and enrich the reading experience with every turn of the page.