Friday, September 5, 2014

Poetry Friday




Poetry Friday is hosted today by Author Amok.

For Poetry Friday -- "In The Wild" by David Elliott with illustrations by Holly Meade.

 


Elliott's verses capture the essence of animals from Arctic to African savannah in this collection. Each poem is short with an engaging rhyme and rhythm and will appeal to readers who are new to poetry.

 

The Giraffe

Stilt-walker!

Tree-topper!

Long-necked

Show-stopper!

 

And at the same time, there is a subtle sophistication in the precise language, imaginative imagery, and underlying thoughtfulness that is very attractive and worthy of examination and discussion.

 

As to color, plain--

an ordinary gray.

But once we start to look,

we cannot look away.

 

When peaceful, silent;

when angry, loud.

 

Who would have guessed

the Elephant

is so much like a cloud?

 

Meade's woodcut plus watercolor double-page spreads capture her subjects in motion and draw the viewer into a closer examination of each creature.

3 comments:

Author Amok said...

The giraffe poem is so simple -- the quick lines remind me of the giraffe's sharp angles. That cover is gorgeous. I'm looking forward to reading and seeing more of this book.

Myra Garces Bacsal said...

Sounds like a really lovely book. Thanks for sharing!

Mary Lee said...

I love David Elliot's poetry! You know the other two in this "series?"

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