Wildlife and poetry -- what
an enticing combination for children. Elliott takes readers on a quest across
continents and through a variety of habitats to discover some of our favorite
animals. Panda, zebra, polar bear, sloth,
and kangaroo are just a few of animals celebrated in this colorful collection.
Short poems offer thoughtful
insights into details, invite readers to observe wildlife with a thoughtful eye
or simply enjoy how unique each creature is in form and behavior. The simple-appearing
verses are reader friendly, but possess an underlying sophistication in their
use of vocabulary and imagery -- the
glisten of sunset in a lion's eye or likening an elephant to a cloud: Powerful,
yet delicate/as lace.../When peaceful, silent;/when angry loud.
Meade's bold use of color
and line fill the pages with images that draw the reader's attention to the
subject of each verse and make the illustrations every bit as commanding as the