Animal Poetry

One of my most cherished poetry books as a child was A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein. Flipping through the well-loved pages, I of course had my favorites, but I always seemed to come back to “Bear in There.” If you are not familiar with this poem, here it is:

There’s a Polar Bear
In our Frigidaire–
He likes it ’cause it’s cold in there.
With his seat in the meat
And his face in the fish
And his big hairy paws
In the buttery dish,
He’s nibbling the noodles,
He’s munching the rice,
He’s slurping the soda,
He’s licking the ice.
And he lets out a roar
If you open the door.
And it gives me a scare
To know he’s in there–
That Polary Bear
In our Fridgitydaire.

Fun, huh? Now as an adult I have a soft-spot for animal poetry (although I do enjoy other types of poetry as well). Please enjoy these entertaining titles and don’t forget to laugh!

Won Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku by Lee Wardlaw. 2011.

Nobody will be able to forget the shelter cat who stars in this sweet and humorous story. He wants to put up a cold exterior, but his charm and desire for a family really shine through. The Japanese haiku theme is captured throughout the story with brilliant illustrations that engage the reader. This witty read-aloud will captivate children and have them begging for their own cat! **Keep this title in mind, since there are many blogs out there buzzing about this title being a possible candidate for the Caldecott Award. Exciting!

Twosomes: Love Poems from the Animal Kingdom by Marilyn Singer. 2011.

These fun and humorous poems will have you believing that animals really do celebrate Valentine’s Day! “Nice to Meetcha! You smell delish!/Wanna share my water dish?” is one of the many poems in this collection that are meant to be read-aloud and shared with others. Kids will love the variety of animals that are featured and the ease at which they can memorize the poems.

Around the World on Eighty Legs by Amy Gibson. 2011.

Are you ready to go on an animal adventure? Get ready to ‘bump your rump’ like a camel and ‘squawk’ with an Auk, while you learn about animals from around the world! Gibson mixes fun and language that will delight kids and adults alike. The author also has a classroom application resource on her website if you are interested in further information. Definitely worth a look!

If you are interested in other poetry titles, please check out Tracey’s post about National Poetry Month!

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