Zoo’s Who is a book of poems and paintings about animals by Douglas Florian. (Linking to Amazon because the author’s website links to Amazon…) The paintings are mixed media with stamps and pieces of magazines and parts of the poems themselves incorporated into the paintings. The poems are short and sweet. While some hit the mark better than others, they are great for getting alliteration, rhythm, and puns into children’s ears before they decide poetry is hard and inaccessible. There are also nice examples of concrete poems, and it is obvious thought was put into the design of each poem and painting. (This is probably why I like poetry books by designers so much.)
My favorite poem is “The Eagle”:
I’m not a seagull.
All birds are not
Okay, so maybe I just really like the last line. But isn’t it good? 😛
This post is my Blogging from A to Z entry for the letter Z.
In addition to Old Daniel, I found another interesting old book at the Natural History Museum while hunting around for Attic Adventures.
It was an interesting children’s picture book of poetry called Clown Putty Face, the Quick Change Artist by Lothar Meggendorfer (London: H. Grevel & Co.; New York: Frederick Stokes Company, 1900, first published in German in 1899).
This interactive book has a 3D clown face that sticks out all the way to the front cover. (Here you can see the foam donut it came with to protect the face):
It was actually one of the first books I cleaned and organized when I started volunteering at the Natural History Museum last year, so it has a special place in my heart, despite its creepy clay face…
With each page turn, the clown face is placed in a different scene to match the poem on the opposite page:
As cyclist now the clown we view
He looks as though he better knew
To mount the wheel than ride a horse
Past trees and fields he takes his course
And while we look and turn the leaf
A change is made for time is brief.
This post is my Blogging from A to Z entry for the letter Q.