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A Forest of Poems
by Deborah Ruddell
Illustrated by Joan Rankin
Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books 2009
Format: Picture Book
I rated this book 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.com.
This book contains 22 short, rhyming poems about forest animals throughout the four seasons. Poems include: Proposal for a Squirrel Spa, Ode to a Salamander and Nobody's Pet.
If you are looking for animal poems that share factual information, this is not the book for you. These poems are silly, entertaining and sometimes, downright funny. The water color illustrations fill each page with whimsical pictures.
This book would make a nice addition to any poetry unit or collection. Older elementary as well as younger children will enjoy these poems because of their content, humor and use of language.
My favorite poem was Biography of a Beaver.
Hooray for Beaver!
Use this book to...
Teach/reinforce poetry rhyming schemes
Develop vocabulary. Words such as smidgen, position, uncommonly, flimsy, quavery and investing are included to name a few.
Have a good laugh.