A beautifully illustrated book which pairs poetry with non-fiction, telling the fascinating stories of the animals that have found their homes in urban landscapes all over the world.
This beautifully illustrated book pairs poetry with non-fiction, telling the fascinating stories of the animals who have found homes in our urban landscapes across the world, from the pythons traveling Singapores sewers to the monkeys living in Indias temples. Humans may have built towns and cities, but we aren't the only ones who live in them. Given the smallest chance - a park, a garden, a window box; a basement, a subway tunnel, a bridge - wildlife manages to survive in the city. Among colourful illustrated pages buzzing with city life and animal activity, youll discover the host of wild animals who live among humans: butterflies, bats, spiders, honeybees, coyotes and more. Each animal's story is told through a short poem accompanied by an informational paragraph. Some poems are comical, some poignant, and all make the reader see the world in a different way. After a rousing exploration of animal life, find definitions of the various types of poetry forms used in the book: haiku, cinquain, sonnet, terza rima, villanelle, triolet, reverso, acrostic and free verse. Look around—you may discover you're in an urban jungle!
Marilyn Singer is a multi-award-winning children's author who has written more than 100 books, spanning poetry, picture books, fiction and non-fiction. Her awards include the 2015 NCTE Award for Excellence in poetry, the Cybil Award for Poetry 2011, and several Children's Choice and Parents' Choice Awards, among others.
Gordy Wright is an illustrator and printmaker. He creates textured artwork using a variety of traditional techniques, throughout which he likes to evoke a sense of nature and weave a narrative.
Children’s & educational
Words & Pictures
4 - 8