Animal Ark: Celebrating our Wild World in Poetry and Pictures (National Geographic Kids) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-02-10 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings

" Gorgeous photographs. I didn't tape the cover down b/c the inside the cover photos are not to be missed. Lovely imagery. Buy two copies b/c the gatefolds won't hold up. Nice cross-curricular connections. " said.

" Beautiful photographs with free verse poems showing the wonder of animals. I really like how the photographs included uncommon animals for children to see. Would make a great read aloud for elementary children. " said.

" I was not expecting a poetry book of such high quality, and then when I recognized the author's name, I understood. The photography is out of this world, and paired with Kwame Alexander's brief descriptive text, it's a knockout of a children's poetry book. My boys and I pored over the pictures with notations like (CR) (critically endangered) or (EW) (extinct in the wild). So much to discuss here. " said.

" Newbery medal-winning author Kwame Alexander and National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore combine their amazing talents in creating this gorgeous collection of endangered animal portraits and poetry. The touchable detail and brilliant color of the close up photos will enchant young readers, while the gentle haiku verse emphasizes humans' connectedness to life on Earth. Reviewer 28 " said.

" Breathtaking, truly stunning photography is no surprise when it is produced by National Geographic. The angles, perspectives, lighting, fold-outs, and EYES of these gorgeous creatures will make it a favorite across ages and interests. Kwame Alexander's use of free form Haiku works well to provide minimal but superbly selected words, as sharply hypnotic as the images. " said.

" Animal Ark is a wonderful, high quality book filled with stunning photographs taken by Joel Sartore of animals from all over the world. Numerous photographs are paired with haikus written by the talented Kwame Alexander. It's so easy to linger on just one page because you want to take it all in - the uniqueness of the animal and the emotions and imagery of the haiku. Animal Ark is going to be a favorite in my library and the classroom. " said.

" Reading for 2017 Beehive Poetry long list. The photographs are amazing. I think kids will really like that. Even the simple poem that connects them is very digestible and enjoyable. But the layout of this book--the foldout in the middle that has nothing to do with the poem? So disjointed. Very unpleasant. And I couldn't help feeling a slight didactic tone here and there. Interesting though. I think kids will like though the books in libraries will get destroyed. " said.

" Animal Ark is a wonderful book of short poems where the words jump out at you, they curve with the pictures and change colors, just like the animals in the book. In many ways, it is also a book that advocates conservation for animals that are on the brink of extinction. Alexander takes several pages that extend out to discuss, in poems, about the endangered species photographed in the book. This book is a great one to add to any collection in any elementary or middle school library. " said.

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