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

UPDATE TIME: 2019-07-13 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:1426327676
LANGUAGE:English

" This book is beautiful and I really enjoyed Alexander's poetry. Some of the lines were really clever. I don't think I'll buy this for my library because it has several fold out pages and those tend to get damaged quickly. However, I would not hesitate to buy this as a gift for a child. " 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.

" 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.

" 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.

" 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, 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.

" Fantastic photographs and beautifully, sparse text by Kwame Alexander make this an essential book for a K-2 library. This would be a great read aloud, but would also be a great book for kids to come back to, because of the diversity of animals presented and the additional information at the end of the book. Personally, I am obsessed/terrified of the oblong-winged katydids, and feel like they might be showing up in some future nightmares... " said.

" Incredible photographs of endangered animals with poetic haikus. Don't miss the author & illustrator notes a the end. Pair with Hello Hello and Glow: Animals with Their Own Night-Lights. " said.

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