Friday, June 20, 2014
Picture Book Surprises, part 3: Poetry Friday
Dear Wandering Wildebeest: And Other Poems from the Water Hole
by Irene Latham
illustrated by Anna Wadham
Millbrook Press, August 1. 2014
review copy provided by the publisher
What a surprise to visit an African Water Hole with Irene Latham!
The fifteen poems in this picture book introduce us to the importance of the water hole to the African grassland ecosystem. Each poem is accompanied by a short bit of nonfiction text that tells more about the water hole or the animal featured in the poem.
Working alone or in small groups, I can imagine students using this book (and others like it that combine poetry and nonfiction) as a mentor text for their own writing about an ecosystem, their neighborhood, or the cultures they are studying in social studies.
The other two rhyming/poetry books in this week's Picture Book Surprises series:
Picture Book Surprise #1 -- THE GREAT BIG GREEN by Peggy Gifford
Picture Book Surprise #2 -- JOY IN MUDVILLE by Bob Raczka
Jone has the Poetry Friday roundup this week at Check it Out.
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