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Cousins of clouds : elephant poems

by Zimmer, Tracie Vaughn.

Format: Print Book 2011
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Location Collection Call #
Plum Community Library Juvenile Non-Fiction J 599.6 ZIM
Location  Plum Community Library
Collection  Juvenile Non-Fiction
Call Number  J 599.6 ZIM
Tracie Vaughn Zimmer has a long-standing affection for elephants, and it shows. This book is a celebration of these remarkable animals: their huge size, their affectionate parenting, their loyalty to one another and sometimes to humans, their voracious appetites, their amazing trunks, their enjoyment of mud baths. The poems, some in the voices of the elephants themselves, are richly varied in form and tone. Each is accompanied by a brief sidebar explaining, or expanding on, the information it contains. Distinctive illustrations incorporating painting, collage, and found objects are a rich and playful counterpart to the text and may inspire young readers to create their own visual and poetic tribute to their favorite animals.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "After honoring the working world in Steady Hands: Poems about Work (2009), the team of poet Zimmer and illustrators Halsey and Addy has turned to, of all things, elephants. It's another labor of love, with poems celebrating everything elephantine from elephants' role in mythology and history to their attachments to family and mud. Each spread features one or two pachyderm poems, one or two mixed-media collages, and a text block with background facts. Zimmer begins with the title poem, an unlikely moniker for the largest mammal currently walking the earth. To this very day / you can see the poor elephants / flapping their ears, / dreaming of flight, / but now only / cousins of clouds. She tackles a multitude of other themes, including the amazing trunk (made of 40,000 muscles), th. fortress of female. that protects baby elephants, the lives of domesticated elephants in Asia and Africa, and an elephant sanctuary in Tennessee. Backed by appealing illustrations that inventively address the varied topics, the collection seems as pleasingly all-over-the-map as its subject.--Nolan, Abb. Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Elephants are the revered subject of Zimmer's lovingly crafted works. In one, a jubilant pachyderm describes the pleasures of mud-bathing ("slurp!/ thwonk!/ splat!/ Completely divine,/ muddy chocolate sublime/ splattered onto my skin-/ better yet, I'll dive in"), while a moving sonnet celebrates an elephant sanctuary in Tennessee: "Old friends reunite after decades apart;/ trumpets and rumblings as hopeful as light." Halsey and Addy's warm and expressive mixed-media collages incorporate vintage-looking illustrations and musical notation to emphasize the animal's various qualities, while avoiding overly anthropomorphic representations-while remaining attentive to the affection between a mother and baby elephant. Ages 5-8. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Elephants -- Juvenile literature.
Elephants -- Juvenile poetry.
Elephants in art -- Juvenile literature.
Elephants -- Poetry.
Elephants in art.
Publisher New York :Clarion Books,2011
Other Titles Elephant poems
Contributors Halsey, Megan.
Addy, Sean.
Language English
Notes Facts about elephants interspersed with poems.
Description 31 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN 9780618903498 (hbk.)
0618903496 (hbk.)
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