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The Beauty of the Beast: Poems From the Animal Kingdom

By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

One of the best collections of poetry ever.

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age 7+

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age 7+

Parent of 4

This book was great! Kids read it every night and ask for it to be read to them constantly. Well written with appropriate age-level vocabulary.

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This marvelous collection is a boon to any teacher or parent wanting to introduce children to poetry. The poems and pictures are perfectly matched; both are lovely in their simplicity, and appeal to a wide range of ages and interests. The wealth of sounds, images, and ideas ensure that kids find something new and fascinating in repeated readings. This is a book not to be read through from beginning to end, but to be savored poem by poem.

Jack Prelutsky's wide reading and his respect for children are evident here; the selections are intelligent and perfect for children. There are no cutesy poems, none that condescend, and few chestnuts. A wealth of simple, impressionistic watercolors surround the poems. Children may be inspired to make their own watercolor pictures after looking at Meilo So's creations.

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