Cousins of Clouds

Cousins of Clouds

Elephant Poems

Book - 2011
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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.
Publisher: New York : Clarion Books, [2011]
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9780618903498
Branch Call Number: J 599.67 ZIM
Characteristics: 31 pages :,color illustrations ;,26 cm
Additional Contributors: Addy, Sean
Halsey, Megan

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Aug 22, 2012

What if you have a kid that wants a picture book about elephants but also wants some facts along the way? Whither goes the librarian? Cousins of Clouds is sort of a little nonfiction/poetry godsend then. Chock full of interesting elephant facts as well as cool poems, the book bridges the gap between fiction and nonfiction beautifully.

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Aug 22, 2012

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 4 and 9

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Aug 22, 2012

It’s hard to wrap your head around an elephant, let alone your arms. Here we have creatures weighing between 6,000 and 16,000 pounds. Animals that sometimes starve in the streets of cities and sometimes visit the bones of their deceased. In twenty-five poems of varying lengths Tracie Vaughn Zimmer takes us into the world of the elephant. You’ll see them walking down streets with cars and appearing on art from a variety of countries. You’ll see how they care for their young or are incorporated into the body of Ganesh. Accompanying each poem is a small factual message that gives additional information about the elephants being discussed. The end of the book also contains a list of recommended books “For further elephant reading” if kids are interested in knowing more about these majestic, gigantic animals.

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Aug 22, 2012

“The jewels around the elephant’s face / flash in the colored lights, / but the ginger jewel of her eye / haunts me, / even in sleep.”

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