Dinner is served. What in nature could be more poetic than the hunt for food and the struggle for survival? In twenty-nine poems readers will squirm at the realities of how the animal world catches food, eats it, and becomes dinner in turn. In these quirky poems readers are introduced to many animals with disgusting eating habits, such as the marabou stork that lurks on the periphery, like a vampire in the shadows, waiting for a chance to pick at a rotting carcass. The dermestid beetle does not mind doing the dirty work, cleaning up animals on the road side and often made busy at museums cleaning up bones for exhibits. And, baby wasps hatch inside an unsuspecting caterpillar and eat their way out. Gross, cool, and extremely funny, David Clark's illustrations get to the heart (and skin and guts) of the food chain and the web of life, depicting the animal world at dinner time in all its gory glory. Back matter includes further information about the animals in the poems and the scientific terms used.
A rhino raps a classic Robert Frost poem.
Short humorous poems about the beginning sounds of the letters ABC.
Each spring, the people of Summerville gather to prevent the dreaded Murkles from entering their village. Unfortunately, this year there are more of the strange, smelly creatures than ever. When Juliana allows one little Murkle to waddle into town, she witnesses something truly amazing. She now knows exactly what to do, but will the mayor listen? This intriguing story tells of a young girl who helps the townspeople understand that their Murkle problem - and others that soon follow - are actually blessings in disguise. Mary Gregg Byrne's playful illustrations add whimsy to Heidi Schmidt's imaginative tale of good things that arrive in unusual packages.
A young interracial boy wonders why people are labeled by the color of their skin. Realizing that people dream, feel, sing, smile and dance, regardless of their color, he asks, â€œAm I a color, too?â€ Gerald Purnell's powerful art brings this simple poem vibrantly to life.
In this magical book, three fairies help our imaginations soar as we build a dream castle in the sky. Sandra Hanken's poetic vision and Jody Bergsma's vivid illustrations create a majestic kingdom where all of God's creatures are welcome. Bergsma's intriguing Celtic borders twist through each page, adding special touches of mystery and creation. Once it's complete, the entire castle slides down to the Earth â€œon moonbeams and music and prayers.â€
The classic nursery rhyme about Mary and her lamb is accompanied by several other favorite nursery rhymes including Little Miss Muffet, Hickory Dickory Dock, Hey Diddle Diddle, Where Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone, and Humpty Dumpty! Children will enjoy reading these all-time favorite classic stories in this beautifully illustrated book.
As night draws near, mom and baby share precious moments during bathtime and bedtime. Young readers will be captivated by the comforting story and reassuring illustrations.
Follow the animals, two by two, as they board Noah's ark. Young readers will be captivated by the classic Bible story and delightful illustrations.
Children will have fun learning the alphabet while reading this classic nursery rhyme!
A condensed version of a classic Aesop fable with the moral: Even the smallest of goods deeds is rewarded.
Six white horses were tired from all their work, so they took a little vacation.
A frog and a hog get into a spat that turns into a full-blown feud, until the judge lays down the law.
A fly buzzing around a donkey's head sets off a chain of events that leads to a cow in the cabbage patch.
This cat goes beyond the call of duty to keep the mice and roaches in order in this cute little poem by T.S. Eliot.
You have never seen - and never will, anywhere else - such mixed-up critters as these. Kids will delight in them!
The king is not a fussy man, but he is very particular about what he has for breakfast.
While mother is away getting food, baby owl wanders away from the burrow, and the adventure begins.
Why do we so often want to be something we are not? Even mermaids seem to share this attribute.
A song about one of mother nature's greatest mysteries.
What a mysterious creature the Quangle Wangle is. And, my, what a big hat he has.
A limerick story about an arrogant swami who is humbled in the end.
Guess what happens when cows eat grass? Naturally.
This tender yet powerful poem expresses a father's unconditional love and support for his children. From guiding baby's first steps to marveling at the grandeur of the universe and all that lies beyond, he promises to nurture and protect them forever.
A cute little poem about an owl who falls in love with a pussycat.