Gr 6 Up-Beware the Jabberwock-and all of the other delightful animals, both real and imaginary, that appear here. From the Bible to Ogden Nash, William Butler Yeats, Aesop, and D. H. Lawrence, the voices of many poets are featured here. Each is matched with a work of fine art by talents as diverse as Andy Warhol, Marc Chagall, Frida Kahlo, and Winslow Homer; all of the creatures seem to be right at home on the page. Horses roam and fish swim-but readers must also be alert to prancing centaurs, rearing dragons, and the Loch Ness monster. Individually, Salvador Dal's photo of a lobster telephone might seem out of place, but collectively included with primitive sculptures and pencil sketches, it provides insight into how differently artists may interpret the same object. Familiar poems featuring animal references such as Carl Sandburg's "Fog" and William Blake's "The Tiger" are included as well as more obscure, but revealing, lines about rhinos, crows, fish, and purple cows. This is a first-rate edition of not just poems about animals, but also about how their existence affects everything around us. These pages are at once playful, realistic, and impressionistic. The selections may spark readers' interest in other works by the artists and poets represented. It's a great browsing book and a true delight.-Sharon Korbeck, Waupaca Area Public Library, WI
That many of these animals are not imaginary at all hardly detracts from the excellent selection of more than 80 poems juxtaposed with stunning works of artphotos, paintings, drawings, and sculpturein this sequel to Sullivan's Imaginary Gardens (1989).
Among the creatures are the Sphinx, the "Nessie" of Loch Ness, the gargoyles of Notre Dame Cathedral, and St. George's dragon. Poets writing about them include Jorge Luis Borges, e.e. cummings, Marianne Moore, Jonathan Swift, Sylvia Plath, Ogden Nash, and a host of others. It may be the illustrative material that sets this book apart. Richard Wilbur's poem "The Ride" is illustrated by one of Marc Chagall's gentlest paintings, "The Poet Reclining." A reproduction of Julia Kunin's "Red Suede Saddles" illustrates Rita Dove's "Horse and Tree." Barbara Angell's lyrical "The Crow" is accompanied by two pieces: Romare Bearden's "Morning of the Rooster" and Alexander Calder's "Cattails and Bird." It all makes for a book to be savored. Lovely.