Have you seen a green frog--splash!--turn blue?
Or a red donkey throw a red-hot tantrum?
In this bright bestiary, poet Julie Larios and painter Julie Paschkis cast a menagerie of animals in brilliantly unexpected hues--encouraging us to see the familiar in surprising new ways.
|Publisher:||Houghton Mifflin Harcourt|
|Sold by:||Houghton Mifflin Harcourt|
|File size:||3 MB|
|Age Range:||5 - 10 Years|
About the Author
JULIE LARIOS is a published poet and the author of two previous picture books. She was awarded the Academy of American Poets Prize, was nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and has taught creative writing at the University of Washington. She lives in Seattle, Washington.
JULIE PASCHKIS has illustrated many books for children and has had a number of solo gallery shows. She lives in Seattle, Washington.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is a book of poems about animals and colors and associating colors and animals together that are not usually associated with each other. These Poems would be good to read to a class especially kindergarten or first grade when they start to associate colors and start to read.
Some poems rhyme, others don¿t, in this simple, enjoyable collection of poems that combine an animal with a color (¿Gray mama goose in a tizzy, honk-honk-honking herself dizzy¿). The poems that don¿t rhyme are equally engaging, as with ¿Green Frog¿: ¿One hop and her green is gone. See how she swims, blue frog now under blue water.¿The poems are very short¿perfect for an introduction to poetry for young students, from which one can sample different poetic elements. Besides the occasional rhyming, there are examples of alliteration (¿Purple Puppy¿), onomatopoeia (¿¿Who?¿ asks the white owl, all eyes. `Who?¿¿) and repetition (¿Pink collar. Pink bell. Pink pillow. Pink bowl.¿). Several of the poems create sensory images for children, though mostly involving sight and sound. ¿Orange Giraffe¿ opens with ¿Orange sun rising over the savanna¿Can you see the orange water over the Juba River?¿ and then ¿Can you hear the hyena¿s high orange laugh?¿ The vocabulary is very accessible to young students, as are occasional similes and metaphors. For example, the poem about a brown mouse describes its skittering all around ¿like she¿s jitterbugging on tinfoil.¿ The integration of Julie Paschkis¿s (Glass Slipper Golden Sandal) lovely illustrations with the text produces a very satisfying package for students¿ first experiences with this genre. Target audience grades 1-3.Larios, J. H., & Paschkis, J. (2006). Yellow elephant: A bright bestiary. Orlando: Harcourt.
How many people can actually say they understand the various meanings of words? I do not mean literal, but the feeling and emotion one experiences when they see or read a color, for example. In the "Yellow Elephant: A Bright Bestiary," a book of poetry, it helps one develop the sense of words. In particular, it helps one realize how color can effect a person by seeing it or reading the word that describes the it. Colors can mean a variety of different things, like warm and inviting, to angry and frustrated. Children need to be able to make these emotional connections with words while reading, and one way to help children develop this sense is to read the "Yellow Elephant: A Bright Bestiary."
For real -- it's a book of children's poetry that doesn't feel like it has to rhyme obviously all the time. WOAH! Larios does some nice things with rhyme, rhythm, and language, and Paschkis's illustrations are interesting. I like it.