Title: Animal Ark, Celebrating our WILD WORLD in Poetry and Pictures
Author: Kwame Alexander
Photographs by: Joel Sartore
Published by: National Geographic Kids, February 2017
Themes: animals, poetry
Chorus of creatures
Singing our names
See what we can save–together
Kwame Alexander uplifting poetry and prose pairs with more than 100 of National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore’s compelling images of world species.
Why I like this book:
This is a visual and literary celebration of extraordinary beauty. The portraits of the animals are not only stunning but are intimate and personal. It is as if each animal has honored Kwame and Joel by sharing a little of their story.
The first, last pages and center pages include stunning pullouts of mini portraits and a chorus of creatures call to action.
The concept of being family with these beautiful creatures is priceless, and more than many books, this one will give children a poignant sense of connection with the venomous viper, the stalking tiger, the colorful chameleon…. From a vast variety of species from diverse ecosystems, from endemic to endangered, each animal is treated with love both by Kwame’s powerful words and Joel’s lens.
This book calls kids to action by presenting them with an ark of animals with whom humanity’s future is woven. It is stunning and powerful, a book for all elementary classrooms.
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Photo Ark founder and National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore has visited 40 countries in his quest to create this photo archive of global biodiversity. To date, he has completed intimate portraits of more than 6,000 species. see more of his work here: http://www.joelsartore.com/galleries/the-photo-ark/
You can get involved and make a difference, here: http://www.nationalgeographic.org/projects/photo-ark/
This is a great classroom companion for national poetry month and the author has some great thoughts on the text and a small section on writing haiku.
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