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Book Cover  Here is my review of a poetry book by Douglas Florian...

 

Florian, Douglas. 2000. MAMMALABILIA. San Diego: Harcourt. ISBN: 0-15-202167-1.

 

Parravano, Martha. 2000. MAMMALABILIA (BOOK REVIEW). Horn Book Magazine 76(2): 204. In EBSCOhost (database online). Available from: http://ezproxy.twu.edu:2048/login?url=http://search.epnet.com/

direct.asp?db=tfh&jid=%22HBM%22&scope=site  Accessed 30 June 03.

 

 

 

Mammalabilia by Douglas Florian is a lot of colorful fun. Each of the twenty-one poems is about a mammal, such as a fox, beaver, hippo, tiger and others. His use of concrete poems is an exciting addition to this book. The poem entitled "The Lynx" goes like this: Some people wear fur coats of lynx / I / think / that / stynx /. The corresponding illustration shows a young woman wearing a living lynx on her shoulders, who happens to be plugging his nose. Very cute!

 

Every poem has a full-page illustration, rendered in gouache on primed brown paper bags, done by the talented author himself. A book review in The Horn Book Magazine, says this:

"Florians latest inventive and witty collection of animal poems again displays his delight in wordplay and confirms his status as one of the pithiest of modern poets."

 

This book of poems is amusing. It would make a perfect poetry break for a science lesson dealing with the study of mammals.

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