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National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry: 200 Poems with Photographs That Squeak, Soar, and Roar!

line National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry: 200 Poems with Photographs That Squeak, Soar, and Roar!
by J.Patrick Lewis (Compiler)


If there is one Poetry Book that you MUST have in your personal bookshelf, National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry will be that book. A gorgeous collection of poems on animals coupled with some amazing wild life photography, this book is pure Genius! As usual National Geographic photography makes for a visual treat. But the beauty is further enhanced by some wonderful animal poetry. You will find verse in many styles, from haiku to typical rhymes. Poets such as Emily Dickenson and Robert Frost share space with more modern day poets such as Janet Wong and J. Patrick Lewis.

It is no wonder then that the book has received many awards..

Best Poetry Book of 2012 -Bank Street Books

Best Children’s Books of 2012 – Kirkus Reviews

Top Children’s Books of 2012 – New York Public Library

One of the 100 Magnificent Children’s Books of 2012 – Fuse 8

CYBLIS’ Poetry Finalist! and many many more..

This 192 pages, giant sized book has 200 poems on animals both well known and some lesser known animals. The book is divided into sections:

(A) Welcome to the world – From birth to young animals

(B) The big ones – On big animals like elephants, hippos, bears.

(C) The little ones – On caterpillars, insects and other little ones

(D) The winged ones – On Birds

(E) The water ones – Fishes, Dolphins, Crabs

(F) The stranger ones – Centipedes, Armadillos, Piranhas and a Baby Porcupette!

(G) The noisy ones – Lions, Hyenas

(H) The quiet ones – Rabbits, Snakes

(I) Final Thought – On the World that we share with Animals

I wish there was 1 favorite poem for me to share Here are a few to give you a sneak peek:

National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry Tickle Rhyme

The Tickle Rhyme by Ian Serraillier

“Who’s that tickling my back?” aid that wall,

“Me” said a small Caterpillar.

“I’m learning To crawl.”

National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry White Egret

The Parrot by Anonymous

I am the pirate’s parrot,

I sail the seven seas

And sleep inside the crow’s nest

Don’t look for me in trees!

National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry Cow

The Purple Cow by Gelett Burgess

I never saw a Purple Cow,

I never hope to see one,

But I can tell you anyhow,

I’d rather see than be one.

We loved this Poetry book collection. We already have a few favorites and we have read those over and over again.  This is THE perfect book.. buy it, keep it, gift it!

Find it here: Library, Amazon, Better World Books


  1. I can’t wait to read this book. Thanks for sharing it at The Children’s Bookshelf.

    • reshamad

      We love Nat Geo photography, so you can’t go wrong with this one Thanks for stopping by.

  2. It is a truly stunning combination of wonderful photographs and poetry.

    PS: Resh, your blog is absolutely beautiful!

    • reshamad

      Thank you Susan for the kind words! I am must say you just made my day!

  3. Katie

    I can’t wait to check this out! The photographs are absolutely gorgeous. I’m sure this would make a perfect gift for an animal lover!
    Thanks for sharing with the Kid Lit Blog Hop!

  4. Hi there! What a wonderful website, and I love the display of books! By the way, I’m sure my 4 yr. old would love this book! Guess who’s going book shopping? (

    • reshamad

      Thanks for your kind words Frances. I am sure he will love it!


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