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Hidden City: Poems of Urban Wildlife
Contributor(s): Tuttle, Sarah Grace, Schimler-Safford, Amy (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0802854591     ISBN-13: 9780802854599
Publisher: Eerdmans Pub Co
    OUR PRICE: $15.30  
Product Type: School And Library
Published: March 2018
Annotation: "This collection of poems celebrates the wonders of nature in an urban setting"--
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Children's poetry, American.
Nature; Juvenile poetry.
JUVENILE NONFICTION / Poetry / General.; bisacsh
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Poetry
Dewey: 811/.6
LCCN: 2017028928
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 1-2, Age 6-7
Book type: Easy Non Fiction
Physical Information: 12.00" H x 9.00" W x 0.50" (1.35 lbs)
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2018 February #1)

Debut author Tuttle and illustrator Schimler-Safford celebrate the plants and creatures that thrive in cities and towns in 27 understated poems and richly textured digital illustrations. Tuttle packs notable tension into her pared-down poems, which move subtly through the seasons. In one moody spread, "little brown bats/ hunt/ with a/ dart!/ and a/ swoop!/ and a hasty/ wing-scoop!" beneath a streetlight's glare; on the facing page, a harvestman (daddy long legs) "splits open its body" as it molts, "leaving behind only/ an empty exoskeleton." Elsewhere, a red-tailed blackbird chases away a hawk to protect its marsh nest, and ant colonies wage war on the sidewalk ("Antennae wave/ legs grip/ mandibles rip"). Readers will be left realizing that nature's miniature dramas are closer than they think. Ages 4–8. Author's agent: Anna Olswanger, Olswanger Literary. Illustrator's agent: Marietta Zacker, Gallt & Zacker Literary. (Mar.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2018 April)

PreS-Gr 2—The city pulses with nature in this collection of 27 short poems that take a closer look at the habits of many plants, insects, birds, and animals. Beginning with a mother mouse scurrying back and forth under the table with scraps of paper to build her nest, the poems deftly steer readers through the cycle of a year. Dandelions sprout at the bus stop bench, and pigeons "strut/turn/dip" in a courtship dance. Community gardens grow, and raccoon kits learn how to hunt for dinner in garbage cans ("place paws firmly and/push /push again/push again/until/CRASH!/ a feast spills out of the bin."). Large spreads of bright collagelike digital art subtly introduce the seasonal shifts, while the poetry uses sound, imagery, and a little humor to make each flora or fauna recognizable and part of the natural rhythm of the city. As winter settles in, the slim volume closes where it began, inside a human residence. There, a house cricket on a heating vent chirps a "Winter Song" to call his mate. The author has a background in environmental studies, and the book's back matter includes a small bibliography for further reading and "Fun Facts about the Wildlife in These Poems" with a fascinating extra piece of information about each poem's subject. VERDICT This enjoyable collection introduces a wide variety of urban wildlife in an accessible way. A great addition.—Julie Roach, Cambridge Public Library, MA

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