The poems found in this text are wonderful poems done in the Haiku style of poetry. Each poem is a riddle told by a particular animal. The reader has to guess what animal it is (don't worry the "answers" are in the back). Rand's illustrations are the perfect addition to these amazing poems. Each illustration tells the story as easy as Prelutsky's words do. This is a must have for anyone's library who enjoys poetry in general, Haiku poems or just loves a perfect book. — Jeanette
Seventeen haiku composed by master poet Jack Prelutsky and illustrated by renowned artist Ted Rand ask you to think about seventeen favorite residents of the animal kingdom in a new way.
On these glorious and colorful pages you will meet a mouse, a skunk, a beaver, a hummingbird, ants, bald eagles, jellyfish, and many others. Who is who? The answer is right in front of you. But how can you tell? Think and wonder and look and puzzle it out!
A creature whispers:
If not for the cat,
And the scarcity of cheese,
I could be content.
Who is this creature?
What does it like to eat?
Can you solve the riddle?
Jack Prelutsky is the best-selling author of more than fifty books of poetry, including The New Kid on the Block, illustrated by James Stevenson, and Stardines Swim High Across the Sky, illustrated by Carin Berger. Jack Prelutsky lives in Washington State.