Academic journal article Language Arts

Pug: And Other Animal Poems

Academic journal article Language Arts

Pug: And Other Animal Poems

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Pug: And Other Animal Poems Written by Valerie Worth Illustrated by Steve Jenkins Farrar Straus Giroux, 2013, unpaged, ISBN 978-0- 374- 35024- 6

In the expertly composed collection of 18 animal poems, Valerie Worth ponders the unique behaviors and characteristics of a wide range of animals. From the stumpy noses of pugs to the thunder-like rage of the Bengal tiger, Worth arranges small bursts of free verse for each of the creatures featured. The artistry of her poetry is elegant, and brings new appreciations to the lives of the most unexpected of beasts, big and small alike. Each poem is displayed across a two-page spread with illustrations by Steve Jenkins. Jenkins's sophisticated cut-paper collage style complements the importance of the animal moment or behavior highlighted in Worth's poetry. Within the poem "Cicada," for example, Jenkins's detailed image illustrates the metamorphosis of the insect visually and positions the reader to consider both the free verse and art together in order to fully understand the metaphorical and literal content presented. …

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