Monday, February 21, 2011

What's For Dinner? - Quirky, Squirmy Poems from the Animal World

What's for Dinner?: Quirky, Squirmy Poems from the Animal World
written by Katherine B. Hauth; illustrated by David Clark
(Charlesbridge) 2011
Source: Review copy provided by the publisher

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         Blink of an Eye
         Butterfly flits by
hungry mouth of leaping trout
  quick raccoon hooks lunch

Combine information about animal eating habits with delightfully droll illustrations and set it to different forms of poetry and you get What's for Dinner?. This book is not for the faint of heart, which makes it perfect for older elementary and middle school students. With titles like Four Ways to Catch a Seal and Road Toad Restaurant, you have an unvarnished look at the animal world through a humorous point of view.

If your students are researching food webs, put this book in their hands or share some of the poems during a read aloud. There are several different kinds of poetry featured in the book, like the haiku above, and author Katherine B. Hauth has included superb back matter that explains the relationships emphasized in each of the 29 poems. High level vocabulary, with terms like symbiosis, mutualism, and commensalism, are also highlighted and clarified. What's for Dinner? will be a valuable cross-curricular addition to your classroom library.

Other reviews of What's for Dinner?:
Writing With a Broken Tusk
NY Journal of Books

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