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An illustrated collection of poems about the strange-but-true names of various groups of animals, such as a gaggle of geese, labor of moles, and sloth of bears
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Grade 3-5 A collection of illustrated poems based on the ubiquitous conceit of traditional names of groups of animals (a watch of nightingales, a muster of peacocks, etc.), Beasts by the Bunch falls far short of the highest expectations for children's poetry and illustration. Lowe's first published collection of juvenile poetry is marred by forced rhyme, uniform rhythm unrelated to content or mood, a dearth of figurative imagery, and a lack of richly evocative language. The images are hackneyed at best (blind moles, vicious crows, pompous peacocks), often nonsensical (``Why does a sloth of bears wear pajamas''), and frequently repugnant (pigs eating sausages, burping storks, and little girls strangling geese). Harrison's full-page ink and watercolor illustrations are garish, heavy, literal to the extent of permitting children no imaginative visual connotations, and offensive in their stereotyping. Any comparison with the imagination, whimsy, and dignity of Brian Wildsmith's Wild Animals (Watts, 1967; o.p.) becomes almost absurd. Although some children may enjoy the literal simplicity and trite humor, Beasts by the Bunch cannot offer them an imaginative exploration of the animal world, a rich experience with language and imagery, or the delight and excitement of new discoveries. Pamela Miller Ness, The Fenn School, Concord, Mass.
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Book Description Doubleday Books for Young Readers, 1987. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0385237944
Book Description Doubleday Books for Young Read, 1987. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110385237944
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Book Description Doubleday Books for Young Readers, 1987. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0385237944