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Zoologico De Poemas/Poetry Zoo (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

Margarita Montalvo

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ISBN 10: 1417690097 / ISBN 13: 9781417690091
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Spine creases, wear to binding and pages from reading. May contain limited notes, underlining or highlighting that does affect the text. Possible ex library copy, that’ll have the markings and stickers associated from the library. Accessories such as CD, codes, toys, may not be included. Bookseller Inventory # 2511834905

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Title: Zoologico De Poemas/Poetry Zoo (Turtleback ...

Publisher: Turtleback

Binding: Library Binding

Book Condition:GOOD

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FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. A bilingual collection of poetic fables originally written in Spanish and translated into English by the author.


SLJ 10/1/05
MONTALVO, Margarita. Zoológico de poemas/Poetry Zoo. illus. by author. 47p. Scholastic. 2005. pap. $4.99. ISBN 0-439-70681-5. LC number unavailable.
Gr 2-5 Montalvo's first book, while not an unqualified success, certainly shows promise. Beginning with a list of rules for visiting a poetry zoo, the 18 selections include those that are short and lengthy, quick meditations and narrative tales. From the winged nature of flying poems to the experiences of sailing goats, hairless lions, and dissatisfied pelicans, the fanciful verses have considerable child appeal. The Spanish text is far superior to the English translations, which are unduly literal. The result is clumsy, both in terms of the phrasing and the rhythm, which at times is lost completely. The sketchy pen-and-ink and watercolor cartoons with lots of color and a frenetic verve carry the verses. A final note for parents and teachers, given in both languages, explains the meaning behind each poem. While interesting, it is probably not necessary to know that Susanna, the Salamander” is about integration” or that Mr. Lion's Wig” references the women's liberation movement. Jack Prelutsky's English-only Zoo Doings (HarperCollins, 1983) is a better choice.

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