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Did you guess me? Because I still can't believe it. Yet there I am in the write-up for the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC BOOK OF ANIMAL POETRY in the Shelf Awareness Book Review section from November 30th, by Jennifer M. Brown:

Poet laureate J. Patrick Lewis contributes poems and curates this collection of 200 poems, with stunning photos sure to convert young readers into new poetry fans.

A close-up of a monarch caterpillar appears alongside a transparent chrysalis through which children can identify a monarch's wings. "What's a caterpillar?/ Little/ but a fly/ in waiting," reads Graham Denton's poem. Sometimes the poem prompts readers to look more closely at a creature featured in the photo, as with Valerie Worth's "Cow"; other times, the photo pulls readers in, such as "The Eagle" by Alfred, Lord Tennyson ("He watches from his mountain walls,/ And like a thunderbolt he falls"). A barrel jellyfish seems to filter the sunlight breaking through the ocean's surface in the photo alongside Kelly Ramsdell Fineman's lines, "It's not made of jelly; it isn't a fish./ Mostly it drifts, but can move with a swish." Which came first, the poem or the picture? Either way, readers are the winners. --Jennifer M. Brown, children's editor, Shelf Awareness


So. Cool.

Also, I really and truly love this book, completely independent of my having a poem in it. It's high on my list of gifts to give others this holiday season.

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jeannineatkins
Dec. 3rd, 2012 05:44 pm (UTC)
"readers are the winners" -- what a great tribute!
I love your jellyfish and the book -- I read and meant to blog but got caught up in other things, but this reminds me it's good to blog before the holidays. I agree, SO many would find this a perfect gift.
kellyrfineman
Dec. 3rd, 2012 11:08 pm (UTC)
Isn't that a terrific review? I was extremely chuffed to be singled out in the text - especially with the company I keep!
bogwitch64
Dec. 3rd, 2012 11:41 pm (UTC)
Glitter Text Maker

kellyrfineman
Dec. 4th, 2012 05:44 pm (UTC)
I know!
writerjenn
Dec. 4th, 2012 12:28 am (UTC)
Suh-weet!!
kellyrfineman
Dec. 4th, 2012 05:45 pm (UTC)
:)
boreal_owl
Dec. 4th, 2012 01:09 am (UTC)
Congrats!
kellyrfineman
Dec. 4th, 2012 05:45 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
robinellen
Dec. 4th, 2012 03:38 am (UTC)
Oh, very cool :D
kellyrfineman
Dec. 4th, 2012 05:45 pm (UTC)
I was gobsmacked.
jongibbs
Dec. 4th, 2012 10:12 am (UTC)
Congratulations :)
kellyrfineman
Dec. 4th, 2012 05:45 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
slatts
Dec. 4th, 2012 05:38 pm (UTC)
BRAVO!
Cool review indeed!

So, what's the answer? Which did come first?
kellyrfineman
Dec. 4th, 2012 05:46 pm (UTC)
Re: BRAVO!
Don't know for certain. The poems were not written with access to the photos, or vice-versa.
(Anonymous)
Dec. 5th, 2012 02:38 pm (UTC)
Woohoo! Congrats, Kelly. How wonderful that yours was one of the poems they highlighted. It is a stunning book and poem:>)
kellyrfineman
Dec. 20th, 2012 05:27 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
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