Sue Ann Alderson. Illustrated by Ann Blades.
Preschool - grade 2 / Ages 2 - 7.
Raccoons out for an evening scavenge, four tumble-young raccoons twitter in a line-dance behind mother, look for fruit and frogs, take their findings pondside for a wash, twitter, tumble-play, hide and seek up trees and down, then tumble-follow in a line again, to find their hollow log and tumble in.
My only quibble is that there is no Table of Contents, index or pagination as one has come to expect from poetry books and which will confound any future indexer should this book be included in a poetry index Also, the poems are not separated into seasonal chapters, although they are arranged from Spring to Winter and running titles indicate into which season they fall. This lack of organization means the poems are less immediately accessible to teachers preparing thematic units, but it does not detract from the success of the marriage of natural science, lyrical language and lovely illustrations. A book to be enjoyed on many levels.
Alison Mews, Coordinator Centre for Instructional Services, Faculty of Education Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, NF.
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