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Ice! Poems About Polar Life


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This kid-pleasing collection of more than twenty poems about the polar regions and the animals that live there is both fun and informative. Douglas Florian is well-known for combining poetry, art, and science in books that have wit, imagination, and an aesthetic sensibility.

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Douglas Florian an award-winning poet and fine artist who has had much success with poetry collections that he has both written and illustrated. Frequently using wordplay, rhythm, and rhyme in his poetry and crayons and paper bags in his illustrations, he consistently uses humor to engage his young audience. He has written and illustrated two I Like to Read books for Holiday House, Pig Is Big on Books and Pig and Cat Are Pals. He has read his poetry at Carnegie Hall, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Poets House, and The White House, and his abstract paintings have been exhibited in numerous solo and group shows. He lives and works in New York City.


There are lots of surprises in the inventive wordplay along with twisted syntax that gets the point across while invoking giggles from young readers. . . . Florian is a master of light verse with a purpose, and he matches it with art that charms. Thoughtful, fun, and delightful.--Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

The delightful illustrations are a highlight. . . . . a terrific example of poetry and the wonder of the natural world.--School Library Journal Informative facts about the regions and animals appear as mini notes below each poem . . . Florian's signature impressionistic illustrations in colored pencils and oil pastels add verve. --The Horn Book In typical Florian fashion, the rhythmic poems, mostly told from the animal's perspective, use rhyme, wit, and occasional puns to give kids a taste of the animal's physical characteristics, habitat, diet, adaptations, or other special traits. . . . As always, much of the humor comes from Florian's distinctive, childlike mixed-media illustrations on paper-bag backgrounds. The final poem, 'Climate Change, ' urges young readers to care for these animals and their environments. A funny yet socially conscious collection. --Booklist
The poet's quick rhyming lines and Ogden Nash-like love of a concluding pun on are full display here.--The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Florian's trademark whimsical art complements poems about life in the polar regions and the animals native to those environs . . . clever free verse poems include snippets of information that will make young readers eager to learn more.--School Library Connection

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