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A Whiff of Pine, a Hint of Skunk: A Forest of Poems

by Deborah Ruddell
Illustrated by Joan Rankin

Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2009
32 pages
ISBN: 978-1-4169-4211-5

Ages 4 - 8

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Whimsy abounds in a medley of poems about forest creatures and nature in the woods. Deborah Ruddell offers up a “Biography of a Beaver” (“Bucktoothed Cleaver / Tree Retriever…Waterproof Weaver…”), a “Proposal for a Squirrel Spa” (“someplace very la-di-dah, / with all the walnuts she can eat / and pedicures for all four feet”), and other smile-inducing rhymes. But she also pauses for moments of thoughtful reflection, as in “The Forest’s Royal Family”: “the deer inspect their royal grounds— / their breezy castles rising high, / their kingdom built of trees and sky.” The quirky quality of many of the illustrations is well-matched to the playful tone of the accompanying poems, while other images emphasize nature’s beauty. CCBC Categories: Poetry  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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