A Whiff of Pine, a Hint of Skunk: A Forest of Poems by Deborah Ruddell

336368001Lynn: If you like your poetry served up with a smile, this is a book for you. The cover of A Whiff of Pine, a Hint of Skunk (S&S/Margaret McElderry 2009) pulled us in immediately as the boys and I had to see where that skunk was going. We sampled one poem and then another, led on by the fun poetry and Joan Rankin’s wonderful watercolor illustrations and were at the end before we knew it. Animals are a big draw with my grandsons and these clever poems are perfectly child-centered. What first grader hasn’t traced his hand to draw a picture of a turkey? The poem from the insulted turkey made us all laugh. Our favorite has to be Toad’s Lunch – a poem perfectly designed to elicit a chorus of “Yuck” and “Ewww” from readers. High praise indeed!toad

Cindy: Most of the poems are funny–like the one about the busy squirrels who deserve a lah-di-dah spa just for them with “pedicures for all four feet.” But some are quiet and serious, making the reader pause to contemplate the regal animal and the peace that can be found in nature. All of the poems, silly or not, provide interesting details about the animals’ habits and habitat. Throughout the book, the flora and fauna are being respectfully observed by children of all colors…a nice touch.

nonfictionmondayHead over to Wild About Nature for this week’s Nonfiction Monday children’s book blog round-up! They even have a book give-away contest today! Free books? Did someone say Free BOOKS?



About the Author:

Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan are Booklist reviewers and middle-school librarians who have chaired both ALA’s Best Books for Young Adults and the Michael L. Printz Award for YA Literature committees. Follow Bookends on Twitter at @BookendsBlog. You can also find Cindy at @cdobrez and Lynn at @482april.

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  1. This looks like a great one. I’m definitely going to check it out. Thanks for adding some poetry to Non-fiction Monday.

  2. I love your blog! Thanks for such lively reviews. =)

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