Mammalabilia

Bibliographic Information: Florian, Douglas. Mammalabilia. Orlando: Voyager, 2004. Print.

Brief Annotation: This book is comprised of twenty-one poems and paintings about animals. Animals from aardvarks and mules to elephants and porcupines are playfully written about.

Genre: Fiction (Poetry)

Grade Level: K-4

Reader who will like this: I definitely feel as though younger readers would enjoy this children’s book, as it is full of playfully witty poems about animals. It may be too juvenile for upper elementary students.

Rating/Response: 4 – This book is wonderful and the illustrations are beautiful and highly detailed. That being said, I feel as though this book could be improved by including scientific tidbits about each animal in addition to the poems. Regardless, this story would be a great intro to a poetry unit for younger students.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: This is a book of poems written about animals. What types of information about the animals do you think we will see in the poems and why?

Reading Strategy: Visualization

Rationale for Strategy: Although there are wonderful illustrations to accompany each poem, the silliness within the language used throughout will surely create mental images in students’ minds. It would be fun to read the poems aloud and to have students create their own illustrations without seeing the illustrations in the book.

Posted by: Emma Henke

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