Poets Jane Yolen and Rebecca Kai Dotlich take on the Western canon of fairy tales in their sly, wry, joint collection Grumbles from the Forest (Boyds Mills, $16.95). For each beloved piece of lore, they offer poems in the voices of different characters. Major and minor players are equally represented, giving the reader a range of fresh and surprising perspectives. We hear from the princess and the pea. There’s Jack with his beanstalk, but also the Giant’s Wife. And these are not your familiar Disney characters: the dark, eerily gorgeous paintings of illustrator Matt Mahurin recall the grim origins of many of these Grimm tales. Ages 7-12. EMS

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Published: Wordsong - March 1st, 2013

For daydreamer Gabriella, words are both a way to make sense of things, including her parents’ split and her new school, and a way to escape, briefly, into memory and fancy. Luckily, Gabriella finds a teacher who knows how to harness a daydream’s power. The concise language of Nikki Grimes’s simple and affecting novel in verse, Words with Wings (Wordsong, $15.95), lets the book’s tiny moments tell a bigger story about the power of words and the people who foster a love for them. Young writers and readers will identify with the narrator; teachers will find the book an unintimidating introduction to poetry with ample possibilities for creative-writing extensions, perfect for the verse averse. Ages 8-12. ACD

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J. Patrick Lewis, the U.S. Children’s Poet Laureate, seeks to teach the value of thinking like a poet and encourages children’s imaginations to run wild in his editing of the National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry: 200 Poems with Photographs that Squeak, Soar, and Roar! (National Geographic, $24.95). The animals are categorized as big, little, winged, strange, quiet, or noisy and brought to vivid life with the high-quality photography we expect from National Geographic. From the lighthearted description of a butterfly by Benjamin Franklin to the mysterious Inuit poem about the long-ago time when people and animals spoke the same language, this is a collection to share or quietly contemplate alone. Lewis’s own concluding poem, “Make the Earth Your Companion,” and the abundance of indexes and resources about writing poems further enhance this anthology that is perfect for both home and school. All ages. MAG
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