Sunday, April 29, 2018

806 (2018 #29). Hidden City


by Sarah Grace Tuttle,
illustrated by Amy Schimler-Safford


Hidden City: Poems of Urban Wildlife, is a collection of 28 short free-verse poems for children with gorgeous illustrations.  Each poem - many of which are spare like haiku or shaped like concrete poems - describes one animal or plant that lives in an urban area. 

The author, Sarah Grace Tuttle, has degrees in environmental studies and English as well as a master's in writing for children.  The vibrant artwork of Amy Schimler-Safford has a collage-like feel to it, but was all created digitally.

The book ends with brief fun facts about each of the poem's subjects, and a short reading list.  I had no idea dandelions make more flowers and healthier seeds when there is more carbon dioxide in the air, or that sunflowers remove toxic metals and radiation from the soil!

© Amanda Pape - 2018

[This hardbound book was received from the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program and will be added to my university library's collection.]

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