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Nest, Nook & Cranny

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By: Susan Blackaby / Illustrated by: Jamie Hogan

What's your habitat?

From tongue-in-cheek sonnets to lyrical free verse, this collection of poems explores the many kinds of home animals make for themselves. Readers experience different habitats--desert, grasslands, shoreline, wetland, and woodland--and the animals that call them home.

Jamie Hogan's expressive line art complements this clever anthology. Back matter provides more information on the highlighted habitats, poetic forms, and the writing process.

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Author & Illustrator Bios:

Susan Blackaby, author

Susan Blackaby is the author of Rembrandt's Hat (Houghton Mifflin), named a Top Ten Picture Book of the Year by the Washington Post, as well as many leveled readers for the educational market. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

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Jamie Hogan, illustrator

Jamie Hogan grew up in the White Mountains of New Hampshire and graduated from Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Illustration. She began her freelance career in Boston, with work appearing frequently in the Boston Globe. She taught editorial illustration at the Art Institute of Boston and became active in the Graphic Artists Guild. Her illustrations have been included in American Illustration, PRINT Magazine, Graphis, and the Society of Illustrators.

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Awards & Honors:

  • NY Public Library's Children's Books - 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing
  • The Lion and the Unicorn Award for Excellence in North American Poetry

Editorial Reviews:


This lively poetry collection pairs verse about animals with black-and-white drawings of creatures in their natural habitats. From sea to desert to wetland and forest, the various settings, accompanied by notes on nature, will grab young conservationists. The discussion of poetic forms may be too detailed for many grade-school readers, but the poems and informal explanations about cinquains, sonnets, triolets, villanelles, and many more show how taut form can intensify meaning, while the examples of onomatopoeia demonstrate how much fun sounds can be to read aloud: "Ducks Quack! Quack! are careful when they choose/ A marshy place Quack! Quack! to raise their broods." Teachers will welcome the extensive final notes on animal habitats and poetic forms for science and creative-writing classes.

School Library Journal

Blackaby's descriptive untitled poems about mammals, insects, and birds are arranged in sections by habitat--desert, grasslands, shoreline, wetland, woodland--in sketchbook format, along with accomplished realistic charcoal pencil drawings on textured paper. Each short section of three to six poems begins with a two-page drawing of the habitat. The clever, informative rhymes include carefully researched details about animal behavior--creatures that carry their homes; what otters and herons eat; the habitats of ducks; hiding places for bugs. There is a brief descriptive paragraph on each of the five habitats. A poem-by-poem discussion of how appropriate poetic form and devices were chosen for each piece provides valuable coaching and inspiration for students to try their own hand at creating verse. This is a special book that teachers will find useful and nature lovers will treasure.


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ISBN: 978-1-58089-350-3

ISBN: 978-1-60734-185-7 PDF
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Ages: 9-12
Page count: 60
51/2 x 81/4

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