A Crossing of Zebras: Animal Packs in Poetry

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Boyds Mills Press, 2008 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 32 pages
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A poetic slant on collective nouns. Everyone has heard the phrase a school of fish. But what about a rumba of rattlesnakes, an army of ants, or a crash of rhinos? Derived from both oral and written traditions, collective nouns go back centuries. These terms not only charm us with their sound, but they provide a bit of insight into animal behavior. Readers can find these and other terms—from alley cats to zebras—in fourteen thought-provoking poems by Marjorie Maddox. She and artist Philip Huber create a wonderful combination of rich wordplay and captivating art that piques the imagination.

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User Review  - barbarashuler - LibraryThing

This book of poetry was wonderful reading! I enjoyed the illustrations as well. I picked this as part of my initial visit to the library as one of my poetry collections. Read full review

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User Review  - derbygirl - LibraryThing

(non fiction, poetry, picture book)Collective nouns depict through word and illustration various animal groupings of monkeys, snakes, cats, leopards, zebras and the like. Though I enjoyed the ... Read full review


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A Rumba of Rattlesnakes
An Army of Ants
A Leap of Leopards
A Scurry of Squirrels
A Note from the Author

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About the author (2008)

Marjorie Maddox is a professor of English and the director of creative writing at Lock Haven University. She has received a number of awards for her work, including an Academy of American Poets Prize and the Robert Chasen Poetry Prize from Cornell University as well as four Pushcart Prize nominations. She lives in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. 

Philip Huber is a Fulbright scholar and professor of art at Lock Haven University. His illustrations and photographs have been published in the United States and abroad. He lives in central Pennsylvania.

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