Adder, Bluebell, Lobster: Wild Poems

Publisher: Oteer-Barry Books

Review

There is much to savour in this wide-ranging poetry anthology about all things wild. Written in response to the removal of many nature-related words from the Oxford Junior Dictionary, each of the forty poems is about one of these 'missing' words.

Using a variety of styles, such as haikus and shape poems, and a mixture of witty, poignant and lyrical verse, each featured plant or animal is given a distinct personality. Meet the bossy beetroot, with its velvet texture, painting everything it touches with deep maroon juice; imagine a solitary lark, spilling notes from high skies; or reflect upon the redness of the thin, papery petals of a poppy.  

Accompanied by black and white illustrations, this entertaining collection can be enjoyed in the classroom, at home, or in the great outdoors and will encourage young readers to wonder at the language and objects to be found in the natural world. 

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