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Ahhh… Valentine’s Day!! Love it or hate, it is a time-honoured tradition that has inspired some of the most memorable poetry from both classic and contemporary writers. For our prize, we are offering TWO winners (one from the United States and one from Canada) TWO books each that have one thing in common: they both contain collections of poetry all about l’amour. The first book is the newly-released collection of family-friendly poems, all featuring animals, by Robert L. Forbes (yes, of the famous Forbes family) entitled Beast Friends Forever: Animal Lovers in Rhyme. The second book is Leslie Pockell’s collection of the 100 Best Love Poems of all Time. Here’s a bit more about each book:
Author: Robert L. Forbes
Illustrator: Ronald Searle
Publisher: Overlook Duckworth
Recommended Ages: 8+
Summary: The beasts are back! If you haven’t heard, the whole animal kingdom is roaring its approval for Beast Friends Forever, this collection of delectable verses about animals both rascally and sweet. With delicious poems by Robert Forbes and zany illustrations of each poem by master artist Ronald Searle, these wildly playful rhymes and charmingly intricate illustrations will keep readers seven to seventy coming back again and again. The anteater (who is not a cheater), a brave meerkat named Lee, Bugsie Seagull, and Dapper Don the fox feature along with many others in this timeless collection.
My thoughts: Beast Friends Forever! contains a quirky collection of poems ranging in length from a few lines to over 12 verses all featuring a kooky assortment of animal characters including elephants, camels, seagulls, peacocks, raccoons, and many more all humorously illustrated by the distinguished cartoonist Ronald Searle. Beast Friends Forever! is Robert Forbes’ third book of poetry for children featuring all kinds of beastly delights.
The poems included in this book are all about love, but they do range in how love is portrayed or presented. For example, “Elephant Eloquence” contains sweet verse:
The call of a young mister elephant
To us doesn’t seem very elegant;
But oh for young maiden elephants,
The sound is sweet-honeyed eloquence.
In some cases, such as in “Lancelot the Ocelot”, love does not turn out so well:
Lancelot the Ocelot is caged and doing time.
His romance turned to tragedy, ending in a crime.
And then there’s a bit of naughtiness such as in “The Python”:
My friend Monty is a naughty python
Who met his wife in a python pile-on
When she emerged she had his pant on
And he, blushing, had her nylon on.
I gave this book a quick read by myself prior to deciding whether I wanted to read it aloud to my children. Given that this book is all about love (the good, the bad, and the ugly), there were some themes (loves gone wrong, seduction, lovers, cruising bars) that I prefer not to have to explain to my children at this time. So, while the poems are a fun read and the illustrations are fantastic, some of the themes may be more appropriate for older children. It depends what you are comfortable discussing with your children. While my daughter decided not to provide a review of this book, she did enjoy flipping through the book and reading through some of the poems.
My Bottom Line: I really enjoyed reading this quirky and fun book of poetry but I would have reservations about recommending it for younger children due to the more mature themes covered in the book. This book would make a great coffee table book to be displayed around Valentine’s Day.
Author: Leslie Pockell
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Summary: Words of Love …and seduction, heartbreak, adoration, and passion. Here in this portable treasury are the 100 most moving and memorable love poems of all time, each accompanied by an illuminating introduction. Revisit the Classics: “He Is More Than a Hero” by Sappho Sonnet 18 (“Let Me Not to the Marriage of True Minds”) by William Shakespeare “She Walks in Beauty” by Lord Byron Enjoy Old Favorites: “To My Dear and Loving Husband” by Anne Bradstreet “The Owl and the Pussycat” by Edward Lear “When I Was One and Twenty” by A. E. Housman Make Surprising Discoveries: “Your Catfish Friend” by Richard Brautigan “To Alice B. Toklas” by Gertrude Stein “Valentine” by Donald Hall “True Love” by Judith Viorst Carry this book wherever you go. It’s a perfect companion to read alone or to share with that special person in your life. The 100 Best Love Poems of all Time.
Prize: TWO winners (one from the U.S. and one from Canada) will receive one print copy of each of Beast Friends Forever! by Robert Forbes and 100 Best Love Poems of All Time by Leslie Pockell
Contest closes: February 11th, 11:59 pm, 2013
Open to: United States and Canada
How to enter: Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. We are keeping it really simple. Everyone gets one Easy Entry and there is only one other option for 5 extra entries. Email subscribers to the Mother Daughter Book Review website will get 5 extra entries in the draw.
Terms and Conditions: There will be two draws for two winners. Names will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget until there is one winner from the United States and one winner from Canada. The winners will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winners will have 72 hours to respond. If the winners do not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send us an email!