Hidden city Poems of urban wildlife

Sarah Grace Tuttle

Book - 2018

"A poetic book highlighting everyday nature The perfect blend of science and poetry, Hidden City demonstrates that nature can thrive anywhere, even in highly populated areas. In this graceful collection of poems, skyscrapers serve as perches for falcons, streetlights attract an insect buffet for hungry bats, and an overgrown urban lot offers shelter to both flora and fauna.Coupled with beautiful collage illustrations, the poems in Hidden City offer readers the perfect reminder to notice and... care about their environment"--

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Subjects
Genres
Nature poetry
Picture books
Published
Grand Rapids, Michigan : Eerdmans Books for Young Readers 2018.
Language
English
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 32 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN
9780802854599
0802854591
Main Author
Sarah Grace Tuttle (author)
Other Authors
Amy Schimler (illustrator)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Science and poetry intersect in this journey through the lives of flora and fauna that make their home close to humans. From the moss in the sidewalk cracks ("delicate shoots / for shoes to / tread on / break off / carry away") to peregrine falcons on window ledges ("She clutches the edge of her nest, / bobs her head, / and then / flap! flap-flap flaps her wings"), there's a surprising multitude of plants and animals living in urban and suburban areas. These joyful poems examine spots of life: a community garden in an empty lot, a family of raccoons scouting for food in the trash, a cluster of ladybugs on the side of a house. The bright collage illustrations capture the frenetic energy of city life, offering up levels of detail that will entertain kids through repeated readings. For the science inclined, a final spread offers up additional fun facts about every plant and animal mentioned, along with some further reading suggestions. An exuberant, early-STEM romp that celebrates the environment. Grades K-2. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Debut author Tuttle and illustrator Schimler-Safford celebrate the plants and creatures that thrive in cities and towns in 27 understated poems and richly textured digital illustrations. Tuttle packs notable tension into her pared-down poems, which move subtly through the seasons. In one moody spread, "little brown bats/ hunt/ with a/ dart!/ and a/ swoop!/ and a hasty/ wing-scoop!" beneath a streetlight's glare; on the facing page, a harvestman (daddy long legs) "splits open its body" as it molts, "leaving behind only/ an empty exoskeleton." Elsewhere, a red-tailed blackbird chases away a hawk to protect its marsh nest, and ant colonies wage war on the sidewalk ("Antennae wave/ legs grip/ mandibles rip"). Readers will be left realizing that nature's miniature dramas are closer than they think. Ages 4–8. Author's agent: Anna Olswanger, Olswanger Literary. Illustrator's agent: Marietta Zacker, Gallt & Zacker Literary. (Mar.) Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

PreS-Gr 2—The city pulses with nature in this collection of 27 short poems that take a closer look at the habits of many plants, insects, birds, and animals. Beginning with a mother mouse scurrying back and forth under the table with scraps of paper to build her nest, the poems deftly steer readers through the cycle of a year. Dandelions sprout at the bus stop bench, and pigeons "strut/turn/dip" in a courtship dance. Community gardens grow, and raccoon kits learn how to hunt for dinner in garbage cans ("place paws firmly and/push /push again/push again/until/CRASH!/ a feast spills out of the bin."). Large spreads of bright collagelike digital art subtly introduce the seasonal shifts, while the poetry uses sound, imagery, and a little humor to make each flora or fauna recognizable and part of the natural rhythm of the city. As winter settles in, the slim volume closes where it began, inside a human residence. There, a house cricket on a heating vent chirps a "Winter Song" to call his mate. The author has a background in environmental studies, and the book's back matter includes a small bibliography for further reading and "Fun Facts about the Wildlife in These Poems" with a fascinating extra piece of information about each poem's subject. VERDICT This enjoyable collection introduces a wide variety of urban wildlife in an accessible way. A great addition.—Julie Roach, Cambridge Public Library, MA Copyright 2018 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Collects poems that illustrate how nature can thrive anywhere, even in urban environments, including such examples as falcons that perch on skyscrapers, streetlights that attract insects for hungry bats, and flowers growing in an overgrown lot.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

"This collection of poems celebrates the wonders of nature in an urban setting"--

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Science-themed poems illuminate examples of nature thriving in urban environments, from falcons that perch on skyscrapers and streetlights that attract insects for hungry bats to the flora and fauna that shelter in an overgrown lot, in a collection that also features supplementary facts about the poems' natural-world subjects.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

"A poetic book highlighting everyday nature The perfect blend of science and poetry, Hidden City demonstrates that nature can thrive anywhere, even in highly populated areas. In this graceful collection of poems, skyscrapers serve as perches for falcons,streetlights attract an insect buffet for hungry bats, and an overgrown urban lot offers shelter to both flora and fauna. Hidden City also includes engageing supplementary materials, which provide scientific information about the animals and plants featured in the book. Coupled with beautiful collage illustrations, the poems in Hidden City offer readers the perfect reminder to notice and care about their environment"--

Review by Publisher Summary 5

A poetic book highlighting everyday natureThe perfect blend of science and poetry, Hidden City demonstrates that nature can thrive anywhere, even in highly populated areas. In this graceful collection of poems, skyscrapers serve as perches for falcons, streetlights attract an insect buffet for hungry bats, and an overgrown urban lot offers shelter to both flora and fauna. Hidden City also includes engageing supplementary materials, which provide scientific information about the animals and plants featured in the book.Coupled with beautiful collage illustrations, the poems in Hidden City offer readers the perfect reminder to notice and care about their environment. 

Review by Publisher Summary 6

A poetic book highlighting everyday natureThe perfect blend of science and poetry, Hidden City demonstrates that nature can thrive anywhere, even in highly populated areas. In this graceful collection of poems, skyscrapers serve as perches for falcons, streetlights attract an insect buffet for hungry bats, and an overgrown urban lot offers shelter to both flora and fauna. Hidden City also includes engageing supplementary materials, which provide scientific information about the animals and plants featured in the book.Coupled with beautiful collage illustrations, the poems in Hidden City offer readers the perfect reminder to notice and care about their environment.