Birds and Beasts

William Jay Smith, Author, Jacques Hnizdovsky, Illustrator, Jacques Hnizdovsky, Photographer David R. Godine Publisher $18.95 (44p) ISBN 978-0-87923-865-0
Some of the 29 poems in this letterpress edition are new, others are shuffled in from Smith's previously published work. The resulting potpourri is so diverse that it seems a collection of various writers rather than a unified assortment in Smith's splendid voice. The poems vary from the nonsensical (``If you should see / A spotted Cow go flying by / Above a pawpaw tree'') to the descriptive (``With tail atilt like a violincello, / Comes the Squirrel musically.''), but few match the verve and deft humor of Hnizdovsky's crisp black-and-white woodcuts that deftly characterize each animal. Ages 3-7. (Dec.)
Reviewed on: 10/01/1990
Release date: 10/01/1990
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