Dear Wandering Wildebeest
And Other Poems from the Water Hole
Welcome wildebeest / and beetle, / Oxpecker and lion. / This water hole is yours. / It offers you oasis / beside its shrinking shores.
Spend a day at a water hole on the African grasslands. From dawn to nightfall, animals come and go. Giraffes gulp, wildebeest graze, impalas leap, vultures squabble, and elephants wallow. Fact sidebars support the poems about the animals and their environment. Imaginative illustrations from Anna Wadham complete this delightful collection.
|Interest Level||Grade 3 - Grade 6|
|Reading Level||Grade 4|
|Publisher||Lerner Publishing Group|
|Imprint||Millbrook Press ™|
|Number of Pages||32|
|BISACS||JNF003000, JNF051150, JNF042000|
|Dimensions||9.75 x 9.75|
|Guided Reading Level||S|
|ATOS Reading Level||5.0|
|Accelerated Reader® Quiz||166401|
|Accelerated Reader® Points||0.5|
|Features||Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Original artwork, Reviewed, and Starred Reviews|
- SCBWI Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award Honor Book
- ILA Lee Bennett Hopkins Promising Poet Award
- Cybils Finalist
- Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year
- NCTE Notable Poetry List
African animals gather at a watering hole in this collection of pithy, informative poems that revel in wordplay. Large, expressive illustrations complement the text, making this ideal for both classroom use and independent reading.
Library Media Connection
“[F]un, descriptive poems about intriguing animals…presented in an entertaining, light manner with playful illustrations.”―Library Media Connection
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
“Fifteen poems capture the denizens of the African water hole, from impalas and elephants to oxpecker birds and dung beetles. Entries vary between rhymed and unrhymed, but all are compact, rhythmic, and short-lined, with frequent tasty soundplay (‘white tackles/ in a rugby tangle’) that will enhance readaloud pleasure.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“A fine volume of verse for independent reading or sharing with a class.” —Booklist
“An assured and often amusing grouping of verse that informs as it entertains.” —Publishers Weekly
“Latham’s finely crafted verse, at once humorous and serious, dazzlingly opens the imagination to the wilds of the world. Enlightening and engaging, a thrilling panorama of the diversity to be found throughout the animal kingdom.” —starred, Kirkus Reviews
School Library Journal
“This will be a much-sought-after book for teaching reading and inquiry skills…. A strong choice.” —starred, School Library Journal
Illustrator: Anna Wadham
Anna Wadham is the illustrator of several picture books and has an MA in children's book illustration. She lives in Norwich, England, where she enjoys the rooftop views from her flat and the city cafes.
Author: Irene Latham
Irene Latham is the author of more than a dozen current and forthcoming works of poetry, fiction, and picture books, including Charlotte Huck Honor Book Can I Touch Your Hair? Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship (co-written with Charles Waters). Winner of the 2016 ILA Lee Bennett Hopkins Promising Poet Award, she became obsessed with octopuses after reading The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery. Just like Agnes, she enjoys sending—and receiving—postcards. Visit her at www.irenelatham.com.