Using the format of an alphabetical parade of animals, the author reveals how the poetic imagination links the worlds of humans and animals. In literature, animals have often served as metaphors for human conduct and emotions. The poems presented here follow in that tradition and explore a wide range of human experiences: vanity, deception, self-delusion, altruism, loyalty, and hope, to name a few. That these qualities find correspondence in both humans and animals provides both pleasure and insight. Additionally, such contemporary themes as political correctness, identity theft, and surgical makeovers are also captured by the author's incisive pen.
Though these poems are written for animal lovers of all ages, parents and children reading together will discover many enjoyable opportunities to discuss the real life situations and challenges presented in each poem. Teachers will find this work a valuable tool for classroom discussions.
The range of style in the poems varies from the classic fable to a charming animal monologue. The closing lines often end with an unexpected 'twist" or with words of wisdom. The subjects are treated with a light, humorous touch. The author clearly has fun with language as reflected in her creative rhymes and linguistic word-play. Original illustrations by the author offer visual entertainment beyond the poetic text.