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A Crossing of Zebras: Animal Packs in Poetry

A Crossing of Zebras: Animal Packs in Poetry


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You've probably heard the phrase a school of fish. But what about a rumba of rattlesnakes, an army of ants, or a crash of rhinos? Derived from both oral and written traditions, collective nouns go back centuries. These terms not only charm us with their sound, but they provide a bit of insight into animal behavior. Readers can find these and other terms—from alley cats to zebras—in fourteen thought-provoking poems by Marjorie Maddox. She and artist Philip Huber create a wonderful combination of rich wordplay and captivating art that piques the imagination.

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ISBN-13: 9781532697319
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 12/13/2019
Pages: 34
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.09(d)
Age Range: 4 - 6 Years

About the Author

Marjorie Maddox has published eleven collections of poetry, the story collection What She Was Saying, and four children’s books, including I’m Feeling Blue, Too! (also illustrated by Philip Huber), Rules of the Game: Baseball Poems (illustrated by John Sandford), and Inside Out: Poems on Writing and Reading Poems with Insider Exercises. She is a professor of English and creative writing at Lock Haven University. For more information see

Philip Huber is a Fulbright scholar and professor of art at Lock Haven University. He developed his scratchboard technique while pursuing a master’s degree in illustration and a master of fine arts degree in visual communications at Syracuse University. His illustrations and photographs have been published in the United States and abroad. He lives with his family in central Pennsylvania.

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