Charming couplets about animal couplets
"Twosomes: Love Poems from the Animal Kingdom"
By Marilyn Singer, illustrated by Lee Wildish
(Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2010: 24 pages, $7.99, ages 4-8)
Do animals fall in love? Poet Marilyn Singer thinks they do, and imagines their conversations of courtship in this sweet little book of punny couplets. Clever wordplay highlights romantic declarations from various animals, porpoises to porcupines. "Hugging you takes some practice," says one spiky suitor, "I'll start out with a cactus." An earnest earthworm pledges, "We're perfect together, I guarantee / that I dig you and you dig me."
Lee Wildish's illustrations are full of expression and humor, complementing the lighthearted love poems perfectly.
100 love poems, reflecting experiences as different as the teenagers who penned them
"Falling Hard: 100 Love Poems by Teens"
By Betsy Franco
(Candlewick Press, 2010: 160 pages, $6.99, ages 14+)
With themes ranging from yearning and first love to heartbreak and loss, this collection-shared by teens for teens-discloses deeply personal emotions and universal truths. "I still can't imagine / Why he won't believe me / When I tell him / All I've had to drink tonight / Is you," writes one contributor of the exhilaration of attraction. Tender, funny, sweet and tragic, the topics reflect a broad cross-section of today's teen experience that resonates no matter the reader's age, gender or sexual orientation.
Parents should be aware of some profanity and topics such as sex, drug use and cutting.