Whiff of Pine
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"Twenty-three evocative poems about forest
animals, beautifully illustrated ...
An excellent collection
with broad age appeal"
(Kirkus, Starred Review)
A WHIFF OF PINE, A HINT OF SKUNK
a forest of poems
Illustrated by Joan Rankin
Simon & Schuster/McElderry Books, 2009
Take a lighthearted romp through four seasons in the forest with
these whimsical poems. Marvel at the overachieving beaver,
applaud the race-winning snail and its perfect trail of slime,
or head off to be pampered at a squirrel spa.
Warning: Deborah Ruddell’s quirky cast of animal characters and
Joan Rankin’s deliciously daffy pictures will cause giggles. The
woods have never been so much fun!
2010 International Reading Association
(IRA) Teachers' Choice Book
ALA 2010 Notable Children’s Books
School Library Journal Best Books of 2009
The Bulletin Blue Ribbon Books
Junior Library Guild Selection
2010 NCTE/CLA Notable Children's Books in the Language Arts
Bank Street Best Books of the Year
The Bulletin of The Center for Children’s Books,
“Deborah Ruddell’s first book for children, the poetic
bird-themed collection Today at the Bluebird Café, had the
assurance of old masters in the field such as Douglas Florian.
Now she’s proved it was no fluke with A Whiff of Pine, a Hint of
Skunk, another stellar poetical overview of the wild world …
Ruddell has now firmly established herself as a poet of
impeccable craft, and young listeners and readers will be happy
to join her for this walk in the woods.”
School Library Journal, Starred Review
"Another winner from the accomplished duo that created Today at
the Bluebird Cafe ... Perfect for sharing aloud."