A Barnyard Bestiary.
A Barnyard Bestiary. David Bouchard (Kimball Allen's
paintings). Custer WA: Orca Books (800-210-277), 1999. Hardcover, 32pp.,
A dozen creatures, a few now extinct, are called to our attention
in accessible poems in which each one reflects on it life and hints at
its relationships with humans. The bison, ostrich, blonde Mangalitza
pig, border collie, and others tell rather philosophical stories often
questioning their fates. Full-page paintings present their ways to
emphasize their special attributes: the turkey's red wattle against
its puffy brown feathers; a team of Shire horses powerful in their
fieldwork; a pensive collie resting but alert. Naturalistic portraits
add strength to the animals' monologs. We can gain insights into
our carnivorous nature in these pages.