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A Barnyard Bestiary.

A Barnyard Bestiary. David Bouchard (Kimball Allen's paintings). Custer WA: Orca Books (800-210-277), 1999. Hardcover, 32pp., $14.95.

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.
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Title Annotation:Review
Author:Marantz, Ken
Publication:School Arts
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Apr 1, 2000
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