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Hidden City: Poems of Urban Wildlife
Contributor(s): Tuttle, Sarah Grace, Schimler-Safford, Amy (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0802854591     ISBN-13: 9780802854599
Publisher: Eerdmans Pub Co
    OUR PRICE: $15.30  
Product Type: School And Library
Published: March 2018
Annotation: Collects poems that illustrate how nature can thrive anywhere, even in urban environments, including such examples as falcons that perch on skyscrapers, streetlights that attract insects for hungry bats, and flowers growing in an overgrown lot.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Children's poetry, American.
Nature; Juvenile poetry.
JUVENILE NONFICTION / Poetry / General.; bisacsh
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Poetry
Dewey: 811/.6
LCCN: 2017028928
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 1-2, Age 6-7
Book type: Easy Non Fiction
Physical Information: 12.00" H x 9.00" W x 0.50" (1.35 lbs)
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s):

Sarah Grace Tuttle holds degrees in both environmental studies and children's book writing. Hidden City, her debut book, combines her passion for writing and dedication to ecology. She lives in Massachusetts, where she helps facilitate a local conservation group.

Amy Schimler-Safford is a designer and children’s book illustrator. She grew up in Miami, a city full of all kinds of unique plants and animals. She now lives in a wooded area in Georgia, where she frequently sees woodpeckers, beavers, herons, and deer. Visit her website at

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2018 Fall)
Flowers, birds, and small creatures abound--even in the shadows of tall buildings and bus stops--in this poetic celebration of nature in the city. The detailed digital-collage illustrations beg readers to slow down and ponder their bright colors and small intricacies, while short poems exalt familiar sights such as raccoons, pigeons, and even the gardener-maligned dandelion. Wildlife facts are appended. Reading list. Copyright 2018 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2018 February #1)

Debut author Tuttle and illustrator Schimler-Safford celebrate the plants and creatures that thrive in cities and towns in 27 understated poems and richly textured digital illustrations. Tuttle packs notable tension into her pared-down poems, which move subtly through the seasons. In one moody spread, "little brown bats/ hunt/ with a/ dart!/ and a/ swoop!/ and a hasty/ wing-scoop!" beneath a streetlight's glare; on the facing page, a harvestman (daddy long legs) "splits open its body" as it molts, "leaving behind only/ an empty exoskeleton." Elsewhere, a red-tailed blackbird chases away a hawk to protect its marsh nest, and ant colonies wage war on the sidewalk ("Antennae wave/ legs grip/ mandibles rip"). Readers will be left realizing that nature's miniature dramas are closer than they think. Ages 4–8. Author's agent: Anna Olswanger, Olswanger Literary. Illustrator's agent: Marietta Zacker, Gallt & Zacker Literary. (Mar.)

Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2018 April)

PreS-Gr 2—The city pulses with nature in this collection of 27 short poems that take a closer look at the habits of many plants, insects, birds, and animals. Beginning with a mother mouse scurrying back and forth under the table with scraps of paper to build her nest, the poems deftly steer readers through the cycle of a year. Dandelions sprout at the bus stop bench, and pigeons "strut/turn/dip" in a courtship dance. Community gardens grow, and raccoon kits learn how to hunt for dinner in garbage cans ("place paws firmly and/push /push again/push again/until/CRASH!/ a feast spills out of the bin."). Large spreads of bright collagelike digital art subtly introduce the seasonal shifts, while the poetry uses sound, imagery, and a little humor to make each flora or fauna recognizable and part of the natural rhythm of the city. As winter settles in, the slim volume closes where it began, inside a human residence. There, a house cricket on a heating vent chirps a "Winter Song" to call his mate. The author has a background in environmental studies, and the book's back matter includes a small bibliography for further reading and "Fun Facts about the Wildlife in These Poems" with a fascinating extra piece of information about each poem's subject. VERDICT This enjoyable collection introduces a wide variety of urban wildlife in an accessible way. A great addition.—Julie Roach, Cambridge Public Library, MA

Copyright 2018 School Library Journal.