Meow Ruff: A Story in Concrete Poetry

Meow Ruff: A Story in Concrete Poetry


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On a clear, sunny day, a small adventure begins. First, a dog slips joyfully out of his house. Next a car pulls up to the curb, leaving a white cat alone. Then, slowly, a storm begins to brew over the park.

Watch as an unlikely friendship takes shape in this one-of-a-kind book that combines story, art, and delightful concrete poetry.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780618448944
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 04/03/2006
Edition description: None
Pages: 32
Product dimensions: 10.25(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range: 4 - 7 Years

About the Author

The Newbery Honor winner Joyce Sidman is today's foremost nature poet for children.  Accolades for her books include two Caldecott Honors, a Lee Bennet Hopkins Award, winner of the Claudia Lews Award, and many stars and best of lists.  For her award-winning body of work, she won the Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children. She lives in Wayzata, Minnesota. Visit

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Meow Ruff: A Story in Concrete Poetry 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
adge73 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Too busy! I can't make any sense of it.
derbygirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
(poetry, easy) Dog has escaped from home and is set out for fun adventure outdoors. Cat has been dumped from a car. Dog and cat come across each other in a park just as a big storm is to be let loose. Will dog and cat be enemies or will they find unexpected shelter in each other's arms? I loved this book. It is a wonderful example of concrete poetry to show children. It was my first viewing of the book and I was surprised how Sidman was able to creep words/poetic verse into every little nook and cranny! Each page had a small surprise on it. The ants, the beetles, the birds, twigs, leaves and even the clouds had something to say. Not to mention the sidewalk, the grass and the picnic table! What fun! I enjoyed how Sidman changed the words on the clouds, the tree stump, the tree leaves, the picnic tables the storm started and increased. Children will love this book. An interactive way to share this book with children who can read is to have them come up and take turns reading the different "parts'. An obvious class activity would be to create their own concrete poetry. Joyce Sidman is fast becoming one of my favorite children's poets.