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I Saw a Peacock with a Fiery Tail by Ramsingh Urveti

Do you remember the poem “I Saw a Peacock with a Fiery Tail”?  It’s a 17th century English poem included in classic anthologies of children’s poetry especially because it is a ‘trick verse’. Graphic designer, Jonathan Yamakami and illustrator Ramsingh Urveti have teamed up in I Saw a Peacock with a Fiery Tail to unlock the verse tricks that move from the surreal to the sensible. Urveti’s fine black and white pen drawings work effectively with strategically shaped and placed ‘cut outs’ to produce this unique visual masterpiece.   In addition to reading  I Saw a Peacock with a Fiery Tail with young children, this book would be excellent to use to springboard writing and design exercises with middle and high school students.  It could also be used with ESL students.  Highly recommended.

Amy P.

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