Title: Animal Poems: Give Me Instead of a Card
Author: Nicola Davies
Illustrator: Mark Hearld
Publisher: Wakler Books
Genre: Children’s poetry, Nature – animals
Book format: Paperback, Greetings card
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Description: The wiggling tails of lambs in spring; chirruping crickets in summer; a family of ducks, hurrying your way on a winter’s day… This pocket-sized anthology of poems makes a perfect card for any time of year.

*Free copy provided by publisher for review…

Review: This is a fun little gift to give someone instead of just a simple greetings card. The original Animal Poems is a book and I believe this small card holds a selection of a few of the poems from the original book. This little booklet is about the size of an average square greetings card and is not too thick (not too many pages) so it won’t cost more in postage than a traditional card. The book comes in a plastic outer pocket and also comes with an envelope. The booklet itself has thick card covers with thick matt paper inside.

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On the first page inside the booklet there is space to write a message, the space fills the whole page so there is more than enough room to write whatever you would normally put into a card. After that each page or double page features a poem plus some very cute and lovely illustrations. All the poems are about different animals, from what you find in a pond to lambs, chickens, moths and more.

Only one of the poems really rhymes, the others don’t and although they are called poems, some of them are more like descriptions of things, such as the poem ‘Five Reasons to Keep Chickens’, it literally lists five reasons why chickens are great to keep – including a very sweet reason involving the rooster that’s pictured on that page. While many of the poems are rhyming in nature they do talk about interesting things and along with the illustrations I can see children becoming interested and maybe even facinated by the animals mentioned in the booklet.

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The pictures make this booklet perfect for me and really make me want to look at it more that once. Every page is filled with colour, with the words of the poems placed among the illustrations. Every animal looks lovely and there’s something so engaging with these pictures, they are so colourful and I just love looking back at them.

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I haven’t read the book ‘Animal Poems’ but it’s definitely made me curious to have a read or it now. This small collection of poems, ade into a card, really does make a lovely alternative to a greetings card. It’s both a card and a small gift at the same time and with such lovely illustrations it will definitely make you want to look at it more than once.


What do you think about these alternatives to the traditional greetings card?  Would you send this card to someone?  Do you still send things through traditional post these days?  Let me know what you think in the comments below 🙂