A Crossing of Zebras: Animal Packs in Poetry

By By Marjorie Maddox and Philip Huber (illustrator)

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Everyone has heard the phrase a school of fish. But what about a rumba of rattlesnakes,; an army of ants; or a crash of rhinos? Derived from both oral and written traditions, collective nouns go back centuries. These terms not only charm us with their sound, but they provide a bit of insight into animal behavior. Readers can find these and other terms--from alley cats to zebras--in fourteen thought-provoking poems by Marjorie Maddox. J 811 Ma
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