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Hidden City
Poems of Urban Wildlife

Ages 4 to 8
HARDCOVER; Published: 3/8/2018
ISBN: 978-0-8028-5459-9
Price: $ 18.99
48 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 9 x 12
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A poetic book highlighting everyday nature

The perfect blend of science and poetry, Hidden City demonstrates that nature can thrive anywhere, even in highly populated areas. In this graceful collection of poems, skyscrapers serve as perches for falcons, streetlights attract an insect buffet for hungry bats, and an overgrown urban lot offers shelter to both flora and fauna. Hidden City also includes engageing supplementary materials, which provide scientific information about the animals and plants featured in the book.

Coupled with beautiful collage illustrations, the poems in Hidden City offer readers the perfect reminder to notice and care about their environment. 


2019 Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI) Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award

2019 National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Notable Poetry Books List

2020 Rhode Island Children's Book Award Nominee

Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Awards 2020 List

 California Reading Association Eureka! Gold Award (2018)

New York Public Library Best Books for Kids 2018

2019 CCBC Choices best-of-the-year selection—Poetry

2019 Bank Street College Best Children’s Books of the Year


Kirkus Reviews
"Paired with Schimler-Safford's breathtaking digital collages, Tuttle's 28 free-verse poems and engaging end notes center on representatives from the plant, animal, and insect kingdoms commonly found in North American urban and suburban settings. . . . This celebration of urban wildlife subtly informs as it delights."
"Bright collage illustrations capture the frenetic energy of city life, offering up levels of detail that will entertain kids through repeated readings. . . . An exuberant, early-STEM romp that celebrates the environment."
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Twenty-eight free-verse poems treat the often underappreciated flora and fauna of cities. . . . Short-lined verse cleverly employs sound effects, repetition, and pattern to add interest. . . . Digital collage illustrations turn the poems into luminous slices of beauty."
School Library Journal
"This enjoyable collection introduces a wide variety of urban wildlife in an accessible way."
Spirituality & Practice
"Cities may have lots of buildings and concrete streets, but they are also homes to plants, trees, birds, mammals, insects, and other examples of "nature." You just have to know where to look. This book, with gorgeous collage illustrations by Amy Schimler-Safford, is a good start."
School Library Journal
"Blending the worlds of science and poetry, Tuttle offers 28 poems highlighting wildlife that can be found in urban environments. Schimler-Safford's digital collages stretch across the pages, saturating the text with colors and movement."