The Warthog

by Barry Louis Polisar

The Warthog by Barry Louis Polisar

Warthogs are not graceful,
I state with much regret.
They do not make good dancers.
They cannot pirouette.

You’ll never see one take a bow
At some recital hall,
And yet the other warthogs
Still love them, warts and all.

  — Barry Louis Polisar

Copyright © 1993. All Rights Reserved. From Peculiar Zoo. Rainbow Morning Music. Illustration by David Clark. Reprinted by permission of the author.

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From Peculiar Zoo

Written entirely in verse and filled with intriguing facts about an extraordinary array of uncommon animals, this collection of poems and illustrations introduce children to some of the oddest creatures in the animal kingdom, including many rare and endangered species. Young readers will discover the Numbat, who has more teeth than any other animal, but swallows his food whole; the Proboscis Monkey with its long nose that it must move out of the way in order to eat; and the Naked Mole Rat, who is pictured stretched out on a divan, shielding herself with feathers. The poems in this book were featured on Barbara Bush’s national radio show on ABC, Mrs. Bush’s Story Time.

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About the Author

A five-time Parents’ Choice Award winner, Barry Louis Polisar has recorded and shared his songs, poems, stories, and books with audiences throughout the world.

Barry performs his songs on two different Grammy Award- winning albums and sings his song All I Want is You in the opening credits of the film JUNO. He has written songs for Sesame Street and The Weekly Reader and starred in a television show for children that won two Emmy awards.

Barry has performed at The White House, The Smithsonian, and The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. He gives concerts and author visits in schools, theatres, and museums from Washington DC to Fairbanks, Alaska.

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