Where Zebras Go

Where Zebras Go

by Sue Hardy-Dawson, illustrated by the poet

Otter-Barry Books £6.99 9781910959312

Shortlisted for CLiPPA 2018 

Photo: Michael Thorn

Sue Hardy-Dawson ranges across a variety of themes and poetic forms in her first solo collection. Shape poems are scattered throughout, their subject matter sometimes softly segueing into the surrounding stanzas. A shape poem about the recyclable Poe Tree is bordered by verses which provoke thinking about what we are doing to our planet. ‘A Shaggy Dog Story’ is preceded by a poem about a ‘garden wolf’ and followed by two more poems about dogs that pound city streets and share our lives.

Poetic forms and devices are humorously tackled in ‘Poetry Olympics Rules’ while shooting a goal takes shapely form in ‘How to Score a Penalty’. A poem simply entitled ‘Metaphor’ leads the way into several poems which thrive on inventive use of imagery.

The poems are narrated in a variety of voices, especially effective in a section which riffs on fairy tales. A frog princess tells her tale, the pied piper’s wife expresses her exasperation while an ugly sister pens a sonnet about sweet Cinderella. ‘Twenty Ways to Avoid Monsters and Mythical Beasts’ could be an excellent opener to a discussion about traditional tale tropes.

Teaching Sequences
Videos

'City Dogs' by Sue Hardy-Dawson

Sue Hardy-Dawson - City Dogs

'Old Foxy' by Sue Hardy-Dawson

Sue Hardy-Dawson - Old Foxy

'The Kiss' by Sue Hardy-Dawson

Sue Hardy-Dawson - The Kiss

'Hare's Night Song' by Sue Hardy-Dawson

Sue Hardy-Dawson - Hare's Night Song

'Planet for Sale' by Sue Hardy-Dawson

Sue Hardy-Dawson - Planet for Sale

'The Box' by Sue Hardy-Dawson

Sue Hardy-Dawson - The Box

'Rising Early' by Sue Hardy-Dawson

Sue Hardy-Dawson - Rising Early

Sturton-Le-Steeple_Year34_Where Zebras Go - Shadowing Winners

Sturton_Le_Steeple Primary - Shadowing Winners