Hummingbird’s tumbling!


A Voweller’s Bestiary: From aardvark to guineafowl (and H)
JonArno Lawson
Porcupine’s Quill, 2008. 90 p.

Taking cues from Dr. Seuss, Richard Wilbur, bp Nichol, Christian Bo:k and others, JonArno Lawson offers a book for children (and their adults) based on a love of wordplay and the self-imposed restrictions of the lipogram—words and sentences using only a limited set of vowels.

A Voweller’s Bestiary is an alphabet book based on vowel combinatiuons, rather than initial letters.
Consider:

Iguana burial rituals
Languish,
Causing iguanas
Spiritual anguish.

Or:

Aloof racoons gambol across woodlands
Accost stoats, goad toads
Loaf among oaks, swallow acorns,
Also oats.
Wanton racoon oafs, amok
Adopt gloam’s cloak:
Roam along
Afloat almost.

Add to these lighthearted poems Lawson’s charming illustrations and you have a book that will delight children as it teaches them about the sounds of language.

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One thought on “Hummingbird’s tumbling!

  1. Cool, I’ve never seen that before. Only using the vowels in the animal’s name, a lipogram. That opens up a series of interesting ideas. Thanks, Paul.

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