Under the North Star, by Ted Hughes. New York: The Viking Press. 46 pp. $ 14.95.

This stunningly illustrated book of poems offers an armchair journey into the wildest reaches of the north woods. Moose, wolves, bears, and even the lowly mosquito are among its subjects. Described with vivid and sometimes harsh imagery and appropriate sounds, the animals almost leave the printed page and take on shapes of their own.

It's difficult to read ''The Black Bear,'' for instance, without conjuring up the vision of a great somber beast lumbering its way through the wild. ''The Bear's black bulk/ Is solid sulk,'' Hughes writes. ''He mopes with his nose/Between his toes.''

There is more than a touch of awe in these poems that celebrate even the cruelest or most laughable aspects of the natural world. Often complex subjects are treated with an unflinching eye, and older children will enjoy the poetry more than the very young.

Leonard Baskin's handsomely colored drawings are a fine complement.

About these ads
Sponsored Content by LockerDome

We want to hear, did we miss an angle we should have covered? Should we come back to this topic? Or just give us a rating for this story. We want to hear from you.

Loading...

Loading...

Loading...

Save for later

Save
Cancel

Saved ( of items)

This item has been saved to read later from any device.
Access saved items through your user name at the top of the page.

View Saved Items

OK

Failed to save

You reached the limit of 20 saved items.
Please visit following link to manage you saved items.

View Saved Items

OK

Failed to save

You have already saved this item.

View Saved Items

OK