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A New York Times "Favorite Book Cover Design 2012" Pick"Delightfully illustrated" - The New York Times"In this visual stunner...the literal setting of the words is as key to the volume’s success as are its text and illustrations... Indian folk art triumphantly meets 17th-century English trick verse in this sophisticated graphic venture fit for middle graders on up." - StarA New York Times "Favorite Book Cover Design 2012" Pick"Delightfully illustrated" - The New York Times"In this visual stunner...the literal setting of the words is as key to the volume’s success as are its text and illustrations... Indian folk art triumphantly meets 17th-century English trick verse in this sophisticated graphic venture fit for middle graders on up." - Starred, Kirkus Reviews"A stunning reminder of why people keep making real-live books... Visually delicious and beautifully made. . . a testament to the vitality of two art forms that just won't answer to their death knells: poetry and the book." - NPR Summer Reads PickThis 17th century British poem is a form of trick verse. Here, the very design of the book brings clarity to the verse, as whimsical die-cuts in each page reveal the poem's nuanced meaning. Read straightforwardly, the poem sounds interestingly surreal. But if the lines are broken up in the middle, then everything falls into place. Illustrations by award-winning Gond artist Ramsingh Urveti (of The Night Life of Trees), book design by Jonathan Yamakami.US Grade Level Equivalent: 2US Guided Reading Level: K...

Title : I Saw a Peacock with a Fiery Tail
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ISBN : 9789380340142
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 56 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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I Saw a Peacock with a Fiery Tail Reviews

  • Kaion
    2018-10-28 14:53

    This is gorgeous.If adult poetry books had cut-outs, I think more people might read more poetry. (They certainly couldn't read less.)At what point does school teach you that poetry is boring and obscure? For me, somewhere in high school -- after Fitzgerald's Rubaiyat and before Eliot's "The Wasteland". Having graduated the effusive poetry writing phases, we are to soberly graduate the poetry appreciation phase as well.Tara Books is an interesting publisher, dedicated to producing beautiful, modern picture books that highlight the work of traditional Indian artisans. Ramsingh Urveti, the Gond artist of I Saw a Peacock with a Fiery Tail is also one of the talents behind the unnerving (wonderful) The Night Life of Trees. Rating: 4.5 stars

  • Julia
    2018-11-10 19:57

    This is one poem that I have loved ever since I found it in a poetry treasury. The way that the words play between real life and fantasy are pleasing to the senses while conveying the reader quickly into a world that stands on a line that only we in our modern times seem to always mind toeing instead of allowing ourselves to explore both sides equally. Finding this poem in a book format allows me the chance to be able to enjoy it without dragging along an awkward giant book and having to look it up. Furthermore it allows me to have a chance of sharing it with others since it is just one of those that must be shared, especially if you can find the right audience who is equally attracted to its exotic beauty. The one thing that I didn't like is the fact that the poem has an analysis the first thing within the book. Although it does allow the reader to read the poem in its entirety without being distracted it also gives away the fact of how the poem should be read when you are standing on the "right" side of the line although I did find it interesting that they saw a third way of telling in this book although they flirt with two different ways. For those who don't mind the puzzle there is the fantasy version and then the grammatical version that the compilers pointed out at the beginning of the book. And then there is a backwards version of the poem, which I rather prefer more over the grammatical version. Fantasy I saw a peacock with a fiery tail Grammatical: With a fiery tail I saw a blazing comet Backwards: I saw a blazing comet with a fiery tail I am not much of a fan of the art since it is more like an abstract type black-and-white that is a bit fanciful. Add to that the interesting cut-out shapes that reveal the poem slowly to the reader you not only have a book that is fascinating to the eye but one that is pleasing also to the senses as they slowly unwrap this poem. All in all this is one work that would be fun to have on a coffee table or somewhere else that is easily seen so that way more people can participate in the cleverness and artistry of this book.

  • Lara
    2018-11-10 17:02

    This was recommended to me somehow. Goodreads? Amazon? Someone in real life? Who knows? Anyway, I knew absolutely nothing about it before I opened it, other than the cover looked pretty awesome. I'd never read the poem before, which has apparently been around since the 1600s, so I was kind of a blank slate. In the end, I like the poem a lot, the art is interesting and the format intriguing, but... I felt like the text at the very beginning makes it clear that my mind should be like, totally BLOWN by this breaking up of the lines of the poem in a different way, and instead I just found it choppy and awkward and annoying. I vastly preferred the poem in its original form. And I like looking at the illustrations much more if I don't even bother looking at the words. So all in all, the melding of the two was not a success for me.

  • Megan (ReadingRover)
    2018-10-21 16:58

    I'm not going to lie, I took this book out from the library because of the illustrations. They're totally amazing and the cutouts on the pages make the book all the more fantastic. The poem is pretty good too. The problem I had with the book was the placement of the text on each page. It was all over the place. So much so that I often didn't know which of the two lines I should be reading first (there were always two lines to a page). I wish I was more wowed but I wasn't. The cover is gorgeous and there is an infinite amount of creativity that went into the illustrations and design but that was pretty much it. I'm still debating if that should make this a 3 or 4 star book. Hmmm

  • Sienna
    2018-10-22 15:12

    Doing my bit to indoctrinate today's youth with a love of history, a love of poetry, and the knowledge that just because it's old doesn't mean it's out of touch or irrelevant: this will be a Christmas present mostly for our niece (4.5) but also her little brother (almost two) that I hope they'll enjoy more and more as they grow. It's exquisite, Ramsingh Urveti's black and white illustrations at once playful and sophisticated as they make sense of those tricky line breaks. It doesn't feel monochromatic or dull thanks to the peacock (ha!) blue binding. Ingenious cut-outs on both the front and rear covers extend through the book — turning the page to find "as big as the moon and higher" may have made my inner graphic designer gasp. This is a children's book parents will love, too. Highly recommended.

  • Robin
    2018-11-03 22:18

    Love how the marvelous, varied cutouts give/reveal meaning to this 17th century English poem. About perceiving and perception, and what is really as it seems. And appropriately, the last one is of an eye. A visual delight.Detailed, linear, illustrations in black and white. Ramsigh Urveti, the illustrator is from central India. Jonathan Yamakami, the book's graphic designer, is from Sao Paulo, Brazil.

  • Jim Erekson
    2018-11-11 16:55

    The folk art is fun to look at, and the book is beautifully designed. I was glad the poem was presented in its entirety at the beginning, because the breakup of the lines was a little confusing during the reading. The cutouts was an interesting graphic device for revealing the poem's 'trick'. I don't think the author should have revealed the trick until the end of the book, but then it would be even harder to read the first time through. This kind of mixing is great for imagery.

  • Bobby
    2018-10-24 20:15

    A very creative and original book. Based on a 17th century British poem that can be read two ways, depending on how one breaks the verse (each with a very different meaning). The book has beautiful and very clever illustrations accompanying the poem. It's hard to really explain...this book just has to be experienced...I've never seen anything else like it!

  • Lu Benke
    2018-11-03 15:08

    A "concrete" treatment of a poem that I would think young adults especially (including college age) would truly appreciate. I imagine the illustrator Urveti went through a tremendously satisfying process creating this version of a well-known poem with cutouts that allow it to doubleback on itself. Another experience where semiotics have given me new tools to think about what I just experienced!

  • Jos M
    2018-10-23 21:52

    Beautiful and interesting picture book combining a 18th Century Poem with traditional Indian wood-cuts. Cut-throughs allow the double meanings of each line to be explored. A really lovely gift to introduce small children to the love of poetry.

  • Amy Paget
    2018-10-25 21:56

    Do you remember the poem “I Saw a Peacock with a Fiery Tail”? It’s a 17th century English poem included in classic anthologies of children’s poetry especially because it is a ‘trick verse’. Graphic designer, Jonathan Yamakami and illustrator Ramsing Urvetti have teamed up in I Saw a Peacock with a Fiery Tail to unlock the verse tricks that move from the surreal to the sensible. Urvetti’s fine black and white pen drawings work effectively with strategically shaped and placed ‘cut outs’ to produce this unique visual masterpiece. For a complete look at this title, visit this Youtube link: In addition to reading I Saw a Peacock with a Fiery Tail with young children, this book would be excellent to use to springboard writing and design exercises with middle and high school students. It could also be used with ESL students. Highly recommended.

  • Shonna Froebel
    2018-11-07 17:03

    A lovely book, with black and white illustrations, deceptively simple, but with depth, this book illustrates the poem of the title, which originated in 17th century England. The poem is trick verse, which gives different meanings depending on how it is read. One way of reading makes perfect sense, and the other leads to fantastic images. This particular version uses those different readings to inspire the illustrations, with the design of the book leading you forward with the poem. Besides the illustrations, the book also incorporates cuts in and on the edge of pages, giving you glimpses of the next page and the next line of poetry.This is an enchanting book that offers more the more you look. It would appear to children as well as adults.

  • Laurelyn Anne
    2018-11-17 22:10

    I picked this up at the church book table after services with my dad, my second favorite reward/component of Sundays (Dad and I also go to get margaritas and Mexican food after church). It was placed with the children's books. I think maybe because of the cut-outs? It is a vivid blue book cover with cut outs, giving the reader tactile satisfaction. The illustrations are black and white, Edward Gorey-esque in their hard lined morbidity, somewhere between elaborate shadow puppets and modern. I really do recommend this for the art and poetry nerd in your life. Or the Tim Burton/Stephen Sondheim fan in your life.

  • Shreela Sen
    2018-10-28 17:00

    I saw too much!An intelligent book, a visually "different" book, an intellectual book, if You like! I purchased it, reading this rave review : suggestion, If You are not already familiar with the poem, do NOT read the 2nd page, where the poem is analysed. It spoilt the fun for me. Instead, dive right into the book starting pg 3. :)

  • emma
    2018-11-13 16:52

    This was actually pretty startling, because the way the poem is written was so... new (actually it wasn't since it was written in the 1600's...) and utterly different from any poem I had read before.The book is actually just this short poem and illustrated... but to get the coolness of it, you have to read the first page and then the entire book.

  • Becki Iverson
    2018-10-30 18:51

    This sweet little book is a great way to introduce yourself into poetic duality. The clever black and white illustrations and especially the inventive cutouts reinterpret the original poem with every flip of a page. I can see this being an excellent poetry/rhythm primer for elementary age kids, and regardless is a fun play on words for the grownups, too.

  • Chris Callaway
    2018-10-31 20:59

    This is a beautifully illustrated and designed version of a 17th century children's poem. The poem is inventive in the way it structures its lines to form seemingly-nonsensical statements that actually make sense when read in a not-too-secret pattern. The artwork is a perfect match to the text, and each page uses cut outs to help expose the poem's deeper structure.

  • Rebecca
    2018-11-10 22:09

    "In this visual stunner...the literal setting of the words is as key to the volume’s success as are its text and illustrations... Indian folk art triumphantly meets 17th-century English trick verse in this sophisticated graphic venture fit for middle graders on up." - Starred, Kirkus Reviews

  • Micah McCarty
    2018-10-22 20:58

    This is a beautifully simple book that I read with Harper. It is a lovely play on language and any fan of words or poetry will immediately love it. The illustrations are wonderful. Great for kids or adults.

  • Dhali
    2018-11-06 20:20

    I love Tara books and this is one of the best(the other is The Night Life of Trees). Indian publisher and 17th century verse PLUS beautiful paper, beautiful illustrations, beautifully designed pages and cutaways all adds up to a perfect book for adults and children.

  • Muralidar S. Ram
    2018-10-27 16:09

    Beautifully crafted. What the poem says per se is different from what the craftsmanship has to say. 'I saw a Peacock with a Fiery Tail' is a witty poem, a good example of what is known as magic realism, made beautifully evident by craftsmanship.

  • Katharine
    2018-11-14 18:07

    Stunning artwork. Simple and beautiful poem.

  • Gillian Dawson
    2018-11-04 19:17


  • Miri
    2018-11-14 21:55

    Amazing rendition of the 17th-century English folk poem, with Indian folk art and die-cut illustrations that tell both versions of the trick verse at the same time.

  • Amanda
    2018-11-17 19:05

    truck verse. a lesson on grammar & punctuation.

  • May-Ling
    2018-10-27 17:16

    this is like a kids book for adults? a beautifully illustrated and interesting take on the poem with cut outs, but i need a little more substance so it feels more like a book than book art.

  • Amy
    2018-11-13 20:11

    Stunning art and pages with cut-outs

  • Allison
    2018-10-24 18:14


  • Emer Martin
    2018-10-26 21:17

    Classic book. Wonderful lay out. Kids loved it. Anything by this publishing company is a collectable.

  • Edward Sullivan
    2018-10-22 15:56

    Stunning black-and-white illustrations and exceptionally designed.