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Leave a Message in the Sand

Poems about Giraffes, Bongos, and Other Creatures with Hooves

Bibi Dumon Tak, Annemarie Van Haeringen (Illustrator)


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What would a boar text to a pig, a camel post on a dating site, or a goat shout from the mountaintops? In this unforgettable poetry collection, even-toed ungulates take the spotlight. Ever asked a giraffe about the clouds, read an okapi's letter to the editor, or debated which gnu would win the race across the Serengeti? Playful poems and whimsical illustrations feature hoofed creatures from all around the world, from Siberian musk deer to African dik-diks to South American vicu as.

Weaving together humor, scientific detail, and a poignant concern for conservation, Leave a Message in the Sand introduces readers to wild creatures with even wilder things to say.

Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 9780802855480, 64pp.

Publication Date: September 22, 2020

About the Author

Bibi Dumon Tak is the author of Soldier Bear and Mikis and the Donkey (both Eerdmans), both of which won the Mildred L. Batchelder Award. In 2018 Bibi received the Theo Thijssen Prize, the highest honor for children's authors in the Netherlands. She has previously collaborated with Annemarie van Haeringen on Scout's Heaven (Eerdmans). Annemarie van Haeringen is the illustrator of Scout's Heaven (Eerdmans), Coco and the Little Black Dress (NorthSouth), How to Knit a Monster (Clarion), and Mr. Matisse and His Cutouts (NorthSouth). She is a three-time winner of the Golden Brush Award, given to the year's best illustrated book in the Netherlands, and has also received the award's silver honor. Visit Annemarie's website at