What the Lizard Said

by Nels Hanson & With Mandana Talieh



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 3/30/2016

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 8.5x8.5
Page Count : 46
ISBN : 9781480823945
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 48
ISBN : 9781480823952

About the Book

What the Lizard Said is the first in a series of illustrated poetry books that chronicle the adventures of Wise Dog and his younger friend, Jimmi, two dogs on a quest to learn important lessons about the world we live in. Every poem presents a different animal with different wisdom to impart to Wise Dog and Jimmi on their journey toward a greater understanding of life’s challenges and opportunities. The Wise Dog and Jimmi books are designed for children and adults to read together, to encourage them to share their thoughts and feelings about the poems’ central message: the variety, unity, and sanctity of all life, and our responsibility to care for the Earth’s creatures.

The author began writing What the Lizard Said as a reading tutor at a learning clinic, to help children increase their reading and comprehension skills and to expand their vocabularies, all through the rhythms of poetry. New words are introduced within rhyming stanzas, and Wise Dog and Jimmi and the poetic animals they meet gently guide young readers through more complex sentences and grammar.

Wise Dog and Jimmi invite you to join them on their future adventures and to meet all the new animals waiting to help them.

For ages 6 and up

About the Author

Nels Hanson’s fiction received the San Francisco Foundation’s James D. Phelan Award and Pushcart Prize nominations in 2010, 2012, and 2014, and has appeared in the Antioch Review, Black Warrior Review, Southeast Review, and other journals. His poems have been published in Word Riot, Oklahoma Review, Pacific Review, and other magazines, and received a 2014 Pushcart nomination, Sharkpack Review’s 2014 Prospero Prize, and 2015 and 2016 Best of the Net nominations.

Mandana Talieh moved to Los Angeles when she was young. When she married she began to immerse herself in art and books on spirituality, especially I Am That, which led her to begin making drawings. In What the Lizard Said, Wise Dog and Jimmi represent the two selves we all contain: the one who focuses on experiencing the outer world and the inner one who dives into silence and explores the inner world.