Should you be struck by a yak attack, turn to Elephants and Emus and Other Animal Rhymes, collected and illustrated by Philippa-Alys Browne (Charlesbridge, $14.95, 0881066982, ages 4-8). Browne lives and works in Zimbabwe, and the African influences are apparent in her lively, colorful watercolors of beasts such as bears, lions, pelicans, and snakes. The poetry in this slim collection includes works from some well-known poets such as Ogden Nash and A. A. Milne.

Reviewed by Alice Cary.

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