Kids Animal Poetry Contest

The Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets and the NEW Zoo & Adventure Park recently announced winners in their second annual Kids Animal Poetry Contest in two age groups.

In the 5 - 7 age group: Lion by Remington Lambert was recognized. In the 8-10 age group: The Sleepy Bear by Abigail Manthey stood out.

Winners will receive a cash award and a broadside version of their poems.

About the poems our judge said:

The direct address to the lion in “Lions” is charming.

It was a tough call but I applaud how the poet of “The Sleepy Bear” imagined what the bear would do if it were free.
— Carol Lee Saffioti Hughes

About our judge:

Poetry is Carol Lee’s 911. She is a retired professor emerita of the University of Wisconsin, Parkside. She has been  a librarian in a log cabin in the north woods, a volunteer EMT, but she has always been a poet.  She has published  poetry, literary analysis, and research in three countries.  She also served as the advisor for the Native student organization, Sacred Circle, at UW-Parkside while teaching there.   

The Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets and the NEW Zoo & Adventure Park thank all of the participants for entering this year and hope they will continue writing poetry and appreciating wildlife.

AGE 5-7

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Remington Lambert
Age 5

Remington is currently a kindergartener, at O.H. Schultz Elementary in Mishicot, WI. Remington loves to play football with his dad. He enjoys the outdoors and exploring with his two sisters, Alexis, Gracy and their three dogs. His nickname is Remy or Smiley because he loves to make people smile by telling jokes or giving genuine compliments. His favorite animals are the most powerful, lions, dinosaurs, bulls, sharks and buffalos.   


Age 8-10

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Abigail Manthey

Abigail Manthey

Abigail Manthey
Age 10

Abigail Manthey, age 10 is, a very active girl who loves to play with barbies, calico critters, and use her imagination. She enjoys learning and her favorite subject is math. She currently is training to receive her black belt in Tae Kwon Do and is excited to start helping others.