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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (February 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805092110
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805092110
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 0.4 x 10.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #249,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gr 2-5-In the spirit of Paul Fleischman's Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices (HarperCollins, 1987), Gerber presents 18 poems with lines to be read aloud. The form allows readers to create energetic dialogues between the different animals, plants, and bugs featured in the verses. In an easy, kid-friendly fashion, the author explores relationships in nature and in the hidden intricacies of the world's ecological systems with poems about pollination, the purpose of roots, how bees collect nectar, and more. Most of the entries are whimsical, such as, "But our seeds will travel in the birds/and be dropped off in their doo" ("Bye, Bye, Berries"). End matter consists of a brief overview in prose of the concepts touched upon. Yelchin's bright, graphite and gouache illustrations are almost impressionistic; they catch the eye and complement the text well. This collection will educate youngsters while showing them a fun way to read poetry.-Rita Meade, Brooklyn Public Library, NYα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Gerber’s 18 poems for two voices address the flora and fauna found in many backyard gardens. “Pansy and Poppy” commiserate about their heavy, soon-to-be-exploding seedpods; a bumblebee and a honeybee compliment each other on their differences; two caterpillars celebrate their favorite food, milkweed; and two green leaves complain about the icky, sticky trails deposited on them by snails. Yelchin’s colorful graphite-and-gouache artwork depicts sunny, upbeat scenes that sometimes belie the naturalistic content of the poems: a placid bunny patiently awaits a “New Shoot” and then devours it in one bite, and an attractive red cluster of “Bye, Bye, Berries” realize their seeds are destined for dispersal in bird doo. Although some of the meter feels forced (“Let’s get out of these coats. / I’m not ready. Please wait! / It’s easy. I’ll show you. / Watch me germinate”), the science is solid and the dual voicing makes these poems ideal for classroom performances. Pair with Joyce Sidman’s Butterfly Eyes and Other Secrets of the Meadow (2006) or Helen Frost’s Step Gently Out (2012). Grades 2-4. --Kay Weisman

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By LP Salas on May 16, 2013
Format: Hardcover
These poems for two voices all about garden/yard characters are wonderful and whimsical. Kids will have a blast performing them--they're funny and full of facts. And the art is fabulous! It's bright and childlike and colorful--I love it. I have occasional issues with the meter, but this is a really kid-friendly collection that would be great in the classroom.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Beverly Ann Paine on July 4, 2014
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My students LOVE this book.
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Carole Gerber is a poet and children's author living in Powell, Ohio, a suburb of Columbus. She has written 16 picture books, two chapter books, and more than 100 elementary reading and science books for a variety of publishers. Most of her picture books are told in verse. A former teacher and journalist, she holds a B.S. in English Education and an M.A. in journalism from Ohio State.

Winter Trees (Charlesbridge, 2008) received a John Burroughs Nature Writing Award and was selected in 2009 as an Outstanding Trade Book by the CBC and NSTA. Leaf Jumpers (Charlesbridge, 2006) was commended by the NSTA and was selected for Just Read! the Florida Summer Reading List in 2009. Other awards include the Great Lakes Booksellers Pick of the List for Arctic Dreams (Charlesbridge) and a Parent Council Award of Excellence for Hush! A Gaelic Lullaby.

Carole Gerber enjoys visiting schools through the Greater Columbus Arts Council Artists-in-Schools program. To learn more about her books - she has several new ones in the works - please visit her web site: www.carolegerber.com.

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