From the creators of the Caldecott Honor Book Song of the Water Boatman and Other Pond Poems...
Ubiquitous (yoo-bik-wi-tuhs): Something that is (or seems to be) everywhere at the same time.Why is the beetle, born 265 million years ago, still with us today? (Because its wings mutated and hardened). How did the gecko survive 160 million years? (by becoming nocturnal and developing sticky toe pads.) How did the shark and the crow and the tiny ant survive millions and millions of years? When 99 percent of all life forms on earth have become extinct, why do some survive? And survive not just in one place, but in many places: in deserts, in ice, in lakes and puddles, inside houses and forest and farmland? Just how do they become ubiquitous?
Amazon Exclusive: The Process of Beckie Prange, Illustrator of Ubiquitous
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|To create the intricate timeline found on the endpapers, Prange measured and laid out yarn||This is the print she made from the yarn||The print was then painted to create the final image|
Starred Review. Grade 1–6—This volume of beautifully illustrated poems investigates the natural world, from the single-celled bacteria and diatom to the ever-present ant and dandelion. Well-researched science facts are paired with vivid poems to describe how these very special life-forms avoided extinction to become nature's survivors. The book begins 4.6 billion years ago with a newly formed Earth and continues through time as it introduces 14 types of life that are still with us today. Starting with bacteria (3.8 billion years old) and including mollusks (500 million years old), ants (140 million years old), and coyotes (2.3 million years old), the journey continues to the youngest of species, the "wise humans" or homo sapiens, that have inhabited the Earth for only 100,000 years. An illustrated time line helps bring this massive scale into the realm of children's understanding. Each spread includes a poem, amazing facts, and an exquisite, hand-colored linocut. Sidman uses a variety of poetic structures, including diamante, rhyming couplets, and unrhymed verse, and unexpected language choices to create diverse and vivid word pictures of each species. This melding of science and humor makes for enjoyable reading. The stunning illustrations engage readers and encourage questioning and further exploration. From the depiction of ant tunnels to the surprising perspective of blades of grass, the bold and colorful linocuts are incredibly detailed and successfully capture the essence of each creature as part of its larger environment. A delightful feast for the eyes, ears, and mind.—Carole Phillips, Greenacres Elementary School, Scarsdale, NY
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The poems were written all wrong and I feel like the author didn't really work on it that much. Most of the time all poems need is some TLC. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Lotus Gilinsky
Purchased this book for my sons kindle as part of his summer reading list. Unreadable! The text is part of the picture so no amount of altering the font allows you to enlarge the... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Let G
This book is worth giving just for the gecko on the cover - and worth keeping for all the other illustrations, and poems, inside.Published 19 months ago by alice davenport
My kids and I have checked this book out of the library many times, and I finally decided just to buy it. Read morePublished on August 26, 2013 by Justice League
This book has beautifully illustrated creative poems. It is the perfect blend of science and literature as are other of Joyce Sidman's books.Published on January 6, 2013 by avid camper
A friend who is a research librarian shared this with me and I ordered it for myself within 24 hours. Read morePublished on May 26, 2012 by Catherine L. Carr
The artwork, creative & artsy prose...it's just a great book.
My boys enjoyed learning about the different animals.
And, I think the precursor... Read more
If your children do not devour science information, this book may not be very entertaining. You're going to have to be a good salesman and read the poetry well and explain the... Read morePublished on August 16, 2011 by Kyle Willkomm