- Age Range: 4 - 8 years
- Grade Level: 1 - 2
- Lexile Measure: NP (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (August 18, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1627791035
- ISBN-13: 978-1627791038
- Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.4 x 11.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #749,594 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Flutter and Hum / Aleteo y Zumbido: Animal Poems / Poemas de Animales Hardcover – August 18, 2015
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K-Gr 4—An excellent Spanish-English collection of poetry on animals. In an author's note, Paschkis explains that although she is neither a poet nor a native Spanish speaker, she was inspired by the work of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda and that she began writing these poems in Spanish and then translated them into English. The Spanish and English poems are on opposite facing pages, with the artwork seamlessly sewing both versions together. Rendered in gouache, the folk-art inspired illustrations are at times dazzling with their use of color and subdued at others, as in the light, sage greens and grays of "Heron." Though Paschkis employs beautiful use of language in the English versions, such as her poem about a turtle who keeps jewels in her box ("When she walks/she listens to the rattle of the gemstones") and another about a dog whose wagging tail "fans wild happiness" into the world, the Spanish translations are marred by some awkward phrasing. VERDICT A book that takes wing and flies, flutters, and sometimes falters.—Teresa Pfeifer, The Springfield Renaissance School, Springfield, MA
“This is a celebration in text and art of words, of language, and of the spaces between and their possibilities. Appropriately enough, the book itself is also filled with possibilities-for reading aloud, for performing, for general language arts use-and kids will savor it however they meet it.” ―The Bulletin, starred review
“* In 12 tantalizing poems, written in English and Spanish, Paschkis shows herself to be a sensitive observer of the animal kingdom, as well as of language itself, finding humor, eccentricities, and unexpected connections in both.” ―Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW
“An excellent Spanish-English collection of poetry on animals. . . . The Spanish and English poems are on opposite facing pages, with the artwork seamlessly sewing both versions together.” ―SLJ
“* Paschkis' lush, earth-toned paintings . . . teem with the florid stream of words and images populating the inner world of the budding poetic consciousness.” ―Kirkus Reviews, starred review on Pablo Neruda
“The attributes that Brown has selected to share and her simple but impassioned telling combine with Paschkis's vibrant, decorative style for a book high in child appeal.” ―School Library Journal on Pablo Neruda