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Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices Paperback – December 28, 2004
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Winner of the 1989 Newbery Award, Joyful Noise is a children's book of poetry about insects that was designed for two readers to enjoy together. On each page are two columns of verse for children to alternate reading aloud about the lives of six-legged creatures ranging from fireflies writing in the sky to a love affair between two lice, crickets eating pie crumbs and the single day in the life of a mayfly. Charming large scale soft-pencil illustrations enhance the comical, easy-to-read text. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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In resonant voices and striking use of language, this 1989 Newbery Medal-winner explores the various sounds and concerns of the insect world. All ages.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices by Paul Fleischman sounds like a gospel hymnal my grandmother would have carried to church each Sunday, but after glancing at the cover, you will find that those sounds come from nature's creation, called insects.
This poetry collection boasts 14 of the most adorable poems, all spoken in the voices of the bugs they represent, all to be read aloud with someone- sometimes one at a time, sometimes simultaneously- all in the merry tradition of Frere Jacques, an elementary school classic.
Joyful Noise celebrates natures insect world from the water strider who "whenever we're asked/ we walk upon water" to the book lice "who dwell who dwell/ in these dusty bookshelves." My favorite of all the poems in this book, however, was 'Chrysalis Diary.'
Paul Fleischman has created a wonderfully unique book that could be used in a variety of ways. As a workshop creator, I see writing and art possibilities, using the poems as spring boards for creativity for almost any age group.
The teacher in me sees Mr. Fleischman's book as an opportunity to make learning fun by having youth research the insects they are most drawn to, creating the perfect presentation/study project, and working across multiple subjects to maximize learning potential.
And as a poetry lover, well, as a poetry lover I see the lives of wonderful insects jump off the page through renga-like poems, with sing songy verse and lively drawings, brought to life by two voices, reciting aloud, in perfect harmony.
Whether you are looking for poems moving enough to touch your heart, or funny enough to make you giggle your sadness away, Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices is amazing and should be the one poetry book no home is without!