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Ubiquitous: Celebrating Nature's Survivors Hardcover – April 5, 2010
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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|
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Top Customer Reviews
Gecko on the Wall
Her jaws dart out
To crunch up flies.
Her tongue flicks up
To wipe her eyes.
She climbs up walls
With eerie cries.
Her tail comes off:
A wriggling prize!
She sprints and leaps
and slinks and spies . . .
Don't you wish you were a gecko?
This superbly crafted blend of poetry and the "celebration" of Earth's rare "survivalist" life forms is simply stunning. This blend brings something as simple as the lichen and actually makes it seem exciting. Each life form is accompanied by a poem and vibrant illustrations that animate the pages. The poems are varied and range from the diamante to an incredible free flowing verse that takes the form of a shark. I found and sensed a lot of excitement in a topic that normally many children would bypass as dull.Read more ›
UBIQUITOUS gracefully intertwines poetry, prose, and illustration on the topic of why certain life forms have beaten the odds and remained viable on our planet over unfathomable lengths of time while the vast majority of life forms have come and gone.
UBIQUITOUS exposes readers to a great variety of poetic forms and to the concept of having poetry and prose side by side. (Thus, modeling the concept of having a poem introduce a topic.) It is exactly what we -- well, I -- want to see happening with poetry in science and math and history classrooms and in the gymnasium and...well, does anybody out there still teach drivers ed?
UBIQUITOUS is a true picture book. The poems, prose, and illustrations interact and each contributes fully to the presentation of the concepts and to the enjoyment of the book. The prose segment of the spread on lichens (as with the others) runs approximately 150 clear and well-chosen words. The last book this duo designed was the Caldecott Honor book
SONG OF THE WATER BOATMAN & OTHER POND POEMS. I'm not going out on a limb -- just stating the obvious -- in predicting that members of several ALA committees, NCTE committees, IRA committees, and poetry award committees will all be fully aware of what is accomplished here.
UBIQUITOUS begins and ends with a creative and eye-catchingly colorful and swirling endpage timeline which depicts where many of the book's subjects fit into the scheme of things. (For those of us who remember high school science, that means that bacteria is way over to the left and everything else is way over to the right.) I am teaching a class to library students this summer on children's and young adult poetry and UBIQUITOUS will be the first trade poetry book each of them will be required to read for the class. It's that good.
And there is a book called "Subway" by Christoph Niemann with a graphical depiction of the New York subway system that will knock your socks off.
And then there is this book, with a 4.6 billion year timeline squiggled across the end pages that really grabs your attention and shows you... just how long, just how vast, just how amazing the time on earth has been. There is telling, and then there is SHOWING. This book SHOWS you. I have a house full of VISUAL boys. Show them.
All the illustrations in this book are top-notch, but that timeline really steals the show. This book includes a poem for each survivor-life-form - these are the tough life forms that have withstood and will persevere.
I am a teacher and love all the subjects, but this book highlighted two of my favorites, science and poetry. Too many poetry books choose an interesting topic, but the poetry is lame. Or it has nice poetry: wonderful imagery, meter, rhyme, etc. , but the science is not very enlightening or exciting (or even correct sometimes). This book has it all! Even the illustration inside the cover engages the visual thinker in the vastness of time over which life has evolved. Someone observed that it looks like a fingerprint!
In fact, the art deserves its own recognition. Its simplicity and true but vibrant colors are the frosting on the cake - but it's all nutritious! Every viewing reveals new beauties. Thank you to everyone who had a part in producing such a fabulous tome! It is a gem in my collection.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Every household with kids should have this book! The illustrations and poetry are totally awesome. Should BE ubiquitous!Published 5 months ago by Darlene Chevalier
This is a great book of poems and information for kiddos. It is fantastic for using at the Nature Center where I work. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jamie Vann
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 21 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 23 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 on January 14, 2014 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
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