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Seeds, Bees, Butterflies, and More!

By Carole Gerber, Eugene Yelchin (Illustrated by)

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Format: Hardcover, 32 pages
Other Information: Illustrated
Published In: USA, 05 February 2013

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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 favourite food, milkweed; and two green leaves complain about the icky, sticky trails deposited on them by snails. Yelchin’s colourful 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” realise their seeds are destined for dispersal in bird doo. Although some of the metre 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

About the Author

Carole Gerber has written many children's books, as well as several books for adults. She received her BS in English education from Ohio State, and after two years teaching middle and high school English returned to earn an MA in journalism. She has also worked as a marketing director, magazine editor, and freelance writer of textbooks, articles, and speeches. She lives in Powell, Ohio.Eugene Yelchin is a Russian-born author and illustrator. In 2006 he received the Tomie dePaola award, and in 2010 the National Jewish Book Award. He is also the illustrator of Won Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku and the author/illustrator of Breaking Stalin's Nose, which received a Newbery Honor. He lives with his wife and children in Topanga, California.

Reviews

"An appealing blend of classic botanical intricacy, retro design charm, and freewheeling and airy modernity." --BCCB"A pleasing introduction to plant biology with cross-curricular appeal." --Kirkus Reviews"The airy poems are pleasing..." --Publishers Weekly"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." --School Library Journal"The science is solid and the dual voicing makes these poems ideal for classroom performances." --Booklist"* Heartwarming." --Booklist, starred review on Won Ton"* Perfect pussycat poetry." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review on Won Ton"* Will steal the hearts of readers young and old." --School Library Journal, starred review on Won Ton"* This brief novel gets at the heart of a society that asks its citizens, even its children, to report on relatives and friends. Appropriately menacing illustrations by first-time novelist Yelchin add a sinister tone." --The Horn Book, starred review on Breaking Stalin's Nose"The blend of play, science, poetry, and art is beautiful." --Booklist on Winter Leaves"Image-packed poetry. . . . A great introduction to the season." --School Library Journal on Leaf Jumpers An appealing blend of classic botanical intricacy, retro design charm, and freewheeling and airy modernity. "BCCB" A pleasing introduction to plant biology with cross-curricular appeal. "Kirkus Reviews" The airy poems are pleasing... "Publishers Weekly" 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. "School Library Journal" The science is solid and the dual voicing makes these poems ideal for classroom performances. "Booklist" * Heartwarming. "Booklist, starred review on Won Ton" * Perfect pussycat poetry. "Kirkus Reviews, starred review on Won Ton" * Will steal the hearts of readers young and old. "School Library Journal, starred review on Won Ton" * This brief novel gets at the heart of a society that asks its citizens, even its children, to report on relatives and friends. Appropriately menacing illustrations by first-time novelist Yelchin add a sinister tone. "The Horn Book, starred review on Breaking Stalin's Nose" The blend of play, science, poetry, and art is beautiful. "Booklist on Winter Leaves" Image-packed poetry. . . . A great introduction to the season. "School Library Journal on Leaf Jumpers"" "An appealing blend of classic botanical intricacy, retro design charm, and freewheeling and airy modernity." --" BCCB" "A pleasing introduction to plant biology with cross-curricular appeal." -- "Kirkus Reviews""The airy poems are pleasing..."-- "Publishers Weekly" "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." -- "School Library Journal" "The science is solid and the dual voicing makes these poems ideal forclassroom performances." -- "Booklist""" Praise for "Won Ton" * "Heartwarming." --"Booklist," starred review* "Perfect pussycat poetry." --"Kirkus Reviews," starred review* "Will steal the hearts of readers young and old." --"School Library Journal," starred review Praise for "Breaking Stalin's Nose," a Newbery Honor Book: * "This brief novel gets at the heart of a society that asks its citizens, even its children, to report on relatives and friends. Appropriately menacing illustrations by first-time novelist Yelchin add a sinister tone." --"The Horn Book," starred review Praise for "Winter Leaves" "The blend of play, science, poetry, and art is beautiful." --"Booklist" Praise for "Leaf Jumpers" "Image-packed poetry. . . . A great introduction to the season." --"School Library Journal" "A pleasing introduction to plant biology with cross-curricular appeal." -- "Kirkus Reviews""The airy poems are pleasing..."-- "Publishers Weekly""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." -- "School Library Journal""The science is solid and the dual voicing makes these poems ideal forclassroom performances." -- "Booklist""" Praise for "Won Ton" * "Heartwarming." --"Booklist", starred review* "Perfect pussycat poetry." --"Kirkus Reviews", starred review* "Will steal the hearts of readers young and old." --"School Library Journal", starred review Praise for "Breaking Stalin's Nose", a Newbery Honor Book: * "This brief novel gets at the heart of a society that asks its citizens, even its children, to report on relatives and friends. Appropriately menacing illustrations by first-time novelist Yelchin add a sinister tone." --"The Horn Book", starred review Praise for "Winter Leaves" "The blend of play, science, poetry, and art is beautiful." --"Booklist" Praise for "Leaf Jumpers" "Image-packed poetry. . . . A great introduction to the season." --"School Library Journal" "The science is solid and the dual voicing makes these poems ideal forclassroom performances." -- "Booklist""" Praise for "Won Ton" * "Heartwarming." --"Booklist", starred review* "Perfect pussycat poetry." --"Kirkus Reviews", starred review* "Will steal the hearts of readers young and old." --"School Library Journal", starred review Praise for "Breaking Stalin's Nose", a Newbery Honor Book: * "This brief novel gets at the heart of a society that asks its citizens, even its children, to report on relatives and friends. Appropriately menacing illustrations by first-time novelist Yelchin add a sinister tone." --"The Horn Book", starred review Praise for "Winter Leaves" "The blend of play, science, poetry, and art is beautiful." --"Booklist" Praise for "Leaf Jumpers" "Image-packed poetry. . . . A great introduction to the season." --"School Library Journal" Praise for "Won Ton" * "Heartwarming." --"Booklist", starred review* "Perfect pussycat poetry." --"Kirkus Reviews", starred review* "Will steal the hearts of readers young and old." --"School Library Journal", starred review Praise for "Breaking Stalin's Nose", a Newbery Honor Book: * "This brief novel gets at the heart of a society that asks its citizens, even its children, to report on relatives and friends. Appropriately menacing illustrations by first-time novelist Yelchin add a sinister tone." --"The Horn Book", starred review Praise for "Winter Leaves" "The blend of play, science, poetry, and art is beautiful." --"Booklist" Praise for "Leaf Jumpers" "Image-packed poetry. . . . A great introduction to the season." --"School Library Journal"

EAN: 9780805092110
ISBN: 0805092110
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Dimensions: 25.81 x 26.16 x 0.86 centimetres (0.45 kg)
Age Range: 5-9 years
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