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Title:
Winter Bees & Other Poems of the Cold
Author:
Sidman, Joyce., author.
Personal Author:
Uniform Title:
Poems. Selections
Publication Information:
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2014]
Physical Description:
29 pages : color illustrations ; 25 x 29 cm
Summary:
"In this outstanding picture book collection of poems by Newbery Honor-winning poet, Joyce Sidman ("Song of the Water Boatman, " " Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night"), discover how animals stay alive in the wintertime and learn about their secret lives happening under the snow. Paired with stunning linoleum print illustrations by Rick Allen, that celebrate nature's beauty and power."--From the publisher.
Language:
English
Contents:
Dream of the Tundra Swan -- Snake's Lullaby -- Snowflake Wakes -- Big Brown Moose -- Winter Bees -- Under Ice -- Brother Raven, Sister Wolf -- Vole in Winter -- What do the Trees Know? -- Chickadee's Song -- The Whole World is Melting -- Triolet for Skunk Cabbage.
Reading Level:
Age: 6-10.

Grade: K to Grade 3.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 6.1 0.5 169523.
Added Author:
ISBN:
9780547906508
Format :
Book

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In this outstanding picture book collection of poems by Newbery Honor-winning poet, Joyce Sidman ( Song of the Water Boatman , Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night ) , discover how animals stay alive in the wintertime and learn about their secret lives happening under the snow. Paired with stunning linoleum print illustrations by Rick Allen, that celebrate nature's beauty and power.


Author Notes

Poet and author Joyce Sidman was born in Hartford, Connecticut on June 4, 1956. She received a B.A. in German from Wesleyan University and earned her teacher's certificate in 1983. Sidman teaches poetry and is a columnist for the St. Paul Pioneer Press. She has published several children's books, including Red Sings from Treetops, and she won the New Women's Voices award for Like the Air.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

*Starred Review* The creators of Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night (2010) offer here a dozen winter-themed poems detailing the natural world. Topics range from migrating tundra swans and hibernating snakes to shivering bees and diving beavers. Each double-page spread contains a poem, full-page art, and a scientific note. Take, for example, Vole in Winter, in which the titular critter considers snow: How it appeared so softly one night, / just as the bitter wind had almost / sucked the very life from my bones: / a blanket made of sky-feathers! Meanwhile, Allen's hand-colored linoleum block and digitized art depicts a contemplative vole surrounded by snow and the dry grasses that sustain him. Only at the last minute does he notice a red fox poised to pounce. The accompanying science paragraph offers more details about the subnivean (beneath the snow) zone occupied by these small mammals, as well as the keen hearing that helps them detect predators. Most poems address familiar topics (snowflakes, moose, trees, chickadees), but springtails (snow fleas) and skunk cabbage (an early flowering spring plant) will be new to many. Concluded with a glossary of big but fascinating words, this is equally suited to curricular units and cozy reads in front of a fire.--Weisman, Kay Copyright 2014 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Just as Sidman and Allen saw through the ominousness of night to find beauty and joy in the Newbery Honor-winning Dark Emperor, they now discover warmth, community, and wisdom in the dead of winter. Sidman's 12 poems draw readers through the first whiff of winter that sends tundra swans migrating to warmer climates ("As we tucked beaks/ into feathers and settled for sleep,/ our wings knew") to the humble, unlikely first observers of spring's arrival: skunk cabbage and springtails (snow fleas). Along the way, readers are treated to fascinating details about snakes, beavers, wolves, ravens, and other animals in extensive sidebars, while Allen's hand-colored, digitally layered linocuts bring a stately majesty to every page. Each poem brings a sense of humor, respect, or wonder to its subject, from minuscule bees "Born with eyelash legs/ and tinsel wings" to an imposing "slumberous moose." Ages 6-9. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


School Library Journal Review

Starred Review. K-Gr 4-The 12 selections in this collection offer a winter wonderland of deftly crafted poetry, fascinating science facts, an amazingly rich vocabulary, and stunning illustrations. In the title poem, the bees are lyrically described, "Born with eyelash legs/and tinsel wings/we are nothing on our own./Together, we are One.Deep in the winter hive,/we burn like a golden sun." In "Big Brown Moose," the animal humorously chants, "I'm a big brown moose,/I'm a rascally moose,/I'm a moose with a tough shaggy hide" Science facts about the animals' lives in harsh winter climates appear in sidebars on each spread. Sidman explores the safe places that allow for survival, such as in the underwater beaver lodge, "In the dim oval room,/they groom, snack, kiss;/strong brown bullets that dive/in the under-ice world." The poet also includes the role of plant species in the process, such as the skunk cabbage that signals spring's arrival as the first plant to sprout through the snow and its importance as it attracts insect pollinators. Readers come to understand that the seemingly barren winter is actually teaming with the hidden activity of plant and animal life. Allen's intricately detailed, hand-colored, linoleum prints jump off the page, wrap around the words, and breathe life into the foxes, voles, swans, wolves, and more. This combination provides a magnificent celebration of winter that delights and informs. A comprehensive glossary of specialized words is included. Douglas Florian's Winter Eyes (Greenwillow, 1999), Barbara Rogasky's Winter Poems (Scholastic, 1995), and Anna Grossnickle Hines's Winter Lights (Greenwillow, 1995) also celebrate the season but cover a wide range of events. Winter Bees distinguishes itself with a focus on the science of animal survival, coupled with superlative illustrations. Readers young and old will enjoy this winter journey and marvel at the wonders of nature.-Carole Phillips, Greenacres Elementary School, Scarsdale, NY (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.