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Song of the Water Boatman and Other Pond Poems

by Joyce  Sidman
Illustrated by Becky Prange

Published by Houghton Mifflin, 2005
32 pages
ISBN: 0618135472

Ages 5-9

Spring peeper, wood duck, predaceous diving beetle, green darner dragon fly. These and other creatures (and cattails!) are the stuff that poems are made of in Joyce Sidman’s playful, lyrical collection. “Brown velvet plumes / bob jauntily. On command, / our slim, waving arrows / rush toward the sun.” (From “The Season’s Campaign.”) Sidman’s keen-eyed poems offer acute descriptions of a world unto itself as she examines a pond ecosystem across the seasons. Beckie Prange’s hand-colored woodcuts add to the beauty of this lovely volume.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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