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From spring’s first thaw to autumn’s chill, the world of the pond is a dramatic place. Though seemingly quiet, ponds are teeming with life and full of surprises. Their denizens—from peepers to painted turtles, duckweed to diving beetles—lead secret and fascinating lives. A unique blend of whimsy, science, poetry, and hand-colored woodcuts, this Caldecott Honor-winning collFrom spring’s first thaw to autumn’s chill, the world of the pond is a dramatic place. Though seemingly quiet, ponds are teeming with life and full of surprises. Their denizens—from peepers to painted turtles, duckweed to diving beetles—lead secret and fascinating lives. A unique blend of whimsy, science, poetry, and hand-colored woodcuts, this Caldecott Honor-winning collection invites us to take a closer look at our hidden ponds and wetlands. Here is a celebration of their beauty and their mystery....

Title : Song of the Water Boatman and Other Pond Poems
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ISBN : 9780618135479
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 32 Pages
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Song of the Water Boatman and Other Pond Poems Reviews

  • Miriam
    2019-02-07 20:07

    Illustrations: very nice, can see why this got a Caldecott. Even make gross bugs look pretty, while being accurate.Poems: snore. The little dry factual descriptions at the sides were more interesting than this feeble verse.

  • Lata
    2019-01-28 21:03

    A book of simple poems and facts about creatures that live in and around ponds in N, America. The poems have repeated words and phrases, which would probably make them fun for young children. And, the paintings that accompany each set of poems and facts are gorgeous! They look like woodcuts, with their bold lines, coloured with watercolours. Lovely!

  • Cheryl
    2019-02-09 02:06

    Reread for Children's Books' Caldecott discussion. Excellent science, evocative & eloquent poetry in a diversity of formats, bright & lovely illustrations, a glossary... a perfect book. A perfect gift for a classroom teacher or homeschool family, too.

  • Jenna Scurto
    2019-01-24 00:13

    Song of the Water Boatman & Other Poems by Joyce Sidman is a compilation of poems focused around pond life. Majority of the poems focus on living creatures found in a pond, but the poems also cover the food chain and hibernation. The informational text and poetry is combined in a seamless and easy to understand fashion. When I picked up the book I expected to read poetry, when in reality I read poetry, while learning fascinating facts. Originally I would have advised this book for early elementary aged readers, but even my sixth graders were excited by the book’s content. The book broke preconceived notions left and right! The artwork does not look young or babyish helping to grab the attention of the upper elementary, middle school readers. The pictures are painted in an up-close fashion, which makes the reader feel like the living creature the poem is describing. The science intertwined with the poetry would make this book perfect for a poetry or a science unit; a perfect example of cross-curricular. Many students hold the preconceived notion that poetry is comprised of flowing words and deep thoughts, but this book brings to life the educational side of poetry. This text was a Caldecott Honor book and a BCCB Blue Ribbon Nonfiction Award winner.

  • Esther
    2019-01-28 23:23

    Song of the Water Boatmen and Other Pond PoemsWritten By Joyce SidmanIllustrated By: Beckie PrangePublished By: Houghton Mifflin Company, NY, NY 2005Approx. Interest Level: Grade 3-5This book is a great intermingling of poetry and nonfiction prose. There are poems that go with various animals.These poems take advantage of the illustrations and include varied formats that take advantage of rhythm, format of the words, and tone. Most pages consist of one, non-fiction prose passage, one poem, and one illustration depicting the animal that each page explores.The vivid illustrations enhance the look and feel of each poem as it describes certain traits of each animal. The clever titles of the poems grab the attention of the reader. There are varied formats and presentations that are used ranging from haiku poems to free verse poems. Some poems and illustrations "bleed" into multiples pages, which creates a "long" feeling, such as when the author explores the depth of a pond . In addition to the varied format for illustrations, the poems are varied in length, format, and appearance to suit each setting and subject. There are also two-page illustrations that convey the setting at the beginning and end of the book. Additionally, there is a short glossary at the end of the book that defines some of the science terms included in the poetry.This book could be used to connect science and nature to language arts as well as students who enjoy nonfiction to a different genre of literature. The poems are fun and light-hearted, which allows the reader to share in the detail and description of the subject. Through these varied formats, bright pictures, and interesting facts about pond life, readers will become engrossed and enthralled with each subject included.Overall, this book is a great use of poetry and non-fiction prose with illustrations that enhance each poem. The differences in style and varied illustrations truly make this an interesting and new format for poetry and non-fiction.

  • James Govednik
    2019-02-12 21:06

    This book scores on all levels. The poems are wonderful, the illustrations are beautiful AND each poem is accompanied by informational text with facts about the featured creature. The poems manage to include some of these factual bits as well as conveying interesting images of the insect or animal. The combination of words and images takes us through the world of a pond. The serenity of the still water, the diving duck, the darting dragonfly. In "Spring Splashdown" the text leads our eyes to fall right down the page with the wood ducklings as they tumble from the nest for their first swim. The ominous, carnivorous diving beetle --"If it moves, it is mine"--stares menacingly at us and breaks out of the illustration's frame. "In the Depths of the Summer Pond" is part shape poem, with the text drifting lower and lower across the page, against the lush backdrop of the submerged commuity. Closing with the passage of the seasons and a turtle digging into the mud for the winter, the book holds an entire season of life within its covers. For ages 8-10, although selected poems would work well as a read aloud for younger ages.

  • L11_Ryanne Szydlik
    2019-02-17 19:28

    The first thing that caught my eye about this book was its format. Looking at the front cover and reading the title did not captivate my interest right away. I actually probably would not have picked this book if it was not for my librarian. She recommended it, so I gave it a go. Once I opened up the pages in this book I was completely involved in the poetry. The poems are written all about the topic of animals and plants that live in a pond. The language is beautiful and the illustrations are bold and inviting to look at. What caught my attention the most was the bits of factual information connected to each poem. On the page opposite the poem, the pages are laid out in a two page spread, there is one to two paragraphs about the animal/plant in the poem. I found myself reading the poem first, reading the factual info, and then rereading the poem. My goal then was to see if the author put any factual info into the poems itself. This book is very engaging and I could see a reluctant poetry reader enjoying it!

  • Gretchen Rosch
    2019-02-13 21:23

    1. This book of poems is about the secret life of spring. We may think the ponds around us are lifeless and quiet but they are all full of surprises. For example did you know the life of ponds begins with plants? Well this book goes into detail about all of the things you'll find inside a pond.2. This would be used for 2nd-3rd grade3. I would use this book for science4. Anyone who is interested in the outdoors would enjoy this book.5. For small groups I would have the kids take turns reading and then pick out their favorite informational fact about an animal/plant and then research it.6. As a whole class the teacher could read the book aloud and then go over all of the different important things that live in the pond. 7. Joyce Sidmans has written several books.8. You can find the audio version of this book online.

  • Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
    2019-02-05 21:17

    Not only are these wonderful poems, but the illustrations are beautiful! Well deserving of the Caldecott honor book award it received.

  • Emily Arrant
    2019-02-01 02:29

    Summary: This book provides many different poems about insects. Some poems include Spring Splashdown, In the Depths of the Summer Pond, and Song of the Water Boatman & Backswimmer Refrain.Evaluation: I really liked this book. The pictures are awesome which is great for keeping the students engaged. This book also has many different poems inside. Students could use this book for free writing or they could refer to it while learning how to write poems. You could also incorporate this into science because they are talking about insects. This would be in my classroom library and I would read aloud from the text. Teaching point: This book could be used for making predictions. I would read the title aloud without showing them the book and have them predict what the book was going to be about. I would then show them the book cover and see if their prediction is right. I would then tell them that this is a book about pond creatures. I would have them predict what kind of plants or animals they might think are in the book. Then we could predict what water boatman might mean.

  • Megan Denney
    2019-02-14 19:21

    The story of the Song of the Water Boatman and Backswimmer's Refrain is about the the two bugs of a water boatman and backswimmer whom live near the pond. The poem tells about their lives as where they live, what they eat, their predators and how it sometimes hangs on its back upside down. I'd include this book in my classroom because it the book in general it contains many poems about different animals and insects. I think that this would be an easy way to help more students read poems if they could read it on things that they like such as animals and insects. Additionally, I would have the poem The Song of the Water Boatman and Backswimmer's Refrain because it helps gives students more insight on an insect and duck and their lives. A teaching point for this poem would be to focus on making predictions with your students. Tell students that the story is about ponds and what things (insects and plants) that you might find in a pond. You could use post it notes and ask some predictions they may have about who the water boatman might be. Show them the cover of the book and ask why the duck's foot is like that and have them compare it to their own foot. After go back and answer the prediction questions and use inference from the story to answer these.

  • Caitlin E
    2019-01-22 23:06

    This is my Poetry book club book.Song of the Water Boatman and Other Pond Poems is a compilation of rhythmic and scientific poetry. It is a Caldecott Honor book. I found this book fascinating because poetry is such an under-served genre for young children. The poems are written in kid-friendly but challenging content-specific vocabulary. Each poem is accompanied by information related to the animal the poem is based on. Some of the facts were really quite interesting! I also liked that the author did not simply write one type of poem. Joyce Sidman played around with the style of her poems to make each page different and surprising. I could see this being used with late primary/intermediate level students for a variety of uses. Obviously, students studying poetry would find excellent examples of a variety of types of poems here. Students studying animal ecosystems would also find this book informative.

  • Janet
    2019-01-24 01:24

    It is rare to see a "total package" book! Science info, literature in the form of poetry and beautiful woodcuts are beautifully showcased in this title. While Sidman the author is obviously the beginning of this book, the woodcuts and graphic layout are just as important to the overall presentation. Houghton Mifflin is to be praised for the work of true art that their editors have produced in this title.Some of the science facts I learned were wood duck babies jump from h nests built high in trees into the water to follow their mother, it is only the male spring peeper that we hear, 5,000 is the number of species of dragonflies and that dragonflies begin their life living for various lengths of time underwater.I especially liked the poem ""In the Depths of the Summer Pond" about the food chain in the pond which ended with the heron.

  • Kellean
    2019-02-19 02:12

    Song of the Water Boatman explores a pond through artistic expression. Joyce Sidman’s words examines the living things in and around a pond. From algae to a nymph to a frog to a turtle, her words give the personalities to all of the pond’s inhabitants and will make you look at a pond differently the next time you visit one. From cover to cover, Beckie Prange’s illustrations bring you into the pond’s world and gives the feeling that you are actually there. Together, they create a world that you can get lost in. Each page gives detailed information about the plant, animal or insect of the poem, which makes it a great introduction to the pond ecosystem. Along with the glossary at the end of the book, students can explore each organism further and create their own art based on the poems. This would be a great book for 1-3 graders.

  • Magda
    2019-01-30 00:09

    Listen for Me (SPRING PEEPERS)Listen for me on a spring night,on a wet night,on a rainy night.Listen for me on a still night,for in the night, I sing.That is when my heart thaws, my skin thaws,my hunger thaws.That is when the world thaws,and the air begins to ring.I creep up from the cold pond,the ice pond,the winter pond.I creep up from the chill pond,to breathe the warming air.I cling to the green reeds,the damp reeds,the muddy reeds.I cling to the slim reeds; my brothers are everywhere.My throat swells with spring love,with rain love,with water love.My throat swells with peeper love;my song is high and sweet.Listen for me on a spring night,on a wet night,on a rainy night.Listen for me tonight, tonight,and I'll sing you to sleep.

  • Rachel
    2019-01-23 21:13

    This book won a 2006 Caldecott honor award. Honestly, I didn't think much of this book from the cover, but the book itself is genius. The author created these fantastic nature poems about insects, birds, amphibians and other pond creatures. They are paired with these absolutely gorgeous woodcut and watercolor illustrations. Each poem has a scientific explanation about the creature featured in the poem and there is an index of scientific terms in the back of the book. I believe that this book or "Zen Shorts" should've won the Caldecott Award that year. Highly recommended for ages 7-11, 5 stars.

  • Luann
    2019-02-14 03:26

    I loved this! Not only are the poems and illustrations great, but each poem is paired with a fascinating informational paragraph. I had never heard of the microscopic water bear. Did you know that it can live for decades out of water in a shriveled-up barrel shape until it is blown back into some water? Then it swells up again and resumes its normal life as a water bear!

  • Melissa Stewart
    2019-02-01 01:11

    I just love this book. The combination of poems and informative sidebars is terrific, and the art is wonderful. It never leaves my "favorites" bookshelf.

  • Maria Grigoras
    2019-02-07 21:18

    Song of the Water Boatman & Other Pond Poems by Joyce Sidman is a picture book of poems focused around pond life and animals. The poems focus on a pond's living creatures, but they also discuss hibernation, the food chain, and the circle of life. The author also includes bits of factual information connected to each poem. Each poem has its own unique title and there is even a glossary at the end, depicting more challenging words.This Caldecott-award-winning poetry picture book is designed so that the reader learns fascinating facts while reading poetry. What's cool about this picture book is that its content can grasp the attention of both a younger and older audience because of the science intertwined within it. The book's illustrations are painted in an up-close fashion, making the reader feel like part of the pond life. The text's poetic language is intimate and the bold artwork makes the reader eager to look at it. The paragraphs full of bits of factual information are on the page opposite to the poem they correspond to. The pages are laid out on a two page spread so that the reader always feels involved with the text and art presented.

  • Amanda Shreve
    2019-02-21 02:19

    Summary A book of poetry. Frogs, beetles, the food chain, and even a dragonfly are in the spotlight of this book. From the start of Spring until the end of Autumn the reader gains insight into the world of a pond. Evaluation I gave this book of pond poems five stars. It was fun and informational. It contained poems about all things you find in a pond, as well as different kinds of poems. It would be an enjoyable way to connect reading and science. Teaching Point I would use this book of poems to integrate literature and science. The book has sidebars that explain the animals and other pond aspects in the poems. This would be a fun and engaging way for students to learn about this content.

  • Victoria Lambert
    2019-02-20 03:03

    Song of the Water Boatman is a children's poetry book in the form of a picture book. The pictures are absolutely beautiful and stretch on to two pages. When the book is laying flat open, the picture takes up 3/4 of the entire layout. The pictures are very bright and the animals are detailed and are realistically accurate. The pictures pair perfectly with the poems, which are incorporated right into the graphic. The "unused" 1/4 of the page that the graphic does not reach is filled with a sidebar of factual information about the animal or plant portrayed on that particular page. All of the poems are set around animals and plants who make a pond habitat their home.

  • Maria Rowe
    2019-02-14 22:02

    • 2006 Caldecott Honor Book •The woodblock prints are a great complement to the nature poems. This is probably more of a 4 star book, but it just wasn't for me. I'm not too into poetry and this seemed somewhat dry, and there were a lot of bugs in this - no matter how pretty they look, I still didn't want to see them! This would be great for kids that like nature and especially bugs.Materials used: woodblock hand-colored with watercolorTypeface used: Nicolas Jenson & Scala Sans

  • Wendy Weaver
    2019-01-29 20:07

    GREAT examples throughout the text of different ways to write poetry. I also love the educational benefits of animals and geography. This book can do many things to benefit the reader. I also love that the author not only writes a poem about an animal or the environment, she also has a paragraph on the information about the information based off her poem. Great book!Grade:3-5Genre: Poetry

  • Jenny
    2019-02-04 00:12

    Sidman has such a way with words! She is a master at combining poetry and science fact to create engaging books. I loved reading about the pond plants and animals (and other aspects of the pond). My favorite poems were In the Depths of the Summer Pond, Listen for Me, and A Small Green Riddle. The illustrations are wonderful and add depth to this beautiful book.

  • Jo Oehrlein
    2019-02-04 02:30

    High contrast illustrations on each 2 page spread give us a poem about a pond creature or plant and then factual details on that creature or plant.I like the layout better on pages when the poem is on the left and the background information is on the right.My favorite poem is "Diving Beetle's Food-Sharing Rules" which should remind anyone of a toddler (Mine!).

  • RLL22017_Miguel Rojano
    2019-02-14 21:15

    This book Song of the Water Boatman & Other Poems written by Joyce Sidman is a compilation of poems focused around pond life. This collection invites the audience to take a closer look at our hidden ponds and wetlands. Illustrated by Beckie Prange. This is her first book for children. Appropriate for children 8 and up.

  • Amanda Quinn
    2019-02-14 03:26

    I loved how every poem in this book had a unique style and rhythm, and the factual information that was paired with every creature was fascinating to read and could be really informational to read to students.

  • Anne
    2019-02-13 23:31

    Poetry + biology = 5 stars from me (For advanced readers/thinkers)

  • Angela
    2019-02-21 03:02

    Loved this collection of poems beautifully illustrated capturing life in and around the pond. Sidebars included interesting facts about each poem's subject. Perfect blend of science and poetry.

  • Seema Rao
    2019-01-27 20:13

    Nice poems and wonderful lino-cut style illustrations show pond flora and fauna in situ. Some of the poems are great to read aloud.