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Song of the Water Boatman & Other Pond Poems…

Song of the Water Boatman & Other Pond Poems

by Joyce Sidman

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The big idea of this book is to provide information to the reader about animals in a pond through poetry and prose. I liked this book for two reasons. First, the illustrations worked perfectly with the theme of the book. They had a watery feel to them, with calm colors and smooth shapes. The use of watercolor enhances the watery feel of the book. Secondly, the shape of the text in the poems adds depth to the poems. For instance, in the poem "Spring Splashdown," the words seem to fall downward as they say, "leaping, leaping," giving life to the words. ( )
  jdobso4 | Nov 26, 2013 |
This book contains 11 individual poems about nature. This book in particular informs children about “pond” life and the make up of it’s environment. This book is very information and still incredibly playful. Through poetry Sidman describes the life in the pond, along with the food chain that helps it thrive.

This book can be used to introduce students to the food chain and the environment. This would be an interesting way to introduce this topic. Instead of simply reading a text-book and restating what we have read using round robbin reading, this text introduces scientific topics in an appealing way. ( )
  Mr-Mays | Oct 20, 2013 |
The book uses poetry/song like writing to talk abut various plants and animals found in or near ponds and the roles they may play.

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I found the writing style very unique and clever with a chunk of facts followed by a poem to describe the plant or animal. MIT makes for a more fun way to learn about a topic rather than just reading straight facts some kids may relate to the poetry better.

Class Extension
1. Discuss and/or create an in classroom ecosystem and the importance of preservation of even the smallest living things.
2. Discuss/chart out a food chain that matches some of the ones you read in the story. ( )
  stephanie.west | Sep 17, 2013 |
Z pulled this old favorite off of the shelf last night for a chapter book break. Gorgeous woodcuts, cleverly constructed poems, and biology all wrapped up in this Caldecott winner. ( )
  beckydj | Mar 30, 2013 |
The story is about a pond and the autumn is a dramatic place. The pond is a quit place and the fish and frog, and the duck go through different changes in life. Its talk about how the animals go their life feeding and living.

personal extension
I enjoyed the story and this was the first time that i read this book

extensrion idea
1. Have the kids make a change of life with the animal and how the eat and find food.
2. Have the kids make a frog and a duck and color the animals.
  kathellenahagen | Oct 7, 2012 |
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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 collection invites us to take a closer look at our hidden ponds and wetlands. Here is a celebration of their beauty and their mystery.

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A collection of poems that provide a look at some of the animals, insects, and plants that are found in ponds, with accompanying information about each.

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