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Song of the Water Boatman and Other Pond…

Song of the Water Boatman and Other Pond Poems (Caldecott Honor Book, BCCB… (edition 2005)

by Joyce Sidman (Author), Beckie Prange (Illustrator)

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Title:Song of the Water Boatman and Other Pond Poems (Caldecott Honor Book, BCCB Blue Ribbon Nonfiction Book Award)
Authors:Joyce Sidman (Author)
Other authors:Beckie Prange (Illustrator)
Info:HMH Books for Young Readers (2005), Edition: None, 32 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:Poems, Nature, Rainbow Bear Room

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Song of the Water Boatman & Other Pond Poems by Joyce Sidman



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This amazing collection of poetry and pond life combines poetry, more detailed prose information about the plants and animals, and beautiful artwork. ( )
  Tarawyn | Nov 18, 2017 |
This is a really cute book about different types of animals and creatures that live in a pond. Some of the poems are concrete throughout this book, but not all of them are. On each page, the creature that the poem is about is described. I enjoyed the factual information that was present in this book because it can be used in order to guide a science lesson. I also learned about different kinds of creatures by reading this book of poems. I think it is important to use factual poetry as well as fictional poetry in the classroom. ( )
  MPennison | Nov 9, 2017 |
Dive into this diverse and exciting ecosystem through clever poetry and mesmerizing illustrations. Each poem is accompanied by facts teaching readers of the importance and interconnectedness of the organisms living in or near the pond. ( )
  tessayondorf | Aug 15, 2017 |

This book is a collection of nonfiction poems about plants and animals that live in and around the pond. The poems give descriptions of these organisms, their food and some of their habitats. One particular poem even focuses on the food chain in a pond environment. Each poem is backed up by a paragraph additional, interesting facts about the organism that is the focus of the poem.


This book is a very creative way of presenting a combination of nonfiction and poetry to students. It can be used interchangeably in reading, writing or science and is a departure from what students might find to be monotonous. It focuses on well known creatures like ducks and frogs, as well as some plants and animals that many have never heard about or seen before, like a water bear. The information in the book is presented in a format that a teacher can use to hold the attention of students in many different ways.


Pg.7 - What are some of the physical characteristics of the diving beetles that cause them to survive in their habitats? Why are they called water tigers?
Pg. 11-12 - Discuss the meaning of food chain. Discuss the pond food chain described in the poem, "In the Depths of the Summer Pond."
Pg. 24 - Why is the painted turtle saying, "Remember me. Remember." What was happening to the turtle in this particular season of the year?

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The writer used poetry to explore nonfiction. Have students take this further by doing creative performance with the poems. Students can creatively perform, "Diving Beetle's food-Sharing Rules" in any way they choose, they can create a tune for " Song of the Water Boatman" and students can act out "Into the Mud."
  deeprincess | Dec 8, 2016 |
The book was good and could be used in many ways in the classroom. This book would be a very good way to introduce poems. There are many poems from cover to cover. Reading the book to the children and discussing the poems, then having the children write a poem them selves, would be a great activity.
  skeltonmorgan | Oct 4, 2016 |
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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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