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Ubiquitous: Celebrating Nature's Survivorsby Joyce Sidman
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From the creators of the Caldecott Honor Book Song of the Water Boatman and Other Pond Poems comes a celebration of ubiquitous life forms among us. Newbery Honor-winning poet Joyce Sidman presents another unusual blend of fine poetry and fascinating science illustrated in exquisite hand-colored linocuts by Caldecott Honor artist Beckie Prange.
Ubiquitous (yoo-bik-wi-tuhs): Something that is (or seems to be) everywhere at the same time.
Why is the beetle, born 265 million years ago, still with us today? (Because its wings mutated and hardened). How did the gecko survive 160 million years? (By becoming nocturnal and developing sticky toe pads.) How did the shark and the crow and the tiny ant survive millions and millions of years? When 99 percent of all life forms on earth have become extinct, why do some survive? And survive not just in one place, but in many places: in deserts, in ice, in lakes and puddles, inside houses and forest and farmland? Just how do they become ubiquitous?
"The team behind the Caldecott Honor — winning Song of the Water Boatman pays tribute to biologically successful species — from mollusks and lichens to dandelions and sharks — in poems that appear in order of each animal's first appearance on earth (a striking, mazelike time line puts the billions of years into perspective). Sidman's words are vivid and affectionate — about single-celled diatoms, she writes, 'Curl of sea-/ green wave/ alive/ with invisible jewels/ almost/ too beautiful/ to eat,' and Prange's expressive linocuts capture the character of each animal. Fascinating factual information appears on each page; the graceful integration of science and art results in a celebratory story of survival. Ages 6 — 9." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Award-winning poet Joyce Sidman presents another unusual blend of fine poetry and fascinating science - illustrated in full-color throughout.
Newbery Honor-winning poet Joyce Sidman presents another unusual blend of fine poetry and fascinating science celebrating ubiquitous life forms among us. Illustrated by Caldecott Honor artist Beckie Prange in exquisite hand-colored linocuts.
and#160;This non-fiction picture book explores time and how we think about it in a different way - as a series of events in the natural world (some of them directly observable, others not) that take place in a given unit of time. Steve Jenkins' extraordinary illustrations will accompany this engaging look at time. and#160; Just a Secondis visualized as a linear series of illustrations and captions, starting with a second, a minute, an hour, a month, and a year. and#160; What happens in a second?
A gnat beats its wings 1000 times.
A hummingbird beats its wings 75 times.
A shrew's heart beats 13 times.
A bat squeaks and listens for an echo 10 times.
A dropped stone falls 16 feet.
Earth travels 18 miles in its trip around the sun.
A cheetah can run 100 feet. and#160;
Sploosh! Fizz! Swish! The prehistoric ocean is a dangerous place for a baby sea turtle. But after she emerges from her egg, the treacherous waters are her goal. Swimming through the swirling waves and dodging larger sea creatures, she finds a resting place deep below. There she waits, until she grows into the majestic sea turtle that returns to the sand to lay her eggs and begin the cycle again.
This journey of a small creature in the oceanic world of the dinosaurs is a perfect mix of scientific integrity and dramatic storytelling.
About the Author
Joyce Sidman lives in Wayzata, Minnesota, where she battles dandelions with great respect for their survival techniques. www.joycesidman.com
Beckie Prange lives in Ely, Minnesota, where she spends as much time as possible in the woods looking at lichens, crows, and other hardy northern species. Her first book received a Caldecott Honor. www.beckieprange.com
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