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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.
Why be afraid of the dark when there is so much to see? W.H. Beck brings the glowing world of bioluminescence to light in this young non-fiction picture book illustrated with stunning photographs.
What did you do on the day you were born? This book looks at what a variety of creatures can accomplish within 24 hours of being born.
The first day of life is different for every animal. Human newborns donand#8217;t do much at all, but some animals hit the ground running. The Caldecott Honorand#8211;winning team Steve Jenkins and Robin Page apply their considerable talents to revealing howand#160;twenty twoand#160;different species, from the emperor penguin to the Siberian tiger, adapt to that traumatic first few hours of life, with or without parental help. Jenkinsand#8217;s vividly colorful cut-paper illustrations are eye-poppingly three-dimensional and as exquisite as ever. While the text is short and sweet, an illustrated guide provides descriptions of theand#160;twenty twoand#160;animals in the back. Fantastic!
What can happen in just a second,
a minute, or an hour?
How can we measure time?
The flap of a vultureand#8217;s wing.
A crocodileand#8217;s heartbeat.
The weight of a baby blue whale.
The life of a mayfly.
These increments of time may sound a bit strange, but they are all fascinating ways in which we can think about time.
But what exactly is time?
In Just a Second, the award-winning author-illustrator Steve Jenkins brings forth unique ways to think about time beyond the hands we see every day on a ticking clock.
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.
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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