Synopses & Reviews
In 1913, a boat named Karluk, Aleutian for fish,” part of the Canadian Arctic Expedition, became stuck in the Arctic ice. On board were a captain and crew, scientists and explorers, a cat, forty sled dogs, Inupiaq hunters, and an Inupiaq family with two small girls. Even with the Inupiaq and their skills of hunting and sewing, even with the familys care and wisdom, even with the compassion and courage of their captain, odds for survival in the cold, dark Arctic seem against the passengers of the Karluk.
Here is a riveting, unforgettable story, poetically told and exquisitely illustrated with rounded scratchboard art that captures the strength and grace of Inupiaq culture. Details of centuries-old crafts and skills of sewing boots from caribou legs and ugruk skin, of quickly cutting snow houses, of wearing wooden goggles to ward off snowblindness will enrich modern imaginations. And by the storys end, listeners will know something of the way of life in the high north, something of the song of the place, the wide sky, the sound of the wind, the ptarmigan.
"This is one of those rare children's books that make you look at the physical world differently. 'A spiral is a clever shape. It is graceful and strong,' writes Newbery Honor artist Sidman (Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night), as she and Caldecott Medalist Krommes (The House in the Night) explore spirals found in nature. A spiral, Sidman decides, is nature's elegant solution in many respects: 'It fits neatly in small places' (hence the sleeping position of burrow-dwelling animals), it offers protection and strength (the defensive curl of the porcupine), and it provides firm grasps (monkey's tail, elephant's trunk). But beyond these utilitarian advantages, spirals are beautiful whether we see in them hints of infinity, the promise of unfolding potential, or the embodiment of mathematical perfection. This feast for thought is a visual banquet, as well: working in her signature scratchboard style and employing a gorgeous burnished palette, Krommes creates spiral-packed nature scenes that have a timeless, classic beauty. Whether she's portraying a tiny curled eastern chipmunk or a classic funnel tornado, it's clear that nature isn't the only master at work. Ages 4 8." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
and#147;In this strikingly illustrated collection, science facts combine with vivid poems about pond life through the seasons." Booklist, ALA, Starred Review
"With its unique combination of fact and fancy, this book is bound to delight pint-sized scientists and environmentalists and#151;and language lovers, too." Publishers Weekly, Starred
"An organic union of poetry and science, this book encourages readers to ponder the minutiae and magnificent life of the natural world." School Library Journal, Starred
"Sidman and Prange go beyond accuracy and clarity; with a humor born of skillful observation and light and color worthy of the Impressionists, they capture the essence of this environment in all its fascinating particularity." Horn Book
Come feel the cool and shadowed breeze,come smell your way among the trees,come touch rough bark and leathered leaves:Welcome to the night.
and#160;Welcome to the night, where mice stir and furry moths flutter. Where snails spiral into shells as orb spiders circle in silk. Where the roots of oak trees recover and repair from their time in the light. Where the porcupette eats delicaciesand#151;raspberry leaves!and#151;and coos and sings.and#160;Come out to the cool, night wood, and buzz and hoot and howland#151;but do beware of the great horned owland#151;for itand#8217;s wild and itand#8217;s windy way out in the woods!
"Allen's detailed yet moody prints encapsulate the mysteries and magic of the midnight hours. In Sidman's delicious poems, darkness is the norm, and there's nothing to fear but the rising sun."and#8212;Publishers Weekly,starred review "This is a fine collection for classroom use at any time, but it'll bring extra impact to those who can find a way to share it at dusk with the lights dimmed, watching through the windows as the nocturnal ballet begins outside."and#8212;TheBulletin,starred review
"This picture book combines lyrical poetry and compelling art with science concepts."and#8212;Booklist,starred review "The dark lines of Allen's skillful lino cut prints make the perfect accompaniment to a book of night poems, with their subtle colors allowing the reader to seek out the creatures slowly, just as one's eye becomes accustomed to finding things in the dark."and#8212;The Horn Book,starred review
"The bookmaking is beautiful with the concept of night lending itself generously to poetry. "and#8212;School Library Journal
Praise forRed Sings From Treetops
2010 Caldecott Honor Book"Joyce Sidmanand#8217;s language is vivid and deft . . . The language draws mystery and magic around the most familiar scenes." and#8212;The New York Times Sunday Book Reviewand#160;"Fresh descriptions and inventive artistry are a charming inspiration to notice colors and correlate emotions. Details in the artwork will invite repeated readings and challenge kids to muse about other color icons."and#8212;Kirkus Reviews,starred reviewand#160;"The artistand#8217;s delicate style, patterning, and surreal details recall Lisbeth Zwergerand#8217;s illustrations as well as the paintings of Gustav Klimt. Sustaining the playfulness of the text and its sense of awe, mystery, and beauty, they contribute gracefully to the celebration."and#8212;TheHorn Book, starred reviewand#160;"Thereand#8217;s a quirky exuberance to the style . . . the art is also magnificent at subtly partnering with the poetic themes and expanding them into visual motifs . . . [this] book has a freshness and visual impact all its own, and it will inspire a rainbow of uses: language arts assignments, reading aloud or alone, or just poring over the pictures."and#8212;The Bulletin, starred review
and#160;Praise forThis Is Just to Say
Bank Street's Claudia Lewis Award
New York Public Library's annual list Children's Books: 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing, best book of the year, 2007
2008-2009 Texas Bluebonnet Master List
School Library Journal Best Book of 2007
2007 Cybils Award Winnerand#8212;Poetryand#160;"Sidman's ear is keen, capturing many voices. Her skill as a poet accessible to young people is unmatched. . . . This is an important book both for its creativity and for its wisdom."and#8212;School Library Journal,starred review
and#160;Praise forSong of the Water Boatman and Other Pond Poems
2006 Caldecott Honor BookWinner of the Lee Bennett Hopkins Award
A Booklist Editor's Choice
A PW Best Book
A Horn Book Fanfare
A Bulletin Blue ribbonand#160;"In this strikingly illustrated collection, science facts combine with vivid poems about pond life through the seasons...An elegant, inspiring volume." and#8212;Booklist,starred reviewand#160;"Sidman and Prange go beyond accuracy and clarity; with a humor born of skillful observation.....they capture the essence of this environment in all its fascinating particularity."and#160;and#8212;The Horn Book,starred review
"In Sidman's delicious poems, darkness is the norm, and there's nothing to fear but the rising sun."and#8212;Publishers Weekly,starred review
'\"Combining striking illustrations, evocative poems that do double duty as riddles and lucid prose commentary, this venture into the natural world stands out for both its beauty and its unusual approach.\" Kirkus Reviews, Starred'
Discover the hidden world of the meadow in this unique combination of poetry riddles and science wisdom. Beginning with the rising sun and ending with twilight, this book takes us on a tour through the fields, encouraging us to watch for a nest of rabbits, a foamy spittlebug, a leaping grasshopper, bright milkweed, a quick fox, and a cruising hawk."Combining striking illustrations, evocative poems that do double duty as riddles and lucid prose commentary, this venture into the natural world stands out for both its beauty and its unusual approach." Kirkus Reviews, Starred
Winner of a 2010 Caldecott Honor!
With original and spot-on perceptions, Joyce Sidman brings the colors of the seasons to life in a fresh light, combining the senses of sight, sound, smell and taste. Illustrator Pam Zagarenski's interpretations go byeond the concrete, allowing us to not just see color, but feel it.and#160;and#147;Itand#8217;s wonderfully strange to read of colors with sounds, smells and tastes.and#8221; and#151;New York Times Book Reviewand#160;and#147;A charming inspiration to notice colors and correlate emotions.and#8221; and#160;and#151;Kirkus Reviews, starred reviewand#160;and#147;This book has a freshness and visual impact all its own, and it willand#160; inspire a rainbowand#160; of uses.and#8221;and#160; and#151;The Bulletin, starred reviewand#160;and#147;Sustaining the playfulness ofand#160; the text and its sense of awe, mystery, and beauty, the illustrations contribute gracefully to the celebration.and#8221;and#160; and#151;Horn Book, starred reviewand#160;and#147;As the title implies, the colors that surprise on every page, do sing.and#8221; and#151;Booklist, starred reviewA 2010 Caldecott Honor Bookand#160;"It'sand#160;wonderfully strange to read of colors with sounds, smells and tastes."--New York Times Book Review
"A charming inspiration to notice colors and correlate emotions"--Kirkus Reviews,starred review
"This book has a freshness and visual impact all its own, and it will inspire a rainbow of uses."--The Bulletin, starred review
"Sustaining the playfulness of the text and its sense of awe, mystery, and beauty, the illustrations contribute gracefully to the celebration."--Horn Book,starred review
"As the title implies, the colors that surprise on every page, do sing."--Booklist,starred review
When Mrs. Merz asks her sixth grade class to write poems of apology, they end up liking their poems so much that they decide to put them together into a book. Not only that, but they get the people to whom they apologized to write poems back.
In haiku, pantoums, two-part poems, snippets, and rhymes, Mrs. Merzand#8217;s class writes of crushes, overbearing parents, loving and losing pets, and more. Some poets are deeply sorry; some not at all. Some are forgiven; some are not. In each pair of poems a relationship, a connection, is revealed.Packed with the intensity of everyday pain and sorrow, kids and adults exchange the words that convey grief, delight, love and acceptance of themselves and others.
The poems successfully navigate the complicated terrain for those who seek forgiveness.
"Sidman's collection could help young poets express themselves and learn from their mistakes." Book Links January 2008 Book Links, ALA
"Delicate, mixed-media illustrations...add touches of whimsy and wit to these delightful missives." SLJ December 2007 School Library Journal
and#8220;and#8230;this tender and eloquent volume is a canophileand#8217;s paradise and tribute, inviting dog lovers to roll in it with the same luxurious glee with which their pets would greet long- dead carrion.and#8221; The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, Starred
and#8220;The teen essays are heartfelt and honest, telling of the close relationships many young adults have with their pets. Readers of all ages who appreciate their canine companions will thoroughly enjoy this slim book.and#8221; VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates)
and#8220;Blackand#8211;andand#8211;white photos of a variety of dogs taken by Doug Mindell lend the book immediacy and charm, their slightly blurred edges like the boundaries of memory.and#8221; Riverbank Review
Many readers will chuckle or sigh in empathy, and some may well be inspired to express their own thought about the world of dog in writing or pictures.and#8221; School Library Journal
and#8220;Dog lovers will likely lap it up eagerly, budding writers will snuffle it with interest, and teens who combine the tow tendencies might even roll ecstatically.and#8221; Kirkus Reviews
and#8220;Along with the handsome, spacious book design (two-color type treatments, coated white paper), these stylish photos deepen the reverential tone.and#8221; Publishers Weekly
The author draws on a rich tradition of legends and myths, retelling them in an accessible manner that will captivate readers.
School Library Journal, Starred
The intimate and chatty tone of the text...encourages confidence in the teller's veracity and repeated reading of the collection.
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
The tales of mysterious Northern European creatures inspire enchanting scratchboard illustration in a folk-tradition.
These small, delightful tales are fabulously illustrated...it's very easy to see elves, gnomes, and dwarves being comfortable in such places.
Professional storyteller Lunge-Larsen presents eight short tales, retold or intevented, featuring magical creatures that lurk just out of sight...Krommes provides handsome borders and stylized full-page illustrations that give this gathering a suitably folktale feel.
"It's typically said of picture books that art and text are inseparable, but the truth of that has rarely been more evident than it is in this introduction to concrete poetry."and#151;Booklist, starred review Booklist, ALA, Starred Review
"Looking for the poetry hidden in the visual imagery is the most obvious appeal of this beautiful, innovative book; other pleasures include the splendid flood of onomatopoeia and the stunning design." --Horn Book Horn Book
"Using concrete poetry as a vehicle, Sidman relates a simple story. The verse is compressed and arranged to create elements of the artwork." School Library Journal
"The open-ended quality of the verse and the visual nature of the subject create plenty of opportunities for the art. The striking scratchboard illustrations use black lines, shapes, and crosshatched shading on white backgrounds to create strong compositions, while watercolor washes add subtle warmth and brilliance. . .There are, of course, many school uses for this, but just reading it aloud at home will make the everyday fascinating."and#8212;Booklist, starred review
"The observations, from a few words to a couple sentences, are tucked neatly into Krommesand#8217;s gorgeous scratchboard spreads."and#8212;School Library Journal, starred review
"Exquisitely simple and memorable."and#8212;Kirkus, starred review
"From the endpapers that gather together all the spirals depicted to the spiraling text on the title page verso, this book is elegantly constructed, and as poetry, picture book, or nonfiction, a success in every way."and#8212;The Horn Book,and#160;starred review
"This is one of those rare childrenand#8217;s books that make you look at the physical world differently. . .spirals are beautifuland#8212;whether we see in them hints of infinity, the promise of unfolding potential, or the embodiment of mathematical perfection."and#8212;Publishers Weekly,and#160;starred review
"Krommesand#8217;s widening perspective manages to exude both comfort and daring." -- New York Times Book Review and#160; "Here the art is spectacular. Executed in scratchboard decorated in droplets of gold, Krommesand#8217; illustrations expand on Swansonand#8217;s reassuring story (inspired by a nursury rhyme that begins, and#8220;This is the key of the kingdomand#8221;) to create a world as cozy inside a house as it is majestic outside."--Booklist, starred review and#160; "Inspired by traditional cumulative poetry, Swanson weaves a soothing song that is as luminescent and soulful as the gorgeous illustrations that accompany her words. . . . It is a masterpiece that has all the hallmarks of a classic that will be loved for generations to come."--School Library Journal, starred review and#160; "Krommesand#8217;s breathtaking scratchboard illustrations, in black and white with accents of yellow and gold, embody and enhance the textand#8217;s message that light and dark, like comfort and mystery, are not mutually exclusive, but integral parts of each other."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review and#160; "This volume's artful simplicity, homely wisdom and quiet tone demonstrate the interconnected beauty and order of the world in a way that both children and adults will treasure."--Publishers Weekly, starred review and#160; "...in another standout performance by an illustrator, Beth Krommes makes a case for The House in the Night with scratchboard images that are themselves a throwback, but with a welcome kind of familiarity... I can see a night-skittish child taking comfort in this story at bedtime."-- The Washington Post (online) and#160; "[A] book of stunning visual simplicity . . . The pictures themselves seem to reach out from domesticity toward infinity."--Liz Rosenberg, Boston Sunday Globe and#160; "It's Wanda Gag meets Virginia Lee Burton.and#160; And gorgeous.and#160; Did I mention gorgeous?and#160; Gorgeous."-- Fuse 8 Production (online), by Betsy Bird and#160; "[Swanson] has a lyrical style all her own, complemented by Krommes' starkly stunning scratchpaper drawings."-- StarTribune
"The text's quiet rhythms find perfect resonance in the crisp, idyllic colored scratchboard country scenes. It's a strong picture book debut for Krommes." Kirkus Reviews
Grandmother Winter keeps snow-white geese. During the spring and summer, she collects the feathers released by their flapping wings; come autumn, she stitches the feathers into a lovely white quilt. When she shakes it, snowflakes fall cold from the sky, signaling the beginning of winter. Once the animals (and children) have made ready-snakes coiled in old woodchuck holes, hares in their coats of white, chickadees fluffed up against the cold-Grandmother herself, surrounded by her drowsy geese, snuggles under the quilt to sleep until spring. Root's cadenced text, lyrical and sweet, is nicely matched by Beth Krommes's debut illustrations. Her handsome stylized art, rendered in scratchboard and watercolor, depicts round, motherly forms embellished with figures referring to snow-six-pointed flakes, patterns like frost on a window, the flowing curves of a drift. The many creatures preparing for winter -- bats, worms, frogs, fish, bears, and so on -- are carefully observed as well as decorative. Horn Book
"Allen's detailed yet moody prints encapsulate the mysteries and magic of the midnight hours. In Sidman's delicious poems, darkness is the norm, and there's nothing to fear but the rising sun."and#8212;Publishers Weekly, starred review
"This is a fine collection for classroom use at any time, but it'll bring extra impact to those who can find a way to share it at dusk with the lights dimmed, watching through the windows as the nocturnal ballet begins outside."and#8212;The Bulletin, starred review
"This picture book combines lyrical poetry and compelling art with science concepts."and#8212;Booklist, starred review
"The dark lines of Allen's skillful lino cut prints make the perfect accompaniment to a book of night poems, with their subtle colors allowing the reader to seek out the creatures slowly, just as one's eye becomes accustomed to finding things in the dark."and#8212;The Horn Book, starred review
"The bookmaking is beautiful with the concept of night lending itself generously to poetry. "and#8212;School Library Journal
"In this well-conceived, bouncy and colorful primer, Greene builds up various geometric shapes from a line. . . . A clever and fun introduction to the assorted shapes." Publishers Weekly, Starred
A Caldecott medalist and a Newbery Honor-winning poet celebrate the beauty and value of spirals.What makes the tiny snail shell so beautiful? Why does that shape occur in nature over and over againand#8212;in rushing rivers, in a flower bud, even inside your ear?
With simplicity and grace, Joyce Sidman's poetry paired with Beth Krommes's scratchboard illustrations not only reveal the many spirals in natureand#8212;from fiddleheads to elephant tusks, from crashing waves to spiraling galaxiesand#8212;but also celebrate the beauty and usefulness of this fascinating shape.
From springand#8217;s first thaw to autumnand#8217;s chill, the world of the pond is a dramatic place. Though seemingly quiet, ponds are teeming with life and full of surprises. Their denizensand#8212;from peepers to painted turtles, duckweed to diving beetlesand#8212;lead secret and fascinating lives. A unique blend of whimsy, science, poetry, and hand-colored woodcuts, this Caldecottand#160;Honor-winningand#160;collection invites us to take a closer look at our hidden ponds and wetlands. Here is a celebration of their beauty and their mystery.
In this companion to the classic concept book Mouse Paint, three mice learn about shapes, creativity, and cooperation.
What can you make with one oval, two circles, and eight triangles? Just ask three clever mice--who even find a funny way to trick a sneaky cat.
and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;Ellen Stoll Walsh once again proves that sheand#8217;s a master of concept books in this celebration of shapes, color, and innovation.
A 2011 Newbery Honor Book
and#160; Come feel the cool and shadowed breeze,
come smell your way among the trees,
come touch rough bark and leathered leaves:
Welcome to the night.
Welcome to the night, where mice stir and furry moths flutter. Where snails spiral into shells as orb spiders circle in silk. Where the roots of oak trees recover and repair from their time in the light. Where the porcupette eats delicaciesand#8212;raspberry leaves!and#8212;and coos and sings.
Come out to the cool, night wood, and buzz and hoot and howland#8212;but do beware of the great horned owland#8212;for itand#8217;s wild and itand#8217;s windy way out in the woods!
This Newbery Honor-winning picture book combines beautifully written poetry with facts of the forest and elaborate illustrations to form a marvelously engaging collection.
The Lamp, the Ice, and the Boat Called Fish tells the dramatic story of the Canadian Arctic expedition that set off in 1913 to explore the high north.
A little mouse humorously introduces readers to ten two-dimensional shapes, starting with the simplest. He bends a stick into a circle, oval, rectangle, trapezoid, and so on, showing how each shape can be stretched, pulled, or pushed into another.
Grandmother Winter lives all alone with her snow-white flock of geese. All through the spring, summer, and fall, Grandmother Winter tends her geese and gathers their feathers. Why? To bring snowfall as soft as feathers and bright as a winter moon. To the woodland and all of its creatures, the arrival of winter is a gift.
A spare, patterned text and glowing pictures explore the origins of light that make a house a home in this Caldecott Medal-winningand#160;bedtime book for young children. Naming nighttime things that are both comforting and intriguing to preschoolersand#8212;a key, a bed, the moonand#8212;this timeless book illuminates a reassuring order to the universe.
A line is thin. A line is narrow -- curved like a worm, straight as an arrow. Squares, circles, triangles, and many more shapes abound in this lively book. With jaunty, rhyming text, young readers are invited to find different shapes on each busy, vibrant page. Once you start looking for shapes, you won't be able to stop! The perfect book for little ones beginning to distinguish shapes.
Selkies, fairies, gnomes, hill folk, river spritesand#151;do you believe in them? Perhaps among the flowers, beside a mountain, or near deep waters youand#8217;ve caught a glimpse, once or twice, of what you thought might be the silvery shadow of a dwarf, or a hint of a fairyand#8217;s wing, or the tail of the water horse. Or was it just the odd light of dusk or dawn playing tricks? As Lise Lunge-Larsenand#8217;s magical, timeless stories reveal and Beth Krommesand#8217;s enchanting scratchboard illustrations capture, the hidden folk are there, all right: you just have to know whereand#151;and howand#151;to look.
Funny, comforting, surprising, the words in this book explore our lives with dogs: dogs who befriend us; dogs who annoy, perplex, and accept us. Teens speak for themselves in honest and forthright essays while Joyce Sidmanand#8217;s insightful poems further express the bond between dog and teen: how days of crowded hallways, pointless assignments, and blinding crushes are brought to balance by our dogs. For as Doug Mindelland#8217;s winning photographs confirm, at the end of the day, waiting at home, there is always Dogand#151;full of hope and companionship.
All through the spring, summer and fall, Grandmother Winter tends her geese and gathers their feathers. Why? To bring snowfall, of course-snowfall as soft as feathers and bright as a winter moon. With a poetic text and distinctive scratchboard illustrations, this book reveals that there is indeed magic and charm in our coldest season. To the woodland and all of its creatures-from round mice curling up and earthworms tunneling down to black bears burrowing and children dreaming of snow angels and sleds-the arrival of winter is, quite simply, a gift.
On a clear, sunny day, a small adventure begins. First, a dog slips joyfully out of his house. Next a car pulls up to the curb, leaving a white cat alone. Then, slowly, a storm begins to brew over the park.
Watch as an unlikely friendship takes shape in this one-of-a-kind book that combines story, art, and delightful concrete poetry.
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.
Why be afraid of the dark when there is so much to see? Whether itandrsquo;s used to hunt, hide, find a friend, or escape an enemy, bioluminescenceandmdash;the ability to glowandmdash;is a unique adaptation in nature. In this fun and fascinating nonfiction picture book, join world-renowned photographers and biologists on their close encounters with the curious creatures that make their own light. Authorandrsquo;s note and bibliography included.
About the Author
Newbery-Honor winning poet Joyce Sidman is theand#160;author of Song of the Water Boatman
and Red Sings from Treetops
, both Caldecott Honor Books, as well as other fine books of poetry.and#160; For her remarkable poetry, she has won, severaland#160; times, both the Lee Bennet Hopkins Award and Bank Street's Claudia Lewis Award.and#160; About writingand#160; this book she says "For me, writing is a matter of finding what things amaze and intrigue me and what things give me joy."and#160; She lives in Wayzata, Minnesota.
Beth Krommes is the Caldecott Winner of The House in the Night and other beautifully illustrated, much-acclaimed picture books.and#160; She lives in Peterborough, NH.and#160; www.bethkrommes.com