At the Edge of the Pond

At the Edge of the Pond

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by Jennifer Owings Dewey
     
 

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Life at the pond is seen as one subsuming force that fills all with vigor and diversity. Sun rays touch the surface and stir everything into motion. Land and water meet at the edge, where the water shrew makes its home. Territorial circles are made throughout by the creatures that live there . . . Simple, realistic illustrations of green, yellow and brown are suitable… See more details below

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Life at the pond is seen as one subsuming force that fills all with vigor and diversity. Sun rays touch the surface and stir everything into motion. Land and water meet at the edge, where the water shrew makes its home. Territorial circles are made throughout by the creatures that live there . . . Simple, realistic illustrations of green, yellow and brown are suitable and eloquent accompaniment. -Publishers Weekly

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Life at the pond is seen as one subsuming force that fills all with vigor and diversity. Sun rays touch the surface and stir everything into motion. Land and water meet at the edge, where the water shrew makes its home. Territorial circles are made throughout by the creatures that live there. For them, this is both a home and a deathtrap. In the warm waters that join the two separate worlds, frogs mate for several days, producing a mass of eggs; a few hatch and survive, then hop out of the water for the first time. Some picherel frogs use lily pads as hiding posts. And a turtle floats down to make its residence in the semi-darkness of the deep. Viewing the natural world with a holistic approach, Dewey writes about this particular experience with the sensitivity of a poet who has borrowed a scientist's lens. The end result is a mixture of acute observation and textual elegance. Simple, realistic illustrations of green, yellow and brown are suitable and eloquent accompaniment. Ages 6-10. (October)
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4 A quasi-poetic description of pond ecology. Divided into sections according to time of day or location (daybreak, the surface of the pond, the shoreline, deep water, the pond bottom, nightfall), the text is set in uneven lines, suggesting poetry. There is poetic imagery, too, in the sometimes lush prose describing the interactions of various animals. Sunny green predominates in the crayon drawings on artfully designed pages reminiscent of Peter Parnell's workalthough softer and less striking in execution. Some of the animal portraits are handsome, although the art is uneven and only partially intended to convey information. Some unfamiliar species are not shown, and some that are shown are not named in the related text; some underwater scenes are set on white pages with little visual sense of water. Constructed rather like a catalog of pond animals, this evocative treatment of nonfiction, visually pleasing at times and opulent in the text, is an esthetic approach to natural history for children. Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston

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ISBN-13:
9781623341688
Publisher:
Seymour Science
Publication date:
12/11/2012
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Seymour Science
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
1,218,945
File size:
32 MB
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Age Range:
6 - 10 Years

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