At the Edge of the Pond [NOOK Book]

Overview

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

Explores the levels of life in a pond from the muddy ...

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Overview

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

Explores the levels of life in a pond from the muddy shore to the murky bottom.

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Editorial Reviews

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781623341688
  • Publisher: Seymour Science
  • Publication date: 12/11/2012
  • Sold by: Seymour Science
  • Format: NOOK Kids Read to Me
  • Sales rank: 1,281,720
  • Age range: 6 - 10 Years
  • File size: 31 MB
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Meet the Author

"Jennifer Owings Dewey is a writer and illustrator of many critically acclaimed natural history books for children and adults, including the award winning Clem, the Story of a Raven, Spiders near and Far, Antarctic Journal, Four Months at the Bottom of the World, Paisano the Roadrunner, and Minik's Story, a novel for middle grade readers about a young Inuit girl living in the 19th Century and encountering white people for the first time. Her audience for most of her work in nonfiction is the child reader between the ages of seven and ten.
Jennifer has written three autobiographical novels set in New Mexico, where she
was raised. These novels are considered suitable for young adult readers.
Jennifer's titles reflect her interest in science and the natural world. While she is not a trained scientist she has personally researched all of her titles to ensure accuracy.
Among the honors Jennifer has received is the National Science Teachers Association award for an outstanding body of work in the field of nonfiction for children. For Rattlesnake Dance she received the Spur award. For Wildlife Rescue, the story of a veterinarian known for her extraordinary work with injured wildlife, she received the Orbis Pictus Award given by the National Association of English Teachers.
While awards are wonderful and rewarding to receive, Jennifer expresses that much of the pleasure she experiences as a writer and illustrator comes from doing the research and turning this effort into words and images on paper.
At present she is working on a true story of being lost on a desert in southern New Mexico, the Jornada del Muerto, or Journey of Death. This story will be suitable for both children and adults."
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2013

    Excellent for teaching about ponds

    Great images, lyrical flowing language filled with scientific info about the life in a pond

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