Forest Has a Song: Poems

Forest Has a Song: Poems

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by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater, Robbin Gourley
     
 


26 short, lighthearted poems about the forest and its animals, plants, and seasonal changes, beautifully and accurately illustrated in watercolor.See more details below

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26 short, lighthearted poems about the forest and its animals, plants, and seasonal changes, beautifully and accurately illustrated in watercolor.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Moving gracefully through the seasons, newcomer VanDerwater shares a girl’s experience of what the forest has to offer. On a chilly spring day, she “stop to read/ the Forest News/ in mud or fallen snow./ Articles are printed/ by critters on the go” (Gourley shows the girl staring at a line of pale deer prints that lead to a distant grove). A slightly subversive sense of humor peeks through at times (a spider is “A never-tangling dangling spinner/ knitting angles, trapping dinner”), but the overall mood is serene, as when the girl dons her winterwear once more at year’s end: “I close my eyes/ to softly hear/ snowy voices/ crystal clear./ Each silver/ snowflake/ sings my name./ Guess what?/ No two sound the same.” Ages 6–9. (Apr.)
From the Publisher

"Moving gracefully through the seasons, newcomer VanDerwater shares a girl's experience of what the forest has to offer."
Publishers Weekly

"The imagery is fresh and original; it's accessible, too. Watercolor images of each poem's subject add to the appeal."
Kirkus

"Dip into this appealing collection for an introduction to early nature studies or poetry writing, or for generating some well-deserved enthusiasm for a stroll in the great outdoors."
Booklist

"The verses are approachable for readers and vivid for readaloud listeners, so this is a title with a broad spread of possible use. Even if there's no nearby forest, just have the kids close their eyes, listen to the poetry, and imagine that there is."
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"The book is an inviting tour for those who enjoy observing the natural world through poetry."
School Library Journal

Children's Literature - Carlee Hallman
Short poems illustrated with watercolors catch the spirit of the forest, as a girl and animals communicate. Her family and a brown dog share the experience. In "Forest News" the girl looks at prints in the snow. "I stop to read the Forest News in mud or fallen snow. Articles are printed by critters on the go." A poem entitled "Spider" says "A never-tangling dangling spinner knitting angles, trapping dinner." The picture shows a fly caught in a web with a spider nearby. Beneath the web the father and mother are ready for a picnic while the boy and girl play ball. In "Song" it reads: "Silence in Forest never lasts long. Melody is everywhere mixing in with piney air. Forest has a song." The picture shows the mother with an arm around the girl, as the mother points to geese flying in a V. The dog watches. Children will understand this poetry as the quiet beauty of the forest is given a voice. Reviewer: Carlee Hallman
School Library Journal
Gr 3–4—Creatures and plants and the sights and sounds of the forest are described from the perspective of a girl who appears occasionally in this collection of nature poems. Simple watercolor scenes, set on softly washed backgrounds or white space, run above, beneath, below, or alongside each selection, which generally focuses on a specific aspect of forest life. For example, "Moss" reads, "Barefoot on this emerald carpet/toe-by-toe I squish across./I softly sink in velvet green./Oh how I wish for socks of moss." The girl, other human companions, and her dog encounter chickadees, tree frogs, lady slippers, lichens, and fossils, and these forest experiences span the seasons. The poems are simple, well-shaped, and pleasant for read-aloud sharing. The book is an inviting tour for those who enjoy observing the natural world through poetry.—Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston
Kirkus Reviews
Twenty-six poems with varied structures offer quiet observations of the natural world. Vanderwater's studies are spare and sometimes personal. Loosely cast as a series of forest visits at different times of the year, they focus both on the large, as in the opening "Invitation," and the small--fiddleheads, lichens, a cardinal, a squirrel. The poet's imagination invites readers and listeners inside her subjects' heads. A chickadee considers taking food from a child's hand; an owlet worries about its first flight. She listens to the voices of snowflakes and maples. Some poems describe the forest visitor's actions: In one haiku, she plays with a rotting branch; in another, she marvels at the taste of wintergreen. Two children enjoy the surprise of a mushroom puffball. Listeners will appreciate language play like the tree frog's: "Hoping. / Hopping. / High above. / Crooning. / Plopping. / Finding love." The imagery is fresh and original; it's accessible, too. Watercolor images of each poem's subject add to the appeal. Some are vignettes, others show a child or a family enjoying the out-of-doors. Although the same young girl appears in these pictures, her clothing and apparent age vary, implying a series of encounters over many years. Readers, too, may want to return to these explorations over and over. (Picture book/poetry. 5-10)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780618843497
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
03/26/2013
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
288,118
Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

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From the Publisher
"Moving gracefully through the seasons, newcomer VanDerwater shares a girl's experience of what the forest has to offer."
Publishers Weekly

"The imagery is fresh and original; it's accessible, too. Watercolor images of each poem's subject add to the appeal."
Kirkus

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