How to Cross a Pond: Poems About Water

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From “Water Music” and the “Babbling Brook” (it speaks in Brookish) to an ocean that “sometimes sings and sometimes raves,” Marilyn Singer has captured the nature of water in this insightful and lyrical collection of poems. Whether she is showing us gardens, all dressed-up in “diamond necklaces of dew or lace collars of frost,” or the “sudden summer stream . . . the stubby hydrant brings to the city child,” she shows us surprising and delightful new ways of looking at water and ...
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Overview

From “Water Music” and the “Babbling Brook” (it speaks in Brookish) to an ocean that “sometimes sings and sometimes raves,” Marilyn Singer has captured the nature of water in this insightful and lyrical collection of poems. Whether she is showing us gardens, all dressed-up in “diamond necklaces of dew or lace collars of frost,” or the “sudden summer stream . . . the stubby hydrant brings to the city child,” she shows us surprising and delightful new ways of looking at water and nature.

Such poems as "Babbling Brook," "Spring in the Garden," "Watercolors," "City River," and "Ocean Checklist" present some of the many facets of water.

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Publishers Weekly
Popular characters and subjects return in companion volumes and new series installments. Marilyn Singer and Meilo So team up again in How to Cross a Pond: Poems About Water, a companion to Footprints on the Roof: Poems About the Earth. Singer's evocative verses conjure a watery world, as in these lines from "What Water Can Be": "A furrow that's filling/ Water, collective/ Your face in the puddle/ Water, reflective/ A network of rivers/ Water, connective." So's watercolors flow across the pages in washes of blue. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Make a splash during National Poetry Month with Marilyn Singer's How to Cross a Pond. These 19 poems beautifully limn the many forms of water, from the delicate "diamond necklaces of dew" in "Dress-Up" to the majestic sea's "dream of deep" in "Ocean Checklist." By turns playful and reflective, the poems encourage young readers to become more aware and appreciative of this amazing gift of Nature. Meilo So's paintings are as fluid as the poems' subject. Rendered in blue ink, her lively lines and soft washes convey the look and many moods of this "commander of meander," as Singer dubs the wet stuff in one poem. 2003, Knopf/Random House, Ages 6 up.
—Mary Quattlebaum
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-In this companion volume to Footprints on the Roof: Poems about the Earth (Knopf, 2002), 19 poems celebrate water's many facets, from the towering strength of waves to the gentle murmurs of a babbling brook. Selections range from free-form narrative verse to rhyming couplets. "Wells," a particularly timely choice for conservation studies, recalls a time when water was something one had to work for, pumping, hoisting, or hauling it, and it was truly appreciated as a valuable commodity. Delicate, swirling illustrations in blue ink and watercolor evoke the images expressed in the poems.-Sally R. Dow, Ossining Public Library, NY Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The team behind Footprints on the Roof (2002) returns to present another slim, elemental celebration. Poems on such subjects as "Spring in the Garden" and "Water Guns" seek to explore many different aspects of water, inviting readers to muse on the mountain origins of a fire hydrant or the many ways to cross a pond. It is an uneven collection, occasionally settling for the cute wordplay that seems to have become the standard in children's poetry, but it can also soar. A blossom in a "Rain Forest" becomes a pond to its amphibious denizens; a grandmother's memories of bringing water from "Wells" become almost tactile. And at its most breathtaking, it imagines the sadness of the "dry moon / tugging at the earth's oceans / as if she could draw them up / to fill her vast dusty seas." So's illustrations are appropriately enough rendered in washy blue ink, her naturally liquid style finding its apotheosis here. The typography, too, is rendered in blue ink, for a total design that barely escapes preciosity. Take it for its frequently splendid parts, not its whole. (Poetry. 8-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375823763
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 8/12/2003
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.36 (w) x 9.38 (h) x 0.36 (d)

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Marilyn Singer
Meilo So’s watery india-ink illustrations, printed in blue, strike just the right balance. Marilyn Singer and Meilo So collaborated on a previous collection of poetry entitled Footprints on the Roof which School Library Journal praised as “a work of minimalist art, in which harmony is achieved between text and image with no extraneous words or strokes. A welcome addition to nature-poetry collections.”
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Table of Contents

Water Music 4
Babbling Brook 6
Dress-Up 8
How to Cross a Pond 10
Lost and Found 12
Spring in the Garden 14
Fair-Weather Friend 16
Watercolors 18
Rain Forest 20
Underwater Ballet 22
Oasis 24
Frog Prince 26
Water Guns 28
City River 30
Wells 32
The Moon's Gravity 34
What Water Can Be 36
Meandering 38
Ocean Checklist 40
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