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In the Small, Small Pond

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Denise Fleming's book gives young readers a frog's-eye view of life in a pond throughout the seasons.

 

In the Small, Small Pond is a 1994 Caldecott Honor Book.

Illustrations and rhyming text describe the activities of animals living in and near a small pond as spring progresses to autumn.

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Overview

Denise Fleming's book gives young readers a frog's-eye view of life in a pond throughout the seasons.

 

In the Small, Small Pond is a 1994 Caldecott Honor Book.

Illustrations and rhyming text describe the activities of animals living in and near a small pond as spring progresses to autumn.

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Following a frog in this colorful portrayal of the circle of life around a small pond. In the spring, the frog leaps into the water where "wiggle, jiggle, tadpoles wriggle." As the seasons pass, herons plunge, turtles doze, and minnows scatter. Finally, when snow starts to fall, the frog digs himself into the mud until the following spring. Fleming's vibrant art and energetic, rhyming text bring a toddler closer to the world of nature. Reader's will enjoy finding the frog in each picture.
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* "The animals and insects that live on and in frshwater pond wiggle, waddle, hover, swoop and swirl through the stunning spreads... Young children are introduced to the basic habits of common North American wildlife and the characteristics of chanigng seasons even as they are treated to an array of zipper verbs." --Publishers Weekly, starred review

* "Another truly stunning picture book from Fleming.... A perfect book for toddlers at story time." —School Library Journal, starred review

* "[A] perfect introduction to nature for the very young." - Kirkus Reviews, pointer

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The backyard exploration begun with In the Tall, Tall Grass continues here with Fleming's latest picture-book peek at nature. The animals and insects that live on and in a freshwater pond wiggle, waddle, hover, swoop and swirl through the stunning spreads--and through the seasons of the year. Fish, frogs and fowl cavort first in the vibrant greens and yellows of spring and summer, then on through fiery autumn reds and oranges and, finally, amid barren browns and icy whites as winter sets in. Young children are introduced to the basic habits of common North American wildlife and to the characteristics of the changing seasons even as they are treated to an array of zippy verbs. Fleming's color-saturated handmade paper technique makes for dramatic tapestries that feature both sharp contrast and subtle shading. Scenes depicting clacking crawfish and parading geese are especially spirited. Ages 2-6. (Sept.)
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In a starred review, PW praised the "stunning" spreads and "zippy" language of this peek at the life of a freshwater pond through the seasons; a Caldecott Honor book. Ages 2-6. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Mary Quattlebaum
I love Fleming's bold style which she achieves by pouring colored cotton pulp through hand-cut stencils. Her simple rhyming text accompanies illustrations that capture well the dynamic ecosystems of different environments. Creatures such as lunch-munching caterpillars and loop-swooping bats share space in this book as they do in the natural world.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805059830
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
  • Publication date: 10/15/1998
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 77,941
  • Age range: 4 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.75 (w) x 9.87 (h) x 0.15 (d)

Meet the Author

Denise Fleming has written and illustrated many children’s books, including In the Tall, Tall Grass, Shout! Shout It Out!, and Sleepy, Oh So Sleepy. She won a Caldecott Honor for In the Small, Small Pond. Denise published her first painting in the third grade, when she started taking classes at the Toledo Museum of Art and one of her paintings was chosen to be the cover of a teacher’s magazine. She now works primarily with paper, by pouring colored paper pulp through hand-cut stencils. She lives in Toledo, Ohio.

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