Joyful Noise & I Am Phoenix: Poems for Two Voices

Joyful Noise & I Am Phoenix: Poems for Two Voices

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by Paul Fleischman
     
 

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Joyful Noise

Written to be read aloud by two voices, sometimes alternating, sometimes simultaneous -- here is a recording of irresistible poems that celebrate the insect world, from the short life of the mayfly to the love song of the book louse. Funny, sad, loud and quiet, each of these poems resounds with a booming, boisterous, joyful noise. Winner of the

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Joyful Noise

Written to be read aloud by two voices, sometimes alternating, sometimes simultaneous -- here is a recording of irresistible poems that celebrate the insect world, from the short life of the mayfly to the love song of the book louse. Funny, sad, loud and quiet, each of these poems resounds with a booming, boisterous, joyful noise. Winner of the 1989 Newbery Medal.

I Am Pheonix

I Am Phoenix is an exultant celebration of the sounds and essence of the bird world. A companion to Joyful Noise, written to be spoken aloud by two voices and masterfully performed by Lloyd and Twomey, these poems perfectly capture the beauty of birds in their singing, soaring and rejoicing.

Performed by John Bedford and Anne Twomey

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
As these titles suggest, Fleischman's poetry collections are designed to be read aloud by more than one person. Hughes and Snively, with some assistance from several other performers, rise to the occasion, giving Fleischman's words the cheerful musicality the author intended. Throughout these readings, voices join in harmony, reading the same passage simultaneously, echoing each other, or answering one another in a playful dialogue style. The result is verse that has an appealing theatrical quality. Humor and information abound in Fleischman's writing as well. Listeners learn about the behavior and natural sounds of insects (Joyful Noise) and birds (I Am Phoenix) with rhythms and fun-to-say adjectives. From the "whirling, twirling and gyrating" of whirligig beetles and the vibrant "humming, buzzing and droning" of cicadas to the rhythmic chanting of whippoorwills and the whispering, nighttime voices of owls, the cast skillfully energizes Fleischman's work. Listeners of all ages will likely be eager to try their own Fleischman read-alouds. All ages. (Jan.) FYI: Joyful Noise won the 1989 Newbery Medal. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-Paul Fleischman's Joyful Noise (HarperCollins, 1988) and I Am Phoenix (HarperCollins, 1985), both subtitled Poems for Two Voices, are standard school texts for poetry study. They are great read aloud poetry, especially for younger students who enjoy rhyme and a bit of nonsense. The poems are performed by Melissa Hughes and Scott Snively, with four other actors having smaller roles. After listening to the tape for a while, the poems all begin to run together. Many of them have similar themes and rhythm, and the readings don't do enough to individualize the poems. Individual poems can be used to teach about rhyme, personification, or the use of folk tales in poetry, but students' interest will wane if they must listen to a number of poems in one sitting. For example, students could listen to one poem per day during National Poetry Month. They would get more from the poems if they had copies of the book and provided the two voices for the poems. Live readings are more involving and more likely to convince students that poetry isn't boring.-Suzanne Libra, Huron Middle School, Northglenn, CO Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781559941396
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/07/1991
Edition description:
Abridged
Age Range:
6 - 12 Years

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Meet the Author

Paul Fleischman grew up in Santa Monica, California in a house with a printing press, a grand piano, a shortwave radio, and his father—children’s author Sid Fleischman. Playing recorder in early music consorts led to his books of verbal duets—I Am Phoenix, Joyful Noise (winner of the 1989 Newbery Medal), and Big Talk. His novels built from monologues include Bull Run, a 16-character account of the Civil War's first battle, and Seedfolks—the chronicle of the first year of a Cleveland community garden. His interest in theater inspired his young adult novels Mind's Eye, Seek, and Breakout, all of which revolve around the spoken word. His historical fiction includes Saturnalia and The Borning Room. He's written nonfiction and picture books as well, including Time Train, Weslandia, and Sidewalk Circus.

Alongside the Newbery Medal, he's won a Newbery Honor Book, the Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction, the PEN West Literary Award, the California Young Reader Medal, and most recently was a finalist for the 2003 National Book Award. He makes his home in the village of Aromas, California.

John Bedford Lloyd's film credits include Philadelphia, The Abyss, and Crossing Delancy and he has made numerous television appearances on shows such as Law & Order, Spin City and The Equalizer.

Anne Twomey starred on Broadway in Nuts for which she received a Tony® nomination, and Orpheus Descending, and has appeared in numerous episodes on such television shows as Law & Order, L.A. Law, and Seinfeld.

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Joyful Noise & I am Phoenix: Poems for Two Voices 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My children and I ordered this book after sampling some of Paul Flieshman's work. We enjoyed taking turns reading the parts aloud while the rest of the family enjoyed listening. Paul Fleishman's writing is colorful and different. This is a varied and interesting book of poetry.