Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices

Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices

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by Paul Fleischman, Eric Beddows

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Written to be read aloud by two voices—sometimes alternating, sometimes simultaneous--here is a collection 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.

In this remarkable

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Written to be read aloud by two voices—sometimes alternating, sometimes simultaneous--here is a collection 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.

In this remarkable volume of poetry for two voices, Paul Fleischman verbally re-creates the "Booming/boisterious/joyful noise" of insects. The poems resound with the pulse of the cicada and the drone of the honeybee. Eric Beddows′s vibrant drawings send each insect soaring, spinning, or creeping off the page in its own unique way.

Paul Fleischman has created not only a clear and fascinating guide to the insect world—from chrysalid butterflies to whirligig beetles—but an exultant celebration of life.

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Children's Literature - Mary Quattlebaum
Written to be read aloud by two readers, this Newbery Medal winner abounds with insect sounds and doings. Watch for the book lice whose taste ranges from Schiller to thrillers. 1992 (orig.

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Water Boatmen

"Stroke!"                            "Stroke!"
We're water boatmen
"Stroke!"                            "Stroke!"
                                         up early, rowing
"Stroke!"                            "Stroke!"
We're cockswain calling
"Stroke!"                            "Stroke!"
                                         and oarsmen straining
"Stroke!"                            "Stroke!"
and six man racing shell
rolled into one
                                         We're water boatmen
"Stroke!"                            "Stroke!"
worn-out from rowing
"Stroke!"                            "Stroke!"
                                         Bound for the bottom
"Stroke!"                            "Stroke!"
of this deep millpond
"Stroke!"                            "Stroke!"
                                         where we arrive
and shout the order
"Rest!"                               "Rest!"

Joyful Noise. Copyright © by Paul Fleischman. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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.
Pam Conrad is author of The Tub People, The Tub Grandfather, The Lost Sailor and Call Me Ahnighito, all illustrated by Richard Egielski, Animal Lingo, illustrated by Barbara Falk, and Doll Face Has A Party!, illustrated by Brian Selznick. She has also written many acclaimed novels, including Stonewords, Zoe Rising, Prairie Songs, and My Daniel. She lives in Rockville Centre, NY.

Eric Beddows illustrated the Zoom series, for which he has twice won Canada's Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award; the Newbery-winning Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices, and Shadow Play, both by Paul Fleischman. He lives in Stratford, Ontario, Canada.

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Joyful Noise 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices is a wonderful book about insects. It is the 1989 Newbery Medal winner and is a great way to introduce children to poetry. As a teacher this book of poems would be an excellent way to educate students on the life of insects. The book teaches about thirteen different types of insects and is very fun to read. Joyful Noise was meant to be read aloud by two people, in the classroom the teacher could get students involved by having them read the poems aloud to the rest of the class. This book could be enjoyed by any age group, however, if I were integrating it into my classroom, I would probably choose third or fourth grade. The book falls into the genre of poetry.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Joyful Noise by Paul Fleischman. Fleischman intended for this book of poems to be read allowed by two persons. The sound of two voices coming together to project a ¿joyful¿ rhythm for listeners about how insects creep, crawl, glow, fly and even sing. Any child of any age can take this book of poems, use for a tool to learn about the life of an insect in this world that we share or for enjoyment and amusement. It would also be a great book to teach children and interest them in the beautiful genre of poetry.I would defiantly recommend this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Joyful Noise is a collection of poetry about insects that two people read together. When read correctly, it has the sound of a sonata.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I rate the book Joyful Noise by Paul Fleischman a 4 star book. I rate the book a 4 star book because the poems were tricky and fun to read. It was cool the way they made the lines in the book so that you can figure out who says what. It was a very good book in alot of ways, especially the way they used insects instead of people in the poems.The poem about the Water Striders was one of my favorites. Another favorite poem was the book lice poem.I liked this one because they say silly things all the time. My favorite poem of all was the poem about an ant's life.It's my persoal favorite because one ant is complaining while the other is bragging. Over all I really liked this book , it was fun to read all the poems. My mom liked reading it too. Some other books I would recomend would be J.K. Tolken's Hobit and The Lord Of The Rings series. Some more books I would recomend are all The Chronicles of Narnia books by C.S. Lewis. The last book I would recomend is RASCAL. A statement about myself would be that my favorite sport is Football and I love RuneScape.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Written by Paul Fleischman, I gave Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices 5 stars! The reason I gave Joyful Noise 5 stars is because it¿s a fun book to read. With 13 different poems all about insects and animals, it¿s a fun book to read no matter what age you are. The different animals range from Fireflies to Honeybees to Whirligig Beetles. With so many different animal poems you won¿t want to put the book down! My favorite poem is Book Lice. It talks about the bug¿s life in all kinds of different books. Another one of my favorites is Water Boatman. Although I have a couple of favorites, I loved all of the poems in the entire book. This is also an educational book. This is because it teaches you all about every insect in the book. This book won the 1998 Newberry Medal and if you read Joyful Noise you can really tell why. With an illustration done by Eric Beddows it is a book for kids even if they cannot read. You can tell what the different insects look like if you don¿t already know. This is just a great book for anyone to read. I also recommend I am Phoenix: Poems for Two Voices. I am a twelve year old Middle School girl in North Carolina.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i liked this book. It was a kick back and relax kind of book.