Spectacular Science: A Book of Poems

Spectacular Science: A Book of Poems

by Lee Bennett Hopkins, Virginia Halstead
     
 

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In this poetry collection, new voices along with beloved poets such as Carl Sandburg, Lilian Moore, and David McCord explore topics in biology, chemistry, and physics and show how the marvels of science are part of our everyday lives. Full-color illustrations.  See more details below

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In this poetry collection, new voices along with beloved poets such as Carl Sandburg, Lilian Moore, and David McCord explore topics in biology, chemistry, and physics and show how the marvels of science are part of our everyday lives. Full-color illustrations.

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Publishers Weekly
"An intriguing picture book celebrates the sense of wonder that motivates scientists," wrote PW. "The surrealistic artwork favors the playfulness behind imagination over scientific objectivity." Ages 5-up. (July) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
An intriguing picture book celebrates the sense of wonder that motivates scientists. The first poem, "What Is Science?" by Rebecca Kai Dotlich, catalogues the sheer range of phenomena that science covers: "The study of soil, oil, and gas./ Of sea and sky,/ of seed and grass." The subsequent 24 poems describe an encounter with a deer, a neglected magnet and the uniqueness of snowflakes as the poets pay close attention to nature. Whether the subjects all qualify as "science" may be in doubt, but the poems each evoke the mysteriousness of the physical world. Hopkins (Marvelous Math) includes an enigmatic poem by Carl Sandburg--"The stars tell nothing--and everything"--along with newer poets like Aileen Fisher, who asks in "The Seed," "How does it know,/ this little seed,/ if it is to grow/ to a flower or weed?" The real star here is Halstead (Daughter, Have I Told You?), whose artwork possesses a surrealistic quality and who favors the playfulness behind imagination over scientific objectivity. In one spread, a scientist and a grinning reptile perched on a giant beaker lock eyes; in another, a child unzips an overcast sky to reveal the clear blue on the other side. Luminous colors, layers of texture and dreamlike images create a distinctive look. Though the collection's definition of science may be expansive to the point of being amorphous, it offers proof positive that poetry and science share a profound delight in observing the world around us. Ages 5-up. (Aug.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-6 Rocks, snowflakes, stars, and a dinosaur bone are some of the subjects that come under the observant eye of poets such as Valerie Worth, Lilian Moore, Carl Sandburg, David McCord, and Alice Schertle. Hopkins's selection of 15 poems clearly offers an invitation to ponder what science is and what scientists do. Halstead's paintings offer fresh, original, and decidedly quirky visual interpretations of the poems. Rendered in "oil pastels, oil bars, wax, and Prisma color pencils," they feature a variety of textures and have a multilayered appearance. Presented on large double-page spreads and filled with bold forms and colors, the illustrations are riveting, even from a distance. A delightful, thought-provoking anthology that is in short spectacular. Carolyn Angus, The Claremont Graduate School, CA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Mary Lou Burket
Two seemingly distant realms, science and poetry, come together in this whimsical collection, a book that is as fine a choice for home as for the library or classroom.
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689851209
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date:
07/01/2002
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
415,809
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.10(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

LEE BENNETT HOPKINS is a distinguished poet, writer, and anthologist whose poetry collections include the highly acclaimed Hand in Hand: An American History Through Poetry, illustrated by Peter Fiore, and My America: A Poetry Atlas of the United States, and America at War, both illustrated by Stephen Alcorn. Mr. Hopkins’s numerous awards include the University of Southern Mississippi Medallion for “lasting contributions to children’s literature” and both the Christopher Award and a Golden Kite Honor for his verse novel Been to Yesterdays: Poems of a Life. He lives in Cape Coral, Florida.

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