Where Fish Go in Winter: And Other Great Mysteries


Why does popcorn pop?
How do cats purr?
Do islands float?
What do clouds feel like?

These are a few of the questions about the natural world that are asked and cleverly answered in this easy-to-read book. Written in rhyming poems that manage to be funny as well as informative, and illustrated with ...

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Why does popcorn pop?
How do cats purr?
Do islands float?
What do clouds feel like?

These are a few of the questions about the natural world that are asked and cleverly answered in this easy-to-read book. Written in rhyming poems that manage to be funny as well as informative, and illustrated with friendly, accessible illustrations, Where Fish Go in Winter makes learning fun.

A collection of poems that answer such questions as "Where do fish go in winter?" and "Why does popcorn pop?"

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Koss has answered the type of questions kids love to ask, and she has done it by writing a series of poems which explain some of nature's phenomena. Popcorn pops because "the steam inside the shell expands,/The kernel overloads, 'Til it's as full as it can be/And—POP!—the corn explodes!" You may think that islands float like boats, but as this book informs, islands which are mountain tops do not move. Other questions answered include: "Where do fish go in winter?; How do birds fly?; Why do snakes shed their skins?; How do cats purr?; What do clouds feel like?; Why do leaves change colors?; and more. This really is a great choice for home and school, and could be a real boon to those parents, who themselves don't know the answers to these questions. Simple watercolor illustrations add a bit of humor and whimsy to the answers to many of "Nature's Mysteries." A "Dial Easy—to-Read" book, Level 3, that could be used to support science programs, and also as a great way to use a poetic format to introduce nonfiction material. 2003 (orig. 1987), Penguin Putnam,
— Marilyn Courtot <%ISBN%>0803727046
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-In 14 poems of 3 to 7 quatrains, Koss attempts simple explanations of natural phenomena ("Why do leaves change colors?"; "How do cats purr?"; "How do birds fly?"; "What is the Man in the Moon?"). While the questions will hold appeal for newly independent readers, the author's emphasis on end rhyme often pulls attention away from the poem's content and results in a cursory explanation rather than the sort of detailed description that would satisfy a young audience. Some of the vocabulary is too sophisticated for the intended age group. ("Gravity sensors/Within each young root/Teach it to follow/A straight downward route.") Attractive, brightly colored two-page paintings show the subject of the poem in its natural setting. Oddly, all of the people, animals, plants, and natural objects inside are softly detailed realistic/impressionist, but the pictures for the fish featured on the cover and in the title poem are cartoons. While a few of the poems do work, most lack both informational and poetic quality.-Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Fourteen "mysteries" of science are answered with lighthearted but informative rhyming poems in this upper-level easy reader first published in 1988, but freshened with new illustrations. The title poem explains that fish are still there under the ice in winter, with slower swimming, breathing, and heart rates, "And except for occasional / Lake bottom treats, / The whole winter long / The fish hardly eats." Other poems explain why popcorn pops, how birds fly, how cats purr, why leaves change colors, and why we see a man in the moon, among other mysteries. It's quite a feat to clarify scientific concepts succinctly for young children, but even more difficult to explain things in rhyme with a dash of humor, and Koss (Stolen Words, 2001, etc.) handles the challenge well. Several of the poems present information that will be intriguing to kids (and news to most adults): snakes shed the clear skin over their eyes along with the rest of their skin, and spiders don't stick to their own webs because they know which strands are dry and which are sticky. The illustrations add to the humorous flair of the poetry, with buggy-eyed fish, cuddly cats, and a mysterious man in the moon. This collection will be a welcome addition to any easy-reader collection or to the classroom science shelves, and teachers will find the individual poems useful for adding a literature component to science class. (Easy reader. 6-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803727045
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Series: Easy-to-Read, Dial
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Amy Koss

AMY GOLDMAN KOSS is the author of several acclaimed teen novels, including The Girls, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, and Poison Ivy (available from Square Fish). She lives in Glendale, CA, with her family, and she’s on the web at www.amygoldmankoss.net.

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