Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night

Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night


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A 2011 Newbery Honor Book


Come feel the cool and shadowed breeze,
come smell your way among the trees,
come touch rough bark and leathered leaves:
Welcome to the night.

Welcome to the night, where mice stir and furry moths flutter. Where snails spiral into shells as orb spiders circle in silk. Where the roots of oak trees recover and repair from their time in the light. Where the porcupette eats delicacies—raspberry leaves!—and coos and sings.

Come out to the cool, night wood, and buzz and hoot and howl—but do beware of the great horned owl—for it’s wild and it’s windy way out in the woods!

This Newbery Honor-winning picture book combines beautifully written poetry with facts of the forest and elaborate illustrations to form a marvelously engaging collection.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780547152288
Publisher: HMH Books
Publication date: 09/06/2010
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 458,339
Product dimensions: 10.60(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: 1020L (what's this?)
Age Range: 6 - 9 Years

About the Author

Joyce Sidman is the award-winning poet of many fine books, including two Caldecott Honor books, Red Sings from Treetops and Song of the Water Boatman. She lives in Wayzata, Minnesota.
Rick Allen makes his Houghton Mifflin picture book debut with this very book. He produces myriad printed ephemerae at The Kenspeckle Letterpress in Duluth, Minnesota.

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

"Allen's detailed yet moody prints encapsulate the mysteries and magic of the midnight hours. In Sidman's delicious poems, darkness is the norm, and there's nothing to fear but the rising sun."—Publishers Weekly, starred review

"This is a fine collection for classroom use at any time, but it'll bring extra impact to those who can find a way to share it at dusk with the lights dimmed, watching through the windows as the nocturnal ballet begins outside."—The Bulletin, starred review

"This picture book combines lyrical poetry and compelling art with science concepts."—Booklist, starred review

"The dark lines of Allen's skillful lino cut prints make the perfect accompaniment to a book of night poems, with their subtle colors allowing the reader to seek out the creatures slowly, just as one's eye becomes accustomed to finding things in the dark."—The Horn Book, starred review

"The bookmaking is beautiful with the concept of night lending itself generously to poetry. "—School Library Journal

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Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
AudreySue on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Poems of the night :)loved the factual information about the creature/thing that the poem was about.Fun to read
szierdt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Outstanding prints illustrate this book of poetry in exploration of woodland creatures. Straight forward poems are coupled with a more scientific reflection of the images presented in the illustrations. Would be perfect for coupling with a science lesson focusing on biology, forest habitat and botany. Some concepts that are introduced range from photosynthesis to animal kingdoms. Illustrations do a lovely job of lending to the interconnectedness of the natural world.
laurakurtz on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This fantastic book of poetry and non-fiction combined is wonderful and inspiring. The poems are well composed, lyric, and emotional, and each poem has a paragraph with information about the topic. For example, the poem Oak After Dark is about the life of an oak tree from its point of view, and the adjacent page has a paragraph about the various functions a tree servers. Each poem also has a wonderful illustrations, done in woodcuts and rendered in dark, deep colors of the night- midnight blue, deep green, black, etc.
pjw1173 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A great non-fiction poetry book that deals with night animals. The poems are coupled with non-fictional text about the animals or organisms described in the poem. I have this in my classroom library.
francescadefreitas on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed these poems more than my toddler, but he really enjoyed the illustrations of forest creatures preparing for the night's activities. This was a nice mix of poetry, wildlife information, and art.
bell7 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The look of this Newbery-Honor winning book is deceptively simple. It is the size of a picture book. Instead of a linear story, however, the text is made up of poems tracing the course of night from dusk to dawn by focusing on varying aspects such as nocturnal animals, trees, and the moon. Each poem is on the left-hand side of the page, with a small illustration; a larger illustration fills most of the opposite page. On the far right of the illustration, in smaller font that could easily be ignored when reading to a younger or restless audience, is a short paragraph filled with fascinating tidbits about the subject of the poem.I confess I was so focused on the text - poetry and nonfiction - that I glossed over the illustrations at first. Then, I read about the process on the title page, which made me take a second look. The method used is relief printing, a process in which a drawing is transferred to wood. The wood is then carved, covered in ink, and printed onto paper. In order to create colorful prints as are in this book, this process of carving, inking, and printing must be done multiple times in multiple colors - and aligned perfectly. Think that sounds like a lot of work? Read on: "The prints for Dark Emperor were each printed from at least three blocks (and in some instances as many as six) and then hand-colored with strongly pigmented watercolor called gouache." Wow. And I had thought of them as fairly simple! I had to page through again, this time in awe of the amount of work it took to create each illustration. This is a truly lovingly crafted book of poetry, nonfiction, and illustration.
pataustin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Well deserving of its Newbery Honor status, this brilliant collection of poems uses apostrophe (the poet speaking to the subject) and mask (the speaker of the poem assuming the voice of the subject) to great effect. If any English teacher wants to study poetry and have students truly explore poetic elements of personification, alliteration, assonance, consonance, it's all here. Great link between poetry and nonfiction.
jebass on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was apprehensive at first about this selection because I can be picky about poetry. I have always been a bigger fan of poetry collections or "best of"-type samplings of famous works, versus a book of what has at times seemed like mumbo-jumbo nonsense words that some unknown writer thew on a page and was lucky enough to have published. I took a chance on Joyce Sidman and read "Dark Emporer," won over by the Newberry stamp on the back cover. But I HAVE to say that I really, really enjoyed it! With the turn of each page, Sidman imparts a story about some creature of the night (nocturnal animals, plants, etc) through various forms of poetry (ballads, forms of rhyming, prose, etc.) accompanied by beautifully detailed relief-print illustrations, and a short informational paragraph that explains the subject of the poem in a more scientific, straight-forward way. So, you get the poetry (some of Sidman's stuff is great, some is not so great), the exquisite and painstakingly detailed illustrations, and a little paragraph chock-full of fun, interesting facts, all about things in the night: bats, owls, mushrooms, spiders, crickets, etc. For instance, did you know that many types of mushrooms are named solely for their appearance or qualities? There are "tree ears" and "worm coral," but also "death cap" and "destroying angel," which are poisonous varieties. I absolutely love that she finishes the book with a short glossary of potentially unfamiliar words, including "ubi sunt," which is a style of medieval poetry that laments the loss of heroic, beautiful things. Who knew?I love that this book is so versatile. It could accompany a science lesson (life science, animals, ecosystems) or language arts (literature, poetry) or used for the illustrations, as an example of a unique art medium that most children probably aren't familiar with. It's full of potential for use in the classroom.
megancoleman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is well illustrated, and has a great source of poetry and sing-songy children's tales.
karenamorg on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of the best things about Joyce Sidman¿s Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night is the high caliber of poetry she offers the young reader. The book contains twelve poems about nocturnal wildlife¿these include bats, porcupines, insects, fungi¿and the moon itself. In her opening poem, ¿Welcome to the Night,¿ she greets creatures with rhyme and simplicity: ¿To all of you who crawl and creep, who buzz and chirp and hoot and peep, who wake at dusk and throw off sleep: Welcome to the night.¿ Not all of the poems rhyme, as with ¿Dark Emperor,¿ Sidman¿s ode to the great horned owl: ¿What symphonies of squeaks and skitters, darts and rustles, swell the vast, breathing darkness of your realm?¿ The text layout of ¿Dark Emperor¿ forms the shape of an owl, and ends with ¿¿turn that awful beak away from me; disregard the tiny hiccup of my heart as I flee¿ with the phrase ¿disregard the tiny hiccup of my heart as I flee¿ written several fonts smaller and off to the side to form a tail. This placement of text enhances a sense of the owl¿s power that is created in the imagery, beginning with the opening ¿Perched missile, almost invisible.¿ Teaching poetry to young students is made easier with these magnificent examples, which are filled with factual information, then expanded upon in the margins with very well written prose following each poem. Not surprisingly, this is a Newbery Honor book of 2011. Students can learn about poetry and nocturnal animal behavior in one fell swoop. As with all of Sidman¿s books of poetry, this one is richly complimented with illustrations, in this case Rick Allen¿s colorful prints, reminiscent of 1930s woodcuts.Sidman, J., & Allen, R. (2010). Dark emperor & other poems of the night. Boston [Mass.: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very much good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
These book is ok i think becuz it small and i can't really under stand as i would or want to
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The title seems intarestin