Earth Verse: Haiku from the Ground Up

Earth Verse: Haiku from the Ground Up


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Rocks, fossils, earthquakes.
Seventeen short syllables?
Earth Science haiku!

In a stunning combination of haiku and impressionistic (but accurate) art, this one-of-a-kind book encourages readers to think playfully about our planet and its wondrous processes. Sibert Medal–winning author Sally M. Walker covers Earth’s many marvels — fossilized skeletons of plants and animals, terrific volcanic eruptions, the never-ending hydrologic cycle — in sometimes straightforward, sometimes metaphoric three-line haikus. Expertly drawn art by William Grill, author-illustrator of Shackleton’s Journey, provides a visual reference for each poem. In clear and creative back matter, Walker and Grill further use their skills to provide additional detailed explanations for the science behind each concept. A unique, artistic intersection of poetry and science, Earth Verse is sure to enthrall any and all readers interested in the world around them.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763675127
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 02/13/2018
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 751,492
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 7 - 9 Years

About the Author

Sally M. Walker majored in geology and is the author of Sibert Medal winner Secrets of a Civil War Submarine as well as many other nonfiction books, including Boundaries: How the Mason-Dixon Line Settled a Family Feud and Divided a Nation and Winnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh. Sally M. Walker lives in Illinois.

William Grill is the author-illustrator of Shackleton’s Journey, a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book of the Year and winner of a Kate Greenaway Medal, and The Wolves of Currumpaw. He lives in England.

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Earth Verse: Haiku from the Ground Up 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
WhisperingStories More than 1 year ago
Through 29 Haikus, Sally M. Walker teaches children about the world, opening with ‘third one from the sun, Earth’s blue and white majesty, dwarfs her lunar child’. All of the Haikus were a delight to read and at the back of the book there are nine pages, all covering a different topic about the earth, giving factual information that correlates to the Haikus. In the bottom right hand corner is a circle with an image, this same image is on one of the factual pages at the back, letting children know which page, goes with which factual information page. However, I have mixed feeling about this book. Firstly, some of the words are words which children, and most likely a lot of adults, will never of heard of before. Pahoehoe, Pyroclastic, Maiasaura, Gneiss, etc. This makes the book tricky to read as children won’t know what they mean and some are hard to pronounce too. On one hand, I think this gives a child the opportunity to find out what these words mean, but on the other will children actually want to then go look up the words or will they just gloss over them? Plus, the text is very small, I feel with all the empty space on the pages the font could of been a lot bigger. earth verse The illustrations are also hit and miss with me. They are designed in pastel/crayon style and are quite blurred, this is how they are meant to be. Again, on one hand I feel that the illustrations are unique and different, on the other I don’t feel they complement the book. As I said I’m not too sure what to make of this book. I feel that it has been cleverly created by a renowned author of children’s educational books. Hopefully, children will enjoy it.