Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices

Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices

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ISBN-13: 9780064460934
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/04/2005
Series: A Charlotte Zolotow Bk.
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 64
Sales rank: 61,271
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.15(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Paul Fleischman's novels, poetry, picture books, and nonfiction are known for innovation and multiple viewpoints. He received the Newbery Medal for Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices and a Newbery Honor for Graven Images, and he was a National Book Award finalist for Breakout. His books bridging the page and stage include Bull Run, Seek, and Mind's Eye. For the body of his work, he's been the United States nominee for the international Hans Christian Andersen Award. He lives in California. www.paulfleischman.net.


Eric Beddows was born and raised in Ontario, Canada. He illustrated Shadow Play and the Newbery Medal-winning Joyful Noise and its companion, I Am Phoenix (the latter under the name of Ken Nutt), all by Paul Fleischman. He has many one-man shows of his art and received numerous grants and awards for excellence. Other children’s books he’s illustrated include The Cave of Snores by Dennis Haseley and Who Shrank My Grandmother’s House? by Barbara Juster Esbensen. He lives in Stratford, Ontario.

Read an Excerpt

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!"                            "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.

Table of Contents

Grasshoppers
3(2)
Water Striders
5(3)
Mayflies
8(3)
Fireflies
11(4)
Book Lice
15(3)
The Moth's Serenade
18(3)
Water Boatmen
21(2)
The Digger Wasp
23(3)
Cicadas
26(3)
Honeybees
29(3)
Whirligig Beetles
32(2)
Requiem
34(2)
House Crickets
36(3)
Chrysalis Diary
39

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Joyful Noise 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
mildred981 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Joyful Noise is a group of poems designed for two voices. The book describes various bugs daily activity. For example, "Grasshoppers are hatching out Autumn-laid eggs." is one of the many analogies the author uses. These poems about bugs is a great way to introduce poetry to children. Also, children will love the catchy phrases.A great activity to do with this book since its designed for two voices, would be to have half of the class read one part and the other half read the other half. Also, you can give a lesson on metaphors and have class locate them throughout book.
extrajoker on LibraryThing 8 months ago
poems: Grasshoppers / Water Striders / Mayflies / Fireflies / Book Lice / The Moth's Serenade / Water Boatmen / The Digger Wasp / Cicadas / Honeybees / Whirligig Beetles / Requiem / House Crickets / Chrysalid DiaryThough I read this alone (and, for the most part, silently), I could well imagine the effect of two people reciting the lines alternately by turn and in unison, as Fleischman intended. This Newbery Medal winner is a very brief collection of verse both humorous (e.g., "Book Lice") and thoughtful (e.g., "Chrysalid Diary"). And I have to admit, I almost got teary over "The Digger Wasp." (Who'd've thought it?)
autumnreads on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Paul Fleischman knows how to create beautiful, informative poetry that entertains both the reader(s) and the audience. This is one of my favorites to read aloud with a friend. Fleischman makes each poem a fun and doable choral performance for any level and any voice.
kikione on LibraryThing 8 months ago
A compilation of two-voiced poems about nature. Excellent book for performance of poetry. Great to use in the classroom for teaching about call and response poetry.
lisabankey on LibraryThing 8 months ago
There are fourteen poems about bugs and insects. love how the illustrations and the poems themselves make the bugs and insects look so elegant. These poems are written for two voices or readers. Each poem is written in two columns, one for each reader and the lines alternate. This makes is quite easy for each person reading to know when they should be reading.
debnance on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I listened to this on audiotape, then I read the poems, and then I listened to the audiotape again. It¿s amazing to hear the poems read aloud, in two voices, converging, diverging, making a strong statement by reading a line in unison. The poems are all about insects. The illustrations are lovely pen-and-ink drawings. I want to get the audiobook for my library and find a way to use it with the students.
readasaurus on LibraryThing 8 months ago
These poems are meant to be read aloud by two readers at once, and they recount stories from insects' points of view. We hear the moth¿s serenade of ¿porchlight, hear my plight.¿ The whirligig beetles round robbin reading that makes your head spin. There are book lice who pass through Agatha Christie novels. Kids will love voicing the ideas of an insect. This could connect to a science lesson on insects or serve as a writing prompt where students could write poems from an animal or insect point of view. Fun!!!
kairstream on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Poetry for two voices mimicking sounds and characteristics of bugs.
sylvatica on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Having got it out of the library originally, I actually went and bought a copy of this book. I love it! The concept of poems written to be read by two people simultaneously is really cool, the poems are so much fun to read aloud, and the illustrations are beautiful ¿ anthropomorphized insects that manage to be still buggy and not too cute. Some of the poems are quite a challenge to read aloud ¿ you need good rhythm, some practice, and a sense of humor. He did two other books of poems for two voices, and I want them, too. (pannarrens)
CassieM on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Great book to use in a classroom setting.
tjsjohanna on LibraryThing 8 months ago
The poems in this collection are whimsical and evocative of the insects described. Perhaps the most important thing to note about these poems is that they should be read aloud by two people - the full effect of the sound and combination really requires it. These poems would offer a perfect choice for short performances.
Smiler69 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
A lovely collection of poems and the Newbery Award winner of 1989, this book is made to be read aloud by two people as in a musical duet to "verbally recreate the booming/boisterous/joyful noise of insects". This one was recommended by Linda (Whisper1), who said it was just as fun to read alone, and I have to agree with her. The book is illustrated with beautiful pencil illustrations by Eric Beddows throughout and is a companion to [I Am Phoenix] by the same team, also for two voices, which "celebrates the sound, the sense, the essence of birds."
sweetiegherkin on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This slim volume of poetry is dedicated entirely to insects. Sounds like it could be gross, but it¿s not. Various insects take on different roles, but nearly all are sympathetically portrayed. In fact, some even seem to take the role of the tragic hero. All are accompanied with black-and-white illustrations, which are realistic but also somehow make the insects look inviting. The poems are all written ¿for two voices¿ with each page having a right column for the first reader and a left column for the second reader. These columns sometimes contain contrasting lines, complementing lines, or even on occasion the same line. This method of poetry serves better for some poems than others. For instance, the book lice poem is the story of a couple, while the honeybees poem contrasts a worker bee¿s life with a queen bee¿s life, so the choral reading style works well for both of these. On the other hand, the digger wasp poem is clearly narrated by one being, so having two voices does not make sense here. Of course, another downside with the poems for two voices is that they do not make for the best reading material when waiting in a doctor¿s office by yourself (which is when I read this book), so this book works better if you have a partner and are able to read aloud. Overall though, I would recommend this as a short and sweet volume extolling the virtues of nature that can be enjoyed at any age.
meki on LibraryThing 11 months ago
This book has some very good poems about insects and bugs. It's a quick read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Makes you think about bugs differently. Charming!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.