Friday, March 9, 2012

Poetry Friday

Poetry Friday is hosted today by Gathering Books.

My selection is "Joyful Noise: poems for two voices" written by Paul Fleischman and illustrated by Eric Beddows.

Paul Fleischman received the  well-deserved Newbery Medal for this delightful collection of insect-themed verses.  The poetry celebrates the unique world of insects -- fun, strange, and sometimes sad.  The poems are designed to be read in tandem or alternating voices as illustrated with these first lines from his poem entitled GRASSHOPPERS.

Voice One                    Voice Two      

Sap's rising                                          
                                           Ground's warming

     Grasshoppers are          Grasshoppers are
hatching out                   hatching out   
Autumn-laid eggs                                   

Beddows' illustrations combine anatomical features reminiscent of a scientist's field journal with verse-inspired whimsy that is a visual treat.   

1 comment:

Tara said...

One of my favorites! We do a poem project based on Joyful Noise every year, something everyone looks forward to!

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