Song of the Water Boatman and Other Pond Poems

By Beckie Prange (Illustrator); Joyce Sidman
(Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, Hardcover, 9780618135479, 32pp.)

Publication Date: April 2005

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From spring’s first thaw to autumn’s chill, the world of the pond is a dramatic place. Though seemingly quiet, ponds are teeming with life and full of surprises. Their denizens—from peepers to painted turtles, duckweed to diving beetles—lead secret and fascinating lives. A unique blend of whimsy, science, poetry, and hand-colored woodcuts, this collection invites us to take a closer look at our hidden ponds and wetlands. Here is a celebration of their beauty and their mystery.

About the Author

Joyce Sidman lives in Wayzata, Minnesota.  

Praise For Song of the Water Boatman and Other Pond Poems

“In this strikingly illustrated collection, science facts combine with vivid poems about pond life through the seasons." Booklist, ALA, Starred Review

"With its unique combination of fact and fancy, this book is bound to delight pint-sized scientists and environmentalists —and language lovers, too." Publishers Weekly, Starred

"An organic union of poetry and science, this book encourages readers to ponder the minutiae and magnificent life of the natural world." School Library Journal, Starred

"Sidman and Prange go beyond accuracy and clarity; with a humor born of skillful observation and light and color worthy of the Impressionists, they capture the essence of this environment in all its fascinating particularity." Horn Book

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