Forest Has a Song

Forest Has a Song

By Amy Ludwig Vanderwater; Robbin Gourley (Illustrator)

Clarion Books, Hardcover, 9780618843497, 40pp.

Publication Date: March 26, 2013

A spider is a never-tangling dangling spinner / knitting angles, trapping dinner. A tree frog proposes, Marry me. Please marry me / Pick me now. / Make me your choice. / I m one great frog / with one strong voice. VanDerwater lets the denizens of the forest speak for themselves in twenty-six lighthearted, easy-to-read poems. As she observes, Silence in Forest / never lasts long. / Melody / is everywhere / mixing in / with piney air. / Forest has a song. The graceful, appealing watercolor illustrations perfectly suit these charming poems that invite young readers into the woodland world at every season.

About the Author
Amy Ludwig VanDerwater is a poet whose work has appeared in several magazines and children. "Forest Has a Song" is her first book. A writing teacher and journalist as well as a poet, Amy has a master of arts in curriculum and teaching from Teachers College, Columbia University. She taught fifth grade and directed a summer writing program for many years. She currently works in schools throughout the United States, teaching teachers about writing workshops, studying literature, and conferring with students. She lives on a farm in Holland, New York, with her husband, their three children, lots of animals, and plenty of books.

Robbin Gourley is an artistand art director as well as an author and illustratorof cookbooks and picture books. She divides her time betweenrural Pennsylvania and Brooklyn, New York.