Seeds, Bees, Butterflies, and More!: Poems for Two Voices (Hardcover)

Poems for Two Voices

By Carole Gerber, Eugene Yelchin (Illustrator)

Henry Holt & Company, 9780805092110, 32pp.

Publication Date: February 5, 2013



A honeybee and a bumblebee have a chat.
A rose offers a worm a bit of its compost.
A mouse assures a root of its importance.

These fun rhyming poems for two voices are blooming, bursting, and buzzing with personality. Eugene Yelchin’s stunning illustrations beautifully accent Carole Gerber’s unusual conversations. Together, they offer a close-up view of the plant and insect worlds, with an amazing amount of information about them.

All around us, under our feet, thousands of interactions and transformations are taking place. This book gives the reader a chance to listen in.

About the Author

Carole Gerber has written many children's books, as well as several books for adults. She received her BS in English education from Ohio State, and after two years teaching middle and high school English returned to earn an MA in journalism. She has also worked as a marketing director, magazine editor, and freelance writer of textbooks, articles, and speeches. She lives in Powell, Ohio.Eugene Yelchin is a Russian-born author and illustrator. In 2006 he received the Tomie dePaola award, and in 2010 the National Jewish Book Award. He is also the illustrator of Won Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku and the author/illustrator of Breaking Stalin's Nose, which received a Newbery Honor. He lives with his wife and children in Topanga, California.

Praise For Seeds, Bees, Butterflies, and More!: Poems for Two Voices

"An appealing blend of classic botanical intricacy, retro design charm, and freewheeling and airy modernity." -- BCCB


"A pleasing introduction to plant biology with cross-curricular appeal." -- Kirkus Reviews

"The airy poems are pleasing..."-- Publishers Weekly

"Yelchin’s bright, graphite and gouache illustrations are almost impressionistic; they catch the eye and complement the text well. This collection will educate youngsters while showing them a fun way to read poetry." -- School Library Journal

"The science is solid and the dual voicing makes these poems ideal for

classroom performances." -- Booklist


Praise for Won Ton:
* “Heartwarming.” —Booklist, starred review

* “Perfect pussycat poetry.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

* “Will steal the hearts of readers young and old.” —School Library Journal, starred review


Praise for Breaking Stalin’s Nose, a Newbery Honor Book:

* “This brief novel gets at the heart of a society that asks its citizens, even its children, to report on relatives and friends. Appropriately menacing illustrations by first-time novelist Yelchin add a sinister tone.” —The Horn Book, starred review




Praise for Winter Leaves:
“The blend of play, science, poetry, and art is beautiful.” —Booklist


Praise for Leaf Jumpers:
“Image-packed poetry. . . . A great introduction to the season.” —School Library Journal