Forest Has a Song by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater

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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 Amy Ludwig VanDerwater

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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 artistáand art director as well as an author and illustratoráof cookbooks and picture books. She divides her time betweenárural Pennsylvania and Brooklyn, New York.
Published March 26, 2013 by Clarion Books. 40 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Twenty-six poems with varied structures offer quiet observations of the natural world.

Jan 16 2013 | Read Full Review of Forest Has a Song: Poems

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Moving gracefully through the seasons, newcomer VanDerwater shares a girl’s experience of what the forest has to offer. On a chilly spring day, she “stop[s] to read/ the Forest News/ in mud or fallen

Jan 07 2013 | Read Full Review of Forest Has a Song: Poems

Gr 3–4—Creatures and plants and the sights and sounds of the forest are described from the perspective of a girl who appears occasionally in this collection of nature poems. Simple watercolor scenes, set on softly washed backgrounds or white space, run above, beneath, below, or alongside each

Jun 01 2013 | Read Full Review of Forest Has a Song: Poems

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