Joyful Noise by Paul Fleischman
Poems for Two Voices

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Written to be read aloud by two voices—sometimes alternating, sometimes simultaneous--here is a collection of irresistible poems that celebrate the insect world, from the short life of the mayfly to the love song of the book louse. Funny, sad, loud, and quiet, each of these poems resounds with a booming, boisterous, joyful noise.

In this remarkable volume of poetry for two voices, Paul Fleischman verbally re-creates the "Booming/boisterious/joyful noise" of insects. The poems resound with the pulse of the cicada and the drone of the honeybee. Eric Beddows′s vibrant drawings send each insect soaring, spinning, or creeping off the page in its own unique way.

Paul Fleischman has created not only a clear and fascinating guide to the insect world—from chrysalid butterflies to whirligig beetles—but an exultant celebration of life.

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About Paul Fleischman

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Paul R. Fleischman, MD, is the author of Cultivating Inner Peace, The Healing Spirit, and Spiritual Aspects of Psychiatric Practice. He has contributed to the American Journal of Psychiatry, Landscape, Nature, The Yale Review, and The University of Chicago Review. In 1993 he was awarded the Oskar Pfister award by the American Psychiatric Association. He lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.
Published September 24, 2013 by HarperCollins. 44 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Pub Date: March 1st, 1987 ISBN: 0060218525 Page count: ...

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As these titles suggest, Fleischman's poetry collections are designed to be read aloud by more than one person.

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In a book?), and ten other insects, many that "sing," are featured in this poetical book for children of all ages.

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