Pond Circle by Betsy Franco

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On a summer night by a small pond, all seems still. But a closer look reveals a world of activity—mayflies dart, beetles dive, frogs spring, skunks shuffle, and owls swoop. As a young girl watches, the circle of life unfolds. Betsy Franco’s rhythmic, cumulative text makes this a lively read-aloud, and rich, luminous paintings by Stefano Vitale capture the bold beauty of nature. Young readers will be inspired to journey into their own backyards and discover the wonder of the living, breathing world around them.

About Betsy Franco

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Betsy Franco has spent more than twenty years showing children the beauty, depth, and fun of math and science through her picture books. She lives with her husband in Palo Alto, California. Visit her website at betsyfranco.com. Stefano Vitale is the illustrator of several books for children, including the New York Times bestseller Why War Is Never a Good Idea by Alice Walker. Stefano lives with his wife and children in Venice, Italy. Please visit his website at stefanovitale.com.
Published June 9, 2009 by Margaret K. McElderry Books. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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But when the food chain arrives at a snake eating a frog and a skunk eating the snake, one wonders what carnage lies ahead.

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The majority of the book is a cumulative poem—“This is the water/ the deep, still water/ that filled the pond/ by Anna’s house./ This is the algae/ the jade green algae...”—though Franco abandons the format, somewhat awkwardly, with two closing stanzas in Anna’s voice.

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