Song of the Water Boatman and Other Pond Poems by Joyce Sidman
(Caldecott Honor Book, BCCB Blue Ribbon Nonfiction Book Award)

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From spring’s first thaw to autumn’s chill, the world of the pond is a dramatic place. Though seemingly quiet, ponds are teeming with life and full of surprises. Their denizens—from peepers to painted turtles, duckweed to diving beetles—lead secret and fascinating lives. A unique blend of whimsy, science, poetry, and hand-colored woodcuts, this Caldecott Honor-winning collection invites us to take a closer look at our hidden ponds and wetlands. Here is a celebration of their beauty and their mystery.

About Joyce Sidman

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Poet and author Joyce Sidman was born in Hartford, Connecticut on June 4, 1956. She received a B.A. in German from Wesleyan University and earned her teacher's certificate in 1983. Sidman teaches poetry and is a columnist for the St. Paul Pioneer Press. She has published several children's books, including Red Sings from Treetops, and she won the New Women's Voices award for Like the Air. Beckie Prange lives in Ely, Minnesota.Her first book received a Caldecott Honor.
Published April 4, 2005 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Both naturalistically portray a pond’s flora and fauna from Spring Peepers, herons and cattails, to the titular insect (singing a Gilbert and Sullivan–esque duet with a closely related Backswimmer), and a Painted Turtle settling “Into the Mud” for the winter: “Sun / slants low, / chill seeps into...

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For instance, two almost-identical water bugs—the water boatman and the backswimmer—trade stanzas in the title poem as if they were yeomen on a 19th-century schooner: "Yo, ho, ho ,/ the pond winds blow / and upside down is the way to go ."

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