Ubiquitous by Joyce Sidman & Beckie Prange
Celebrating Nature's Survivors

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From the creators of the Caldecott Honor Book Song of the Water Boatman and Other Pond Poems comes a celebration of ubiquitous life forms among us. Newbery Honor-winning poet Joyce Sidman presents another unusual blend of fine poetry and fascinating science illustrated in exquisite hand-colored linocuts by Caldecott Honor artist Beckie Prange.

Ubiquitous (yoo-bik-wi-tuhs): Something that is (or seems to be) everywhere at the same time.

Why is the beetle, born 265 million years ago, still with us today? (Because its wings mutated and hardened). How did the gecko survive 160 million years? (By becoming nocturnal and developing sticky toe pads.) How did the shark and the crow and the tiny ant survive millions and millions of years? When 99 percent of all life forms on earth have become extinct, why do some survive? And survive not just in one place, but in many places: in deserts, in ice, in lakes and puddles, inside houses and forest and farmland? Just how do they become ubiquitous?


About Joyce Sidman & Beckie Prange

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Joyce Sidman lives in Wayzata, Minnesota. www.joycesidman.com Beckie Prange lives in Ely, Minnesota. Her first book received a Caldecott Honor. www.beckieprange.com
Published April 5, 2010 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 40 pages
Genres: History, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Health, Fitness & Dieting. Fiction

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Sidman delights with another gorgeous collection of poems celebrating the natural world, this time focusing on species remarkable for their ability to adapt and thrive in an often-harsh world.

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Asked how a discussion of beetle wings with her biologist sister led to this brilliant evolutionary timeline of Earth’s survivors, ranging from 3.8 billion-year-old bacteria to mere 100,000-year-old humans, Joyce Sidman says that “the Big Question that led to the book was: Why do some organisms t...

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The breathless prose poem "Tail Tale," for instance, nicely captures the quickness of the squirrel: "Sure dogs run fast but what can they do in a tree nothing besides paw the trunk and stare at us hungrily as we dash from limb to limb sailing out over the leaves with our parachute tails which by ...

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