By the same Caldecott-winning author as Red Sings from Treetops, Joyce Sidman‘s Ubiquitous is aimed toward older kids, but even little ones can enjoy the animal poems with gorgeous woodcut illustrations by Beckie Prange. Obviously, the more detailed information on species survival is lost on toddlers, but this is a book that works on different levels with real potential to “grow with the child.” School Library Journal: “This volume of beautifully illustrated poems investigates the natural world, from the single-celled bacteria and diatom to the ever-present ant and dandelion. Well-researched science facts are paired with vivid poems to describe how these very special life forms avoided extinction to become nature’s survivors. . . . Each spread includes a poem, amazing facts, and an exquisite, hand-colored linocut. . . . This melding of science and humor makes enjoyable reading.” Giggle factor: varies by species. Adult enjoyment: if you like both art and science. Illustrations: four jelly jars.


~ by kaychubbuck on July 30, 2010.

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