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Winter Bees & Other Poems of the Cold
Contributor(s): Sidman, Joyce, Allen, Rick (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0547906501     ISBN-13: 9780547906508
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
    OUR PRICE: $16.20  
Product Type: School And Library - Other Formats
Published: November 2014
Annotation: Celebrates the animals who hibernate and survive in the cold during the winter months.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Poetry
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Animals
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Science & Nature | Earth Sciences
Dewey: 811/.54
LCCN: 2013039007
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 2-3, Age 7-8
Book type: Easy Non Fiction
Physical Information: 11.25" H x 10.00" W x 0.25" (0.98 lbs) 28 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 169523
Reading Level: 6.1   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2015 Spring)
Sidman exemplifies winter survival strategies of a well-chosen sample of species. Her poems are precise, evocative, lyrical, varied in tone; facts in succinct (separate) prose illuminate the imagery of each. It's as beautiful visually as it is verbally: winter's browns, blues, and whites are warmed with glowing honey tones; a note describes Allen's "unlikely marriage" of hand-colored linoleum blocks with computer techniques. Glos.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2014 #6)
In winter, bees ("we are nothing on our own") keep their precious queen warm by massing together into a "sizzling ball." Hibernating garter snakes, safe in a cave, "'round each other twist and fold / to weave a heavy cloak of cold." Intrepid moose "shrug off the cold," while beavers retreat to their "dim oval room" to "groom, snack, kiss" between dives "in the under-ice world." Framing her twelve-poem cycle with the fall departure of tundra swans and a "Triolet for Skunk Cabbage," that harbinger of spring, Sidman exemplifies the survival strategies of a well-chosen sample of species. Her poems, as usual, are lovely -- precise, evocative, lyrical, varied in tone; relevant facts in succinct (separate) prose illuminate the imagery of each. (There's a glossary, too, a score or so of terms from abdomen to vole and including pantoum.) Winter Bees is as beautiful visually as it is verbally. Winter's deep browns, blues, and whites are warmed with glowing honey tones, while a fox, caught mid-pounce in glorious red and gold on the cover, lurks throughout. A note describes the artist's "unlikely marriage" of hand-colored linoleum blocks with computer techniques: the engraver's tool lends strength; a digital laid paper effect provides pleasing texture. There's a pleasing subtext, too: these creatures can play vital roles for one another -- the "Alarm-on-the-wind" raven alerts wolves to prey they'll share; multitudinous springtails ("snow fleas") sustain chickadees. A handsome, persuasive, and authentic ambassador for creatures in their natural state. joanna rudge lon Copyright 2014 Horn Book Magazine.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2014 September #2)

Just as Sidman and Allen saw through the ominousness of night to find beauty and joy in the Newbery Honor–winning Dark Emperor, they now discover warmth, community, and wisdom in the dead of winter. Sidman's 12 poems draw readers through the first whiff of winter that sends tundra swans migrating to warmer climates ("As we tucked beaks/ into feathers and settled for sleep,/ our wings knew") to the humble, unlikely first observers of spring's arrival: skunk cabbage and springtails (snow fleas). Along the way, readers are treated to fascinating details about snakes, beavers, wolves, ravens, and other animals in extensive sidebars, while Allen's hand-colored, digitally layered linocuts bring a stately majesty to every page. Each poem brings a sense of humor, respect, or wonder to its subject, from minuscule bees "Born with eyelash legs/ and tinsel wings" to an imposing "slumberous moose." Ages 6–9. (Nov.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2014 November)

K-Gr 4—The 12 selections in this collection offer a winter wonderland of deftly crafted poetry, fascinating science facts, an amazingly rich vocabulary, and stunning illustrations. In the title poem, the bees are lyrically described, "Born with eyelash legs/and tinsel wings/we are nothing on our own./Together, we are One….Deep in the winter hive,/we burn like a golden sun." In "Big Brown Moose," the animal humorously chants, "I'm a big brown moose,/I'm a rascally moose,/I'm a moose with a tough shaggy hide…" Science facts about the animals' lives in harsh winter climates appear in sidebars on each spread. Sidman explores the safe places that allow for survival, such as in the underwater beaver lodge, "In the dim oval room,/they groom, snack, kiss;/strong brown bullets that dive/in the under-ice world." The poet also includes the role of plant species in the process, such as the skunk cabbage that signals spring's arrival as the first plant to sprout through the snow and its importance as it attracts insect pollinators. Readers come to understand that the seemingly barren winter is actually teaming with the hidden activity of plant and animal life. Allen's intricately detailed, hand-colored, linoleum prints jump off the page, wrap around the words, and breathe life into the foxes, voles, swans, wolves, and more. This combination provides a magnificent celebration of winter that delights and informs. A comprehensive glossary of specialized words is included. Douglas Florian's Winter Eyes (Greenwillow, 1999), Barbara Rogasky's Winter Poems (Scholastic, 1995), and Anna Grossnickle Hines's Winter Lights (Greenwillow, 1995) also celebrate the season but cover a wide range of events. Winter Bees distinguishes itself with a focus on the science of animal survival, coupled with superlative illustrations. Readers young and old will enjoy this winter journey and marvel at the wonders of nature.—Carole Phillips, Greenacres Elementary School, Scarsdale, NY

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