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Butterfly Eyes and other Secrets of the Meadow
Contributor(s): Sidman, Joyce, Krommes, Beth (Illustrator)
ISBN: 061856313X     ISBN-13: 9780618563135
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Product Type: School And Library - Other Formats
Published: September 2006
Annotation: Discover the hidden world of the meadow in this unique combination
of poetry riddles and science wisdom. Beginning with the rising sun
and ending with twilight, this book takes us on a tour through the
fields, encouraging us to watch for a nest of rabbits, a foamy spittlebug,
a leaping grasshopper, bright milkweed, a quick fox, and a
cruising hawk.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Children's poetry, American.
Meadow animals; Juvenile poetry.
Meadows; Juvenile poetry.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Poetry
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Science & Nature
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Animals
Dewey: 811/.54
LCCN: 2005003921
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 3-4, Age 8-9
Book type: Juvenile Non-Fiction
Physical Information: 10.75" H x 9.25" W x 0.40" (1.00 lbs) 32 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 108584
Reading Level: 5.3   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q39436
Reading Level: 4.3   Interest Level: Grades 3-5   Point Value: 2.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2007 Spring)
Eight pairs of "poetry riddles" present such related elements as the spittlebug and the xylem sap it sucks from its host plant. A spread giving answers to the riddles and adding specific details about, say, "dew and grasshopper," follows each pair of poems. The verse is vivid, melodious, and rich in variety. Krommes's scratchboard illustrations are splendid, reflecting precise observation. An elegantly conceived, beautifully integrated volume. Glos. Copyright 2007 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2006 #5)
The author of Song of the Water Boatman (rev. 5/05) takes a similar approach to a wild meadow. Eight pairs of "poetry riddles" present such related elements as the spittlebug ("Beautiful bubbles / bubbles of spume / guard me and hide me / in my bubble-room...What am I?") and the xylem sap it sucks from its host plant. A spread giving answers to the riddles and adding specific details about, say, "dew and grasshopper" or "goldfinch and hawk" follows each pair of poems. Sidman goes beyond diurnal and seasonal changes to explain such concepts as succession, defined in a glossary as "naturally occurring a community of plants and animals." Featured species include a range of land vertebrates plus many other organisms. The verse is vivid, melodious, rich in variety. Cadence evokes creature: a fox that "trots / through / meadow-gold grass / in dawn sun"; the hawk's wings with "their span that gathers wind / effortlessly, and of course their / deadly, folding dive." A pantoum's repetitions predict the forest's eventual reclamation of the meadow; a concrete poem about a toad ("sticky tongue"; "paleslimybellyblownuplikeaballoon") is especially felicitous. The poem referred to in the title neatly conveys the intriguing fact that butterflies "see more than we see" (their "favorite extra-special secret color" is ultraviolet). Krommes's scratchboard illustrations are splendid -- though stylized and decorative, they reflect such precise observation that each species is easily recognizable. An elegantly conceived, beautifully integrated volume. Copyright 2006 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2006 October)

K-Gr 5 As in Song of the Water Boatman (Houghton, 2005), Sidman applies her flair with poetry to explore the interactions of creatures and plants in a particular environment. Here, she employs varied poetic forms with simple explanations for a pleasing introduction to meadow ecology. The poems are posed as riddles in facing pairs: We are the ghosts/of those/who have come before/The gray ones/Leaping/Gone/ What are we? The spread following each set answers the questions and describes briefly an aspect of each animal's physiology or behavior. Visual clues complement the poetic suggestions in striking scratchboard scenes that are saturated with color. The busy, patterned views provide readers with much to see in this meadow, including magnified views of the insect denizens. They also incorporate ample white space for the text, nicely highlighting the visual qualities of much of the poetry. Sidman concludes with a brief explanation of how meadows change over time and eventually become forests through the process of succession. This term is defined again in the glossary, which also includes one poetry form, the pantoum. This book is a handsome and versatile compendium, melding art, poetry, and natural history.Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston

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