Thursday, April 16, 2009

Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices Ages 6-12

Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices
By Paul Fleischman
Illustrated by Eric Beddows
Edition: illustrated
Published by Sagebrush Education Resources, 1992
ISBN 083358555X, 9780833585554
Ages 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
In this remarkable volume of poetry for two voices, a companion to "I Am Pheonix," Paul Fleischman verbally re-creates the "Booming / boisterous / joyful noise" of insects. The poems resound with the pulse of the cicada and the drone of the honeybee. Eric Beddow's vibrant drawings send each insect soaring, spinning, or creeping off the page in its own unique way.

Paul Fleischman has created not only a clear and fascinating guide to the insect world - from chrysalid butterflies to whirligig beetles - but and exultant celebration of life.

Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices is Paul Fleischman's Newbery Medal-winning book for the year 1989.

The book is a collection of fourteen children's poems about insects such as mayflies, lice, and honeybees. The concept is unusual in that the poems are intended to be read aloud by two people. Some lines are spoken by the readers simultaneously, while others are read alternately by the speakers. It is very good for young people to learn to work together. Some lines may also be said together but have different words. Young students could experiment with literal voice by reading these poems in different ways. This literacy event could be integrated with science content. WIKIPEDIA

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