Song of the Water Boatman and Other Pond Poems

Song of the Water Boatman and Other Pond Poems


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From spring’s first thaw to autumn’s chill, the world of the pond is a dramatic place. Though seemingly quiet, ponds are teeming with life and full of surprises. Their denizens—from peepers to painted turtles, duckweed to diving beetles—lead secret and fascinating lives. A unique blend of whimsy, science, poetry, and hand-colored woodcuts, this Caldecott Honor-winning collection invites us to take a closer look at our hidden ponds and wetlands. Here is a celebration of their beauty and their mystery.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780618135479
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 04/04/2005
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 227,160
Product dimensions: 9.50(w) x 11.50(h) x 0.39(d)
Age Range: 4 - 7 Years

About the Author

Beckie Prange lives in Ely, Minnesota. Her first book received a Caldecott Honor.  

The Newbery Honor winner Joyce Sidman is today's foremost nature poet for children.  Accolades for her books include two Caldecott Honors, a Lee Bennet Hopkins Award, winner of the Claudia Lews Award, and many stars and best of lists.  For her award-winning body of work, she won the Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children. She lives in Wayzata, Minnesota. Visit

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Song of the Water Boatman and Other Pond Poems 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
JanetB2 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Beatifully illustrated and written poetry about pond life. Includes informational sidebars about the creatures described.
cmesa1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wonderful poems that take you to the live of a pond from spring to the begging of autumn. I like the fact that each poems was connected to a science explanation of the animal and the kids were able to learn about them. I even learn about new animals that i never heard of like water boatman, backswimmer how they both have boat-shaped bodies however the backswimmer spends its life on its back.
derbygirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
(easy, poetry) Elements of a pond from pond critters to pond plants are described in poetic verse and tied to non fiction entries. This book would be a good oppurtunity to tie poetry in to a science unit.
DayehSensei on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An amazing collection of poems, illustrations, and nonfiction passages about various animals and insects who live in and around ponds. This book, and its follow up (Butterfly Eyes and Other Secrets of the Meadow) should be in every elementary science classroom.
Alexandra1600 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sidman's poetry stimulates the senses and transforms the reader into an aquatic world of imagery, verse and science!
teacherliz on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wow!!! I love this book!!! (Sorry, that's not a very academic start but I couldn't help myself. Now onto the official stuff...)Each double-page has a poem and a non-fiction piece to match, along with an incredible woodcut illustration - all around the theme of ponds.Caldecott Honor Book 2006, BCCB Blue Ribbon Nonfiction Book Award 2005.This could obviously be used in a study of pond ecosystems (as in the 4th grade curriculum). Each non-fiction piece gives facts that would enhance students' understanding of the science aspect and help them comprehend the poem. In particular, "In the Depths of the Summer Pond" is a poem about a food chain that is similar to "There was an Old Woman who Swallowed a Fly" in that it starts with one thing eating another and then repeats that but adds one more thing to the food chain. It could also be used in a study of poetry to show how poetry is connected to real life and how it can help us look at things in a new light. Also in looking at different devices that poets use - repetition, shape, alliteration etc. Sidman uses these beautifully.
theCajunLibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A good book sometimes makes us look at common things in new ways. This book of poems encourages readers to look deeper at nature to find more beauty. The in-depth scientific information about pond animals and their habitats make this an invaluable tool for science instruction.
pjw1173 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the third Sidman book, or is it the fourth, that I bought this year on Amazon. The book blends poems and non fiction to make a fun book for both my classroom library and for me to use as a mentor text. This book focuses on the organisms that live in a pond.
mrcmyoung on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Joyce Sidman does it again, bringing mystery and wonder to animals, insects and plants that we might take for granted if she didn't encourage us to look closely and listen carefully. Her beautiful poetry is accompanied by factual information about the subjects, making it a match for both ELA and science units.
rileykoch on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Eleven poems -- all uplifting. a wonderful book
bekstrom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is a compilation of poetry. It is also informational because on each page with each poem is a discription of the animal. They are written to purposely express feelings, ideas, and emotions through the use of sound, rhythm, and various patterns. They are shorter in nature. The style of this book incorperates a lot of imagery, similies, metaphors, and rhythm. The discriptive language used helps paint a picture in the students mind. I would use this book in an intermediate classroom. The type of media used are colored woodcuts.
restock on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a collection of poems. The poems and the illustrations are classic. I docked a 1/2 point because all of the poems were not absolute hits for me, but the book is absolutly one for the classroom.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago