Academic journal article Language Arts

Seeds, Bees, Butterflies, and More!: Poems for Two Voices

Academic journal article Language Arts

Seeds, Bees, Butterflies, and More!: Poems for Two Voices

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Seeds, Bees, Butterflies, and More!: Poems for Two Voices Written by Carole Gerber Illustrated by Eugene Yelchin Henry Holt, 2013, unpaged, ISBN 978-0- 8050-9211-0

A honeybee and a bumblebee have a chat. A rose offers a worm a bit of its compost. A mouse assures a root of its importance. So begins the book jacket description of Seeds, Bees, Butterflies, and More: Poems for Two Voices. This collection of informational poetry can be approached as an invitation for a pair or group of readers to consider the world from the perspective of everyday plants and animals. The playful rhymes and unique points of view focus on up-close inspections of nature, including how dandelion seeds fly, cockleburs travel, and pansies propagate. Gerber's uses of personification and language embody the ways living things-green and colorful-are renewed throughout the year. …

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