Academic journal article Language Arts

Winter Bees and Other Poems of the Cold

Academic journal article Language Arts

Winter Bees and Other Poems of the Cold

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Winter Bees and Other Poems of the Cold Written by Joyce Sidman Illustrated by Rick Allen Harcourt Houghton Mifflin, 2014, 32 pp., ISBN 978-0- 547- 90650- 8

This distinguished collection features 12 poems about cold weather. There are poems about animals (e.g., snake, chickadee, and moose) and how they are affected by winter weather as well as poems about snowflakes and trees. Accompanying each poem is informational text related to the subject. One of my favorite poems is titled "What Do the Trees Know?" and it reads, "What do the trees know?/To bend when all the wild winds blow. Roots are deep and time is slow./All we grasp we must let go./What do the trees know?/Buds can weather ice and snow./Dark gives way to sunlight's glow./ Strength and stillness help us grow" (pp. 22-23). The informational text accompanying this poem describes the different ways that coniferous (evergreen) and deciduous (leafy) trees "know" how to deal with freezing temperatures. …

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