Thursday, April 04, 2013

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

Close your eyes and imagine you are a seedling sprouting up through the soil. The warm sun is just above the surface. Push! You can do it!

Carole Gerber's book Seeds, Bees, Butterflies, and More!: Poems for Two Voices makes nature's most complicated processes seem down to earth. Germination, pollination, and metamorphosis are experienced through the eyes of the seedling, bee, and caterpillar in a collection of poems for children.

Reading this book together is a great way to encourage reading with expression. Reader one reads aloud a line of the colored text on the left in each poem. Reader two reads an alternate colored text on the right. Words and phrases containing both colors are meant to be read in unison. 

Keep your eyes open and you might just see a bulb pop up this spring or a seedpod explode. Seeds, Bees, Butterflies, and More!: Poems for Two Voices is a picture book with a lively combination of art, science and poetry. If you like taking turns reading aloud, check out Mary Ann Hoberman's Very Short Fables to Read Together from the "You Read to Me, I'll Read to You" series in the Beginning Reader section of the Virginia Beach Public Library.

1 comment:

Carolyn said...

And for insects, Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices by Paul Fleischman