1. Oh, the poor snail! I’m impressed you found one outside. Snail shells are fun to draw and the artwork is lovely! While I’ve heard of Dark Emperor, we haven’t read it yet.

    Did the informative prose help make the book more interesting for your girls? I’ve noticed my daughter needs to be in the right mood in order to enjoy her poetry. It’s best not to force it on her but slide it in with the other books we read. I’ve also noticed her favorite poems tell a story that is easily understood. This week we discovered she is a fan of Ogden Nash after reading “The Tale of the Custard Dragon” and “The Adventures of Isabel.” However, she chose to illustrate “Rabbit” by Mary Ann Hoberman.

  2. I’m not sure if the information helped the girls like the poetry better, but I enjoyed it. 🙂 Poetry tends to be something they complain about but actually enjoy once we engage with it. It sometimes is really over their heads, but I know it’s worthwhile for them to hear it, anyway. You’re right about the narrative poems, though. When we’ve read stories in verse (like the tale of the finding of King Tut’s tomb), they are enthralled.

    Thanks for the push to get back out our art supplies! It has been a while, but we’re enjoying it!

  3. This one is on my list to read. I love how her books make excellent science tie-ins. Her “Ubiquitous” book is a great science-as-poetry book too. In fact she has four or five of those types of books. Her “Eureka! Poems About Inventors” is a fun one.
    Amy, are you in the Memphis-ish area?? (Due to your zoo quote, I’m wondering. Because I am – in the Memphis-ish area.)

    • Amy

      This is the first of Sidman’s poetry we’ve read, but I’ll definitely have to look up the other titles you mention. No, we’re not in or around Memphis. We’re in north Alabama, but Memphis is the best zoo within easy driving distance. We usually visit several times a year. 🙂

  4. The science text did help my boys swallow the poetry pill. It’s funny; they’ll gobble up rhyming picture books with delight (still — they are 4th and 6th grade now) but if I label something as “poetry” they scramble for the hills. But they were willing to sit and think about how well the poetry illustrated the facts on the opposite page.

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