Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices
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Annotation: A collection of poems describing the characteristics and activities of a variety of insects.
Genre: Poetry
Catalog Number: #165450
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Publisher: HarperCollins
Copyright Date: 1988
Edition Date: 1992
Illustrator: Beddows, Eric,
Pages: 44 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-06-446093-2 Perma-Bound: 0-8000-4077-5
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-06-446093-4 Perma-Bound: 978-0-8000-4077-2
Dewey: 811
LCCN: 87045280
Dimensions: 23 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
Publishers Weekly
In resonant voices and striking use of language, this 1989 Newbery Medal-winner explores the various sounds and concerns of the insect world. All ages. (Aug.)
School Library Journal
Gr 3 Up In this collection of 14 ``Poems for Two Voices'' about insects, Fleisch man surpasses its companion volume, I Am Phoenix (Harper, 1985). He has com bined the elements of sound and meaning to create clear, lively images of a variety of insects. Elements of repetition, ono matopoeia, and alliteration are effectively used to create a character for each of these creatures, with fireflies ``Flickering, flitting, flashing'' and mayflies ``lying, dy ing,'' which make these poems a joy for reading aloud. In addition, elements of personality, both fictional and real, are presented with charming effect. The love lorn moth who yearns for the lightbulb and the book lice who overcome their differing ``tastes'' represent the lighter side, while the digger wasp's reflection on the home it digs for children it will never see and ``Re quiem,'' written for the victims of ``Fall's first killing frost,'' represent real beha viors. Beddows uses personified black- and-white drawings to capture the feeling of the poems, including a sultry queen honeybee reclining on her couch. This book can join Bugs (Viking, 1976) by Mary Ann Hoberman and Never Say Ugh! to a Bug (Greenwillow, 1979) by Norma Farber as proof that insects are indeed the stuff of poetry. Barbara Chatton, Col lege of Education, University of Wyo ming, Laramie
Reading Level: 5.0
Interest Level: 4-7
Reading Counts!: reading level:5.2 / points:2.0 / quiz:Q06196
Lexile: NP

From the Newbery Medal-winning author of Seedfolks, Paul Fleischman, Joyful Noise is a collection of irresistible poems that celebrates the insect world.

Funny, sad, loud, and quiet, each of these poems resounds with a booming, boisterous, joyful noise.

The poems resound with the pulse of the cicada and the drone of the honeybee. They can be fully appreciated by an individual reader, but they're particularly striking when read aloud by two voices, making this an ideal pick for classroom use. Eric Beddows′s vibrant drawings send each insect soaring, spinning, or creeping off the page in its own unique way.

With Joyful Noise, Paul Fleischman created not only a fascinating guide to the insect world but an exultant celebration of life.


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