In the Small, Small Pond
In the Small, Small Pond
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Annotation: Illustrations and rhyming text describe the activities of animals living in and near a small pond as spring progresses to autumn.
Catalog Number: #17447
Format: Perma-Bound Big Book
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Special Formats: Big Book Big Book
Publisher: Henry Holt & Co.
Copyright Date: 1993
Edition Date: 2006
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-8050-8117-8
ISBN 13: 978-0-8050-8117-6
Dewey: E
Dimensions: 46 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Using wonderful collages, Fleming offers a frog's view of the changing seasons at a small, small pond. It's spring, and the frog jumps into the pool, where tadpoles wiggle and jiggle and baby ducks waddle and wade. As summer arrives, days grow lazier: drowse, doze, eyes close. In the autumn, pile, pack, muskrats stack, and when the snow finally starts falling, it's a cold night / sleep tight. In the small, small pond. Adults will certainly be more aware than children of Fleming's subtle use of color to indicate the changing seasons, but listeners will get a kick out of the simple, yet bouncy rhymes, the brevity of which makes this book suitable for even the youngest. To make her pictures, Fleming poured colored cotton pulp through hand-cut stencils onto handmade paper. The art has both a fluidity of design and a precision of definition that make it a pleasure to view--something individuals and groups will enjoy doing. (Reviewed Sept. 1, 1993)
Horn Book
Employing the same method of illustration that she used in her award-winning 'In the Tall, Tall Grass' (Holt), Fleming creates eye-catching compositions with bold, vibrant forms. The rhymed text consists of three or four words, primarily verbs, printed large on each page and arranged so that they seem to move along with the images. A perfect prelude to a field trip to the local pond.
Kirkus Reviews
<p>In the same format and gorgeous illustrative style, a companion to In the Tall, Tall Grass (1991, Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor), with the succinct rhyming text (``waddle, wade, geese parade''), in bold black, beautifully integrated into art created in the process of making paper from pulp dyed in brilliant colors. This time, the child observer is Oriental; and where the first book moved from noon to night, the implicitly suggested cycle here is from tadpole and gosling to ``Chill breeze, winter freeze.'' Another perfect introduction to nature for the very young. (Picture book. 1-6)</p>
Publishers Weekly
In a starred review, PW praised the """"stunning"""" spreads and """"zippy"""" language of this peek at the life of a freshwater pond through the seasons; a Caldecott Honor book. Ages 2-6. (Oct.)
Word Count: 64
Reading Level: 2.0
Interest Level: P-2
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 2.0 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 11175 / grade: Lower Grades
Lexile: NP
Guided Reading Level: K
Fountas & Pinnell: K

New big books to share with a group! Big books are ideal for use with a large group--they are oversized at 14-1/2 x 18 inches. A perfect way to enjoy Holt favorites with many children at once! Denise Fleming's Caldecott Honor book illustrates a small, small pond through the seasons while introducing common wildlife and action verbs.

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