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Review of Hello, Earth!: Poems to Our Planet

Hello, Earth!: Poems to Our Planet by Joyce Sidman; illus. by Miren Asiain Lora Primary, Intermediate    Eerdmans    72 pp.    g 2/21    978-0-8028-5528-2    $18.99 Sidman’s collection of short poems considers a variety of earth science concepts. On gorgeously illustrated pages that portray the planet in terms of space and time, weather...

Review of Dear Treefrog

Dear Treefrog by Joyce Sidman; illus. by Diana Sudyka Primary    Houghton    40 pp.    g 5/21    978-0-358-06476-3    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-0-358-06671-2    $12.99 In what is in essence a nonfiction early-chapter-book in verse, a young girl moves to a new home. She’s lonely, but when she explores the garden, she observes a...

The Book That Changed My Life: Advice for an Author

I came across Alice Schertle’s book Advice for a Frog, published in 1995 and illustrated by Norman Green, at a time when I was still trying to find my voice in children’s literature. I’d written two middle-grade novels (rejected); countless picture-book texts (all rejected); many, many adult poems (let’s not...

Review of The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian’s Art Changed Science

The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian’s Art Changed Scienceby Joyce Sidman; 
photos by the authorIntermediate    Houghton    140 pp.    g2/18    978-0-544-71713-8    $17.99e-book ed.  978-1-328-83028-9    $9.99Sidman introduces readers to Maria Merian, a seventeenth-century German naturalist whose illustrations of the life cycles of butterflies and moths included groundbreaking scientific details, such...

Review of Before Morning

Before Morningby Joyce Sidman; 
illus. by Beth KrommesPreschool    Houghton    48 pp.10/16    978-0-547-97917-5    $17.99    gSidman and Krommes (Butterfly Eyes and Other Secrets of the Meadow, rev. 9/06; Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature, rev. 9/11) reunite for this picture-book evocation of a child’s hopes. Wordless front-matter illustrations rendered in Krommes’s signature...

Five questions for Joyce Sidman

Today's foremost nature poet for children, Joyce Sidman published her first lyrical, observant, and scrupulously annotated nature study in 2005, with Song of the Water Boatman & Other Pond Poems, illustrated by Beckie Prange. But Joyce is at home with all manner of subjects, with Before Morning, out this fall,...

Teamwork: Pictures in My Head

In the deep woolen dark,as we slumber unknowing,let the sky fill with flurry and flight.Let the air turn to feathers,the earth turn to sugar,and all that is heavyturn light…As an editor, when authors give me such powerful, precise words, I almost immediately begin to imagine them with pictures. In the...

Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature

Swirl by Swirl is one of the most beautiful books of the year. I can’t get enough of it.Krommes’ colored scratchboard illustrations invite the reader to slow down and quietly enter the world that she and poet Joyce Sidman have created, a world of spirals in nature. Each page is...

Our busy weekend

Friday night we all got dressed up and went to the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards, then out to a posh dinner -- very late -- and back to work the next morning for the Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium. (More on both of these events soon from Roger and others....

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