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Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices

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Written to be read aloud by two voices—sometimes alternating, sometimes simultaneous--here is a collection of irresistible poems that celebrate the insect world, from the short life of the mayfly to the love song of the book louse. Funny, sad, loud, and quiet, each of these poems resounds with a booming, boisterous, joyful noise.

In this remarkable volume of poetry for two
Paperback, 64 pages
Published January 4th 2005 by HarperCollins (first published 1988)
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As a literacy Coach, I am constantly being told about and asked for resources that will address specific components of reading.

It saddens and frustrates me when awesome books like this one are overlooked while dry/mundane/BORING "fluency" programs are being passed around and sucked up like pixie sticks at a pre-schoolers birthday party.

These poems are soooooo cool and interesting and fun. You can not help but to sound great as a readers when performing them with a parner. One of my favorite mom
Mary Ward
Paul Fliechman's book Joyful Noise is a collection of poems meant to be read by two voices. The collection of poems focuses on the theme of insects such as digger wasps, honey bees, and fireflies. Each poem is describes the life of the particular insect through creative rhythm. I enjoyed this book. Although I read it in my head, using my imagination to predict how the author envisioned the two voices to read the poems, I found each poem lively. If performed appropriately, I can almost guarantee ...more
Esther Barajikian
"Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices," is a Newbery Medal winning collection of poems written by Paul Fleischman. This whimsical compilation of verses that are designed to be read to two readers simultaneously, tells about the characteristics and activities of several interesting insects. The illustrations by Eric Beddows are beautiful pencil drawings that present the various characters soaring, spinning, and creeping amongst the pages.

I rated the book with 4 stars because it was a delightful cha
This book bugged the hell out of me.
"Book lice! / We are book lice!"

It is always a "joyful noise" when I hear my three year old son recite lines from the chapter books we read together the night before. It's fascinating to hear what sticks in that powerful engine of a brain of his.

Paul Fleischman's book of poetry is notorious and for good reason. The "poem for two voices" has been a genre I've used over and over again in my classroom, and I'm pretty sure Fleischman is the creator of this poetic form. I'm pleased to have finally re
I haven't read these poems since I was in college, and I love them! I am in awe at the cleverness of Fleischman, to write for two voices. You can practically hear both voices in your head as you read them. I also listened to them on CD and that was a great thing, as well. This is some good poetry!
Debbie Reiber
Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices by Paul Fleischman is a book of poems. This book won the John Newberry medal in 1989. The age group this book is intended for is intermediate. The book is full of poems about insects and is meant to be read by two readers. I listened to the audio version and followed along with the book.
I like the two voices together in harmony; I, especially, enjoyed when the lines were in rounds. The rhythm in the reading was expressed well with two voices, but also showed on
Evan Taylor
“Poetry is the opening and closing of a door, leaving those who look through to guess about what is seen during the moment.” -Carl Sandburg

I strongly believe that poetry is to be read aloud and not in silence and solitude. Paul Freishman’s Joyful Noise is created for this type of reading. The book is laid out so that two people can read through the poem together, there is no poem in this book that is made for one person to read silently by themselves. On each page the stanzas have been broken up
Tani Griffin
This is a group of poems about insects, meant to be read aloud by two readers. I thought that sounded quite fun, and even began to imagine using this book in the classroom. Until I actually tried it out. My husband and I read some, a sixteen-year-old friend read a few with me. And we were all terribly bored; I had to insist we read them all. The writing is simply not even interesting. My husband called it "apathetic melodrama." I've rarely been more happy for a book to be done.
Have you ever sat outside at dusk, far away from the city lights, and soaked in the sounds of nature? The insect serenade is calming, a kind of joyful noise in its own right.

Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices is a collection of 14 poems about insects - from grasshoppers and fireflies to house crickets and book lice. They are meant to be read simultaneously by "Two Voices" in verse that always compliments and frequently overlaps.

I have a daughter who loves to read poetry and we had a great time r
Brandi Smith
This collection of poetry won the Newbery Award in 1989. It's audience spans from birth to age 18(N-A). Each poem is about a different insect and divided into columns so that it can easily be read by two people.
I was immediately drawn to the idea of two people reciting a poem together. I thought it might be something fun to do with my 3 year old, and, with that in mind decided to review this book. The collection is very cohesive. The illustrations, while beautifully detailed do not, in my opinio
I read this book with my sister (we're both adults). It was well-written, interesting, and often humorous. The best part for me, though, was laughing out loud as we reached the end of a poem, were tongue twisted by a dissonant verse, or achieved a particularly tricky passage. This book definitely produces joyful noise!!
A fun collection of poems. The two voices is something I haven't seen before (I don't think) but it is interesting. It adds to the rhythm and the feel of the poems in unique ways.
Michael Scotto
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Alix Mckee
This is a great book to use when studying poetry but really demands to be read aloud by two voices. It just doesn't work as a silent read or done by oneself.
Kelly Walter
This is just one of those books that is plain happy. I have dreams about this book. I want to buy it and teach my future children to read with it. I want them to not only learn words, but the music of words with me while reading this book. I want them to feel its rhythm. Because it can't be read properly without two people that are on the same page with each other. And when it's done well, then wow. THAT is a beautiful piece of music. I guess I'm just dreaming that someday when I'm a grandma, th ...more
Emily Uebel
This is a poem book where two people are supposed to read the left side and right side at the same time. It is stated that in the begging of the book that when their two parts mesh it is a musical duet, and when readers have lines at the same horizontal level those lines are spoken simultaneously. I think this is a great book for kids eight and older and is a great way for readers to get familiar with poems and how they rhyme which is why I believe it won the Newberry Medal. Also, this book teac ...more
Summer Hemphill
While Joyful Noise by Paul Fleischman came off as a meaningful and passionate read, I do not believe that this book will be well receipted by young readers. The complicated structure of the words on the page made it difficult to read and follow. Also, while the illustrations (by Eric Beddows) are elaborate and impressive, they lack character. The literal sense of insects in which the illustrations are drawn add no element of excitement or joy to the poems that follow them.

While the words that Fl
Samantha Powley
Joyful Noises by Paul Fleischman, is a collection of poems about different types of insects. Some of the insects talked about are mayflies, butterflies, and many more. These poems share all kinds of emotions from happy to sad to even humor. The poem I enjoyed the most was the poem titled Honeybees. It is about the life of a worker honeybee and then the life of the queen honeybee. Each honeybee tell what’s it like to be them and all the work they do. The worker honeybee has it harder than the que ...more
Irina Ryabyy
Joyful Noise by Paul Fleischam and illustrated by Eric Beddows is a Newberry Medal book that is to be read aloud by two voices. It has received the ALA Notable Children's Book Award, ALA Best Book for Young Adults, Boston Globe- Horn Book Award Honor Book, and Notable Children's Book in the Language Arts. One reader takes the left-hand part and the other takes the right hand part and read from top to bottom. This collection contains cute poems about insects like grasshoppers, mayflies, fireflies ...more
Joyful Noise is a collection of 14 poems, each about a different insect. The poetry, accompanied by illustrations evokes the emotions of each bug, bringing their personalities’ to life. It is subtitled Poems for Two Voices reflects the format of each poem; written in two columns making them perfect for two readers.

The natural rhythms and emotions evoked by the words, clearly places this book into the genre of poetry. These poems allow the reader to create images of the insects from a perspectiv
Eliza Thomas

"Joyful Noise" is a collection of poems written for two people to read aloud. All of the poems are about insects and provide interesting information in short stanzas. To use this book for instruction, I could put a copy of one of the poems on the projector. I could first model to the class how to read it using a volunteer, and then have the whole class read one part while I read another. This model of instruction allows all students to participate in the reading without making any one stud
listened to Joyful Noise on audiobook, because I think the author intended audiences to listen rather than read. The audiobook was fun - the duality of talented voice actors was bouncy and interesting. It was accompanied by bug sounds. The audiobook was paired with a second poetry book of Paul Fleishmann's similar content I Am Phoenix , but about birds rather than bugs. If you enjoyed Joyful Noise, I recommend I Am Phoenix as it's essentially the same. I can imagine these books are both popular ...more
This is a really beautiful collection of poems. The rhythms bring the insect subjects to life and benefit from being read aloud by two voices. Some, such as Book Lice, are humorous, while others, such as Digger Wasp, which begins "I will never see my children," appeal to our human senses. The lovely imagery Fleischman creates and Beddows's wonderful illustrations work together well to honor these little winged and/or six-legged creatures.
Kristine Mathias
This is a great book for elementary aged children. It is full of poems that tell a story. They don't necessarily rhyme which I like because so many children's books make it seem that poetry must rhyme. The author uses colorful language that helps to enhance a child's vocabulary and will hopefully provoke them to ask questions about what it means. All of the poems in the book are about insects and each poem has tone that matches each insect it is discussing. Grasshoppers is one of my favorites in ...more
Sarah Rourke
I really enjoyed this book because it was informational as well as fun to read. There were short poems about different insects throughout the book, that gave information and fun facts about the insects. I liked how the poems weren't too short or long, and were easy to read and understand. I think this would be a great poem book to share with my students.

I think this book would be useful in the classroom for a science unit on insects. The students would be learning about different types of insec
Lizeth Velazquez
Fleischman, Paul. Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices (1988). This children's poetry is in the form of drama anthology where two people read. One person reads the left side and the second person reads the right side. However, there are moments when both read at the same time the same words and other moments each one gets to read different words at the very same time to make for drama. I've not always been into poetry but this drama anthology format did appeal to me. It is sort of like reader's th ...more
Shannon Alexander
I found this collection of poems to be very interesting because they are meant to read aloud by 2 different people. Sometimes the voices are alternating and other times they are meant to speak in unison. All of the poems explore the world of insects.

I think this collection of poems would be beneficial for children in several ways. First off, it provides information about insects and shows things in the perspective of the insects. Secondly, it can be used to explore poetry. Since all of the poem
"Joyful Noise" by Paul Fleischman is a collection of poems meant to be read by two readers. My husband and I read these poems together, and it was a fun enjoyable read. The poems describe life moments of gleaming fireflies, whirligig beetles, singing cicadas, and other insects. The artfully chosen words and illustrations bring the insects to life. I fell in love with “Water Striders” and “Book Lice” for their subtle and innocent humor.

This collection of poems for two voices is a great book to ha
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Paul Fleischman grew up in Santa Monica, California. The son of well-known children's novelist Sid Fleischman, Paul was in the unique position of having his famous father's books read out loud to him by the author as they were being written. This experience continued throughout his childhood.
Paul followed in his father's footsteps as an author of books for young readers, and in 1982 he released
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